Another creative and proactive measure is the development of a community service officer (CSO) program. The Department of Public Safety has designated several officers to act as a liaison between the community and the Department. These individuals are highly trained and motivated crime prevention specialist who have been certified as Pennsylvania State Crime Prevention Practitioners. The CSO's are an integral part of the Department of Public Safety's crime prevention efforts. Community service officers are assigned a particular section of the campus property to patrol on a regular basis. It is hoped that their presence in a particular area will enhance the relationship between them and the community. Community service officers provide students, staff, and faculty with regular crime prevention presentations and related activities.
The bicycle patrol unit and the community service officer program reflect a Public Safety Department that is modern, progressive and in tune with new and productive methods of effectively providing public safety services. The opportunity to serve the University community in an effective, people-oriented, positive fashion will build lasting bridges of confidence and trust that will span the entire campus. The Department of Public Safety is proud of its rich history and the services it provides for the entire Villanova community and their guests.