DEPARTMENT of PUBLIC SAFETY
On behalf of Gettysburg College (GC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS), I would like to welcome you to the DPS's webpages. The DPS is an organization of committed professionals who possess a strong desire and willingness to provide its community members with quality safety and security services that they truly want, need, and prefer. DPS espouses to the philosophical and organizational strategy of Community Service Oriented Patrolling (CSOP), a proactive approach to the implementation and provision of safety and security services. We value the input of our community and use this feedback to modify existing Departmental operations, ensuring we provide the quality service demanded of us.
PUBLIC SAFETY STRUCTURE:
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for enforcement, security, and emergency response on the campus. The Department is under the leadership of the Assistant Vice President for College Life and Executive Director of Public Safety, who reports to the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students. The department is comprised of 20 full-time staff personnel and a contingent of between 10 and 15 part-time staff. The department is supplemented during each academic year by student patrol officers or SPOs who assist DPS officers in security operational tasks.
The Department patrols the campus and provides public safety services through the deployment of vehicle, foot, and bicycle patrols. The main goal of the bicycle patrol program is to provide a means for public safety officers to randomly patrol parking lots and other areas not open to vehicle traffic, such as walkways and student gathering areas. The bicycle patrols have proven to be more effective in patrol and can respond to accidents, injuries, and other situations more rapidly than from a patrol vehicle.
CRIME/EMERGENCY REPORTING and COLLEGE RESPONSE
Campus community members - students, faculty, staff, and guests - are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Gettysburg College Department of Public Safety (DPS) in a timely manner. The Department of Public Safety has been designated by Gettysburg College as the official office for campus crime reporting. DPS strongly encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of crimes. Accurate and prompt reporting ensures Public Safety is able to evaluate, consider, and send timely warning reports and accurately document reportable crimes in its annual statistical disclosure. Gettysburg College further encourages accurate and prompt reporting to DPS and/or the local police when the victim of a crime elects to, or is unable to, make such a report. This publication focuses on DPS because it has primary responsibility for patrolling the Gettysburg College campus. However, criminal incidents or incidents off campus can be reported to the local Gettysburg Borough Police Department.
To report a crime or emergency, members of the community should:
- Call the Department of Public Safety by dialing (717) 337-6911 or on campus extension 6911.
- Report in person to the Department of Public Safety at the Public Safety office located at 51 West Stevens Street.
- FOR NON-EMERGENCY or NON-URGENT INCIDENTS: Complete the online “community concern” reporting form at: reportconcern
- Crimes or emergency situations can be reported to the Gettysburg Borough Police or local emergency services by dialing 911.
- Sex Offenses and other incidents of sexual or relationship violence can also be reported to the college’s Title IX Officer, Jennifer McCary, by calling (717) 337-6900, or in person at the College Life Office Suite located in the College Union Building (CUB), room 220.
Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to answer campus community calls. DPS procedures require an immediate response to emergency calls. DPS works closely with a full range of borough and county resources to assure a complete and timely response to all emergency calls. Priority response is given to crimes against persons and personal injuries. The Department of Public Safety responds to all reports of crimes and/or emergencies that occur on campus, adjacent to campus, or within a campus-controlled, -owned, -operated, and/or -recognized facility, building, residence hall, or area. Public Safety personnel also have the ability to notify Adams County emergency dispatchers of emergency situations occurring on campus via portable, mobile, and fixed two-way radio communications systems and transferring telephone calls to the 911 emergency center. This system allows DPS to summon assistance from emergency responders if deemed necessary and appropriate. This direct radio link and communications interoperability with the Adams County Communications Center and responding emergency services personnel also affords officers the ability to communicate directly with emergency responders and police personnel without unnecessary delay. Incidents occurring on campus, within residence halls or non-campus buildings, or on recognized private property adjacent to or contiguous to College-owned, -controlled, -operated, or -recognized facilities, buildings, or areas are documented and processed for further investigation and review by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities and/or the local Gettysburg Borough Police, depending upon the nature of the crime or emergency and the involvement of the local Gettysburg Borough Police. Additional information obtained via any investigation will also be forwarded to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
To obtain information or request any public safety or safety escort services, community members should call (717) 337-6912, or extension 6912. Located throughout campus are well-marked exterior phones. These phones access the campus phone system and can be used like any campus extension; for example, to obtain emergency assistance (extension 6911), contact community members, or obtain general information. When placing an emergency call, remember to stay on the line and wait for the dispatcher to end the call. These exterior phones should be used when seeking information and/or reporting activities – to include criminal incidents. If a member of the community finds any of these phones inoperative or vandalized, they should call DPS so that the phone can be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. If assistance is required from the local Gettysburg Borough Police or Gettysburg Fire Department, DPS will contact the appropriate unit.
If a sexual assault or rape should occur on campus, staff on scene, including DPS, will offer the victim a wide variety of services. This publication contains information about on and off campus resources and is made available to the Gettysburg College community. The information regarding “resources” is not provided to infer that those resources are “crime reporting entities” for Gettysburg College.
Crimes should be reported to DPS to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning Campus Safety Alert notices to the community, when appropriate. For example, a crime that was reported only to the Gettysburg College counseling center would not be known to DPS, a campus security authority (CSA), or other College official.