DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT 2021-2022
CALLS FOR SERVICE
The Department responded to a total of 15,915 calls for service between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. Among them were:
|Type of Call
||# of Calls
|Residence Room Lockout||1738|
|Live Scan Prints
|Ill or Injured Person||480|
|Steam Plant Check-in||372|
|Vehicle Jump Start||282|
An incident report is completed for any situation where a crime may have been committed, any response to an alarm on campus, calls for medical situations, reports of accidents, and where officers investigate suspicious circumstances. During the 2021-2022 academic year, officers completed 2,684 incident reports.
LOST AND FOUND
The Department received 663 items of found property. Many of these items were able to be returned to their rightful owner. Unclaimed property is sold at the annual Public Safety Found Property Auction, which is held in conjunction with National Campus Crime Awareness Month each September. This year the auction proceeds of $2,673 were donated to the Villanova University “Rainy Day Fund”. This fund is administered through the Office for Multicultural Affairs.
In-service training is offered throughout the year. In addition, police officers must successfully complete mandatory training provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that all police officers throughout the State must complete. Training topics for the 2021-2022 include:
- APCO – Association of Public Safety Communications Officers – Public Safety Dispatcher Training
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training
- OCAT - Oleoresin Capsicum Training
- Delaware County Police Academy – New police officer training
- Officer Wellness Training
- Adult/Juvenile Detention
- Crisis Intervention & De-Escalation
- Medical Marijuana Updates
- Assessment of police applicants – Background Investigations I&II
- Conflict Resolution
- Accreditation Training
- FTO (Field Officer Training)
- Search and Seizure
- Use of Force
- Professional Driving
- Contraband Control
- University Judicial Process/ Alcohol Policies reviewed
- PPCT Pressure Points Control Tactics
- Defensive Tactics and Threat Pattern Recognition
- Blood Borne Pathogens
- Hazardous Materials Response
- CPR/AED First Aid
- Mental Health Training
- Campus Security Authority Training
- Workplace Harassment Training
- Sexual Assault Resource Training
- Assessment of Intoxicated Persons
- Code of Conduct
- Code of Ethics
- Biased Based Profiling
- Hazards/EHS Concerns
- Title IX/ Sexual Assault
- Firearms Training
- Evidence Collection
- Active Shooter Response Training- Police Officers
- POSIT- Police Supervisory In Service Training
- Fair and Impartial Policing
- Recognizing Domestic Violence
- Traffic Stops and Safety
- Special Event Management
- Patriot Group - Firearms Training
- The Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network Terminal- Dispatchers
- Penn State Field Officer Training
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
In addition, the Department issues Daily Training Bulletins which act as refreshers to Departmental policies and procedures. Officers completed 5,097 DTB’s during this academic year. Topics included:
- Agency Use of Social Media, Anti – Retaliation, Bias Based Profiling, Bicycle Patrol, Body Armor, Contacts and Temporary Detentions, Custodial Searches, Disabled Vehicles, Discriminatory Harassment, Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace, Emergency Operations Plan, Eyewitness Identification, Field Training, Firearms, First Amendment Assemblies, Fitness for Duty, Handcuffing and restraints, Hate Crimes, Homeless Persons, Identity Theft, Investigations and Prosecution – Identity Theft, Involuntary Commitments, Jeanne Cleary Security Act, Medical Aid and response, Officer Involved shootings and deaths, Performance Evaluations, Personal Appearance Standards, Personal Communications Devices, Personnel Complaints, Public Recording of LE Activity, Rapid Response and Deployment, Recruitment and Selection, Report Preparation, Response to Bomb Threat Calls, Safety Belts, Search and Seizure, Standards of Conduct, Temporary Custody of Adults, Temporary Custody of Juveniles, Uniforms, Use of Force, Use of Force – Duty to Intercede and report, Use of force – pain compliance, Supervisor Responsibility Use of force, Use of Force Review Boards
Communications Officers (dispatchers) received specialized training on the following topics:
- Active Shooter Preparation and Response for Schools, Crisis Management, Successful Customer Service, Communication Skills, Dealing with Angry Employees, Developing Effective Communication Skills, Handling Robbery Calls, Implicit Bias, Shaping an Ethical Workplace Culture, Dispatcher Ethics in Public Service, Social Media and Law Enforcement, Time Management, Understanding Hostage Incidents, Ethics in Dispatching, Communications Skills II, Stress Management, Social Media, Stress and your Health
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/CRIME PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
The Department prides itself in its outreach and connection with the University community. During the 21/22 academic year, the Department started an Instagram page. The Department also hosted an intern from the VU United Scholars program, a certificate program offered by the University for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Department took part in approximately 50 community outreach initiatives during the academic year. These included Meet and Greet events, Self Defense and Personal Safety, suicide prevention, Pizza with the Police, Active Shooter presentations, Ice Cream socials, Black Student Union BBQ event, new employee orientation, and RA orientation. The Department also coordinated a “meet and greet” with the mounted patrol unit of the Pennsylvania State Police. The troopers and horses were on-campus in preparation for the University’s Final 4 Preparations.
Several officers and staff participated in the University’s annual Halloween Tent and Treat Event, winning the prize for best costumes in their category. The Department also participated heavily in Special Olympics events, conducting team outreach, participating in closing ceremonies, and watching competitions. The Department also “adopted” an Olympian, with members on-hand to cheer on our athlete.
Two hallmark events that occur annually are the National Crime Prevention Awareness Day and Clothesline Project events. National Crime Prevention Awareness Day is held annually each year in September. The Department does tabling events throughout campus and actively works to engage with students as the school year gets underway. The Clothesline Project, held each April, is a compilation of t-shirts designed by those effected by sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
From June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 the Department investigated one complaint against an officer. The complaint alleged racial profiling and was determined to be unsubstantiated.
The Department is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all CCTV systems across campus. During the 2021-2022 academic year, the “backbone” of the system that monitors and records all CCTV footage was completely replaced. In addition, 51 new cameras were installed throughout campus.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
For the 2021/2022 school year, the Parking Department issued 7,125 permits to students, faculty, and staff. Parking Officers wrote 8,100 tickets and booted 152 vehicles. 35 vehicles were towed from campus during the past year. The Department provided 5,308 transports to individuals with limited mobility. The University van fleet of 40 passenger vans made 3,668 trips and traveled 228,603 miles.
The Department experienced 17 separations at various ranks due to retirements, resignations, and terminations throughout the year. Some vacancies were created when officers were promoted into a higher rank.
|Unit or Rank
||# of vacancies
||# filled through promotion
||# of external hires
|Lieutenant - Police
|Lieutenant - Patrol
|Sergeant - Police
|Sergeant - Patrol
|Patrol Officer 2
|Patrol Officer 1