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Department Overview

The Department of Public Safety is a full service campus police department, serving all students, staff, faculty, and guests of the College.  DPS is a unit of the Division of Student Development, and the Chief of Public Safety oversees the department and reports to the Vice President of Student Development. The department operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Full-time law enforcement staff includes the Chief, two lieutenants, one corporal and nine officers. The department also includes three full-time civilian communication officers, a full-time administrative assistant, and a full-time transportation coordinator. Part-time/casual staff include additional communication officers and non-sworn Special Officers who assist with crowd control and traffic direction at large events.

Law enforcement personnel are commissioned under the Pennsylvania Special Officers Statute (22 PA C.S.A. 501). These officers have virtually the same police powers and responsibilities of Pennsylvania municipal police officers on the college’s property and in immediate and adjacent areas. The officers are required to successfully complete the state lethal weapons training course (Act 235) and receive regular additional advanced law enforcement training. Many of the law enforcement personnel have prior state and municipal police or military experience. DPS also employs student personnel who assist with office duties and dispatch. 

October 17, 2009 

"Crime Alert - Attempted Break-In-Request For Information". Click here for more information.

IMPORTANT NEWS – Toyota Recall

Toyota is recalling 3.8 million vehicles, including 2004-2009 Priuses due to a floor mat on the driver side that could cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck that could lead to unintended acceleration.

The automaker and federal officials are urging owners to simply remove their driver’s side mat while Toyota works out a solution.

Dickinson College has two 2009 Priuses Zipcars that are included in the recall. The driver’s side floor mats have been removed from both vehicles.

For more information on this recall click here http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/business/global/30toyota.html?_r=1&em

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