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). CSOP is 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 Director 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 SPO’s 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 REPORTING/REPORTING OF CRIMINAL ACTIONS OR EMERGENCIES:
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. 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.
- Complete the on-line “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.
NOTIFYING THE GETTYSBURG COLLEGE COMMUNITY ABOUT CRIMES - CAMPUS SAFETY ALERT:
In an effort to provide timely notice to the Gettysburg College community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose an on-going threat to members of the campus community, A Campus Safety Alert is sent by blast email to all students and employees on campus. The alerts are generally written and distributed to the campus community by the Director of Public Safety or a designee and they are reviewed and approved by the Vice President for College Life and Dean of students or a designee. Updates to the campus community about any particular case resulting in a Campus Safety Alert may be distributed via blast email, may be posted on the college website, may be shared with the Gettysburgian newspaper for a follow-up story, and may be distributed by the Director of Public Safety or other member of the campus emergency response team (CERT); as deemed necessary. Campus Safety Alert posters may also be posted by DPS in campus buildings when deemed necessary. When Campus Safety Alerts are posted in campus buildings, they are printed on red paper and posted in lobby/entrance areas of affected buildings for a time period determined by the Director of Public Safety or designee.
DAILY CRIME AND FIRE LOG:
A Daily Crime and Fire Log is available for review during normal college business hours (8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, except Holidays) at the DPS office, located at 51 West Stevens Street. The information in the crime and fire log typically includes the incident number, classification, date reported, date occurred, general location, and disposition of each reported crime. The information in the crime and fire log relative to fires typically includes information about fires that occur in residential facilities, including the nature, date, time, and general location.
EMERGENCY MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (EMNS):
The immediate notification capability of the emergency mass notification process is designed to assist the College in determining the content of the notification and initiating the notification system without delay taking into account the safety of the community, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible institutional authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency situation/incident. The Department of Public Safety may initiate the College’s emergency mass notification processes during extremely violent or hazardous incidents that pose immediate danger to the larger community wherein Public Safety personnel need to notify campus community members immediately in order to reduce the likelihood of casualties or injuries. Immediate notification to the campus about a confirmed seriously violent or extremely hazardous incident or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and/or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus or near the campus can be accomplished through a variety of communications methods, but the use of the emergency cell-phone text/voice messaging and alert siren would be seen as the most common and quickest form of communications under these circumstances. Confirmation typically involves the response and assessment of DPS officers, college officials, local police, or emergency responders. As previously stated, notification will occur for these types of incident situations as described unless the notification will compromise efforts to assist a victim(s) or contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.