Penn State University Police and Public Safety

About Us

About University Police and Public Safety

Established in 1926 as Campus Patrol, today Penn State University Police and Public Safety is responsible for protecting and serving more than 100,000 of Penn State’s students, employees and visitors at 22 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania.

University Police and Public Safety provides multiple resources and services, including police services, behavioral threat management, Clery compliance and police records, emergency management, and physical security.

The police division is a full-service police agency with sworn police officers who have full law enforcement authority. University Police is one, cohesive department serving 22 campuses across Pennsylvania. Specialized units include:

  • Criminal Investigations
  • K-9
  • Bike Patrol
  • Bomb Technicians
  • Drone Unit
  • Dispatching Services
  • Community-Oriented Policing
  • Student Auxiliary Officers

University Police and Public Safety proactively connects with the Penn State community by offering free educational programs and services, attending community meetings and events, and collaborating with University and locally-based agencies and services that help foster a safe and healthy community.

The University Police and Public Safety headquarters is located at University Support Building I, University Park.

Our Mission

We serve and protect our community with respect, professionalism, and accountability, while striving for excellence.

Our Vision

It is the vision of the Penn State University Police and Public Safety Department to:

  • Become a leader in innovative campus policing and public safety practices;
  • Engage stakeholders in problem-solving and crime prevention strategies;
  • Provide consistent professional and value-added service to our communities;
  • Establish a cohesive, inclusive, and innovative work environment;
  • Establish a resilient University; and
  • Maintain a commitment to excellence.