2016 Department Activity Report

Calls for Service

The Department responded to a total of 8,418 calls for service in 2016. Among them were:

Type of Call # of Calls
Transports 1342
Room Lockouts (Residence) 1127
Access Building Classroom 822
Vehicle Jump Starts 305
Vehicle Lockouts 72
Safety Escorts 23
Live Scan Finger Printing 1324
Ill or Injured Persons 891
Crime Prevention Activities 138
Well-Being Check 61

Incident Reports

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. In 2016, officers completed 2,878 incident reports.

Lost and Found

In 2016, the Department received 783 items of found property and was able to return the majority of the items to the 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. Proceeds from the auction are donated to the Villanova University “Rainy Day Fund”, administered through the Office for Multicultural Affairs. 


Officers attended several half-day sessions of in-service training, held in January and August as well as various other sessions throughout the year.  In addition, officers completed on-line training and various roll call training sessions.  Training topics in 2016 included:

Fire Extinguisher
Crime Prevention/ Community Outreach
Parking Policy Updates
Use of Force
University Shop Security
Judicial Process/ Alcohol Policies reviewed
Officer Scenario Training
Emergency Management
Traffic Control
Managing Incidents with Multiple Casualties
APCO Dispatch Training
PPCT Pressure Points Control Tactics
Blood Borne Pathogens
Hazardous Materials Response
First Aid/ CPR
Campus Security Authority Training
Workplace Harassment Training
Sexual Assault Resource Training
Emergency Vehicle Operating Course
Assessment of Intoxicated Persons
Code of Conduct
Code of Ethics
Biased Based Profiling
Management of Aggressive Behavior
Hazards/EHS Concerns
Conflict Resolution
All Policy Reviews

In addition to in-service training, officers received specialized training at off site locations throughout the year:

IPMBA Public Safety Bike Training
Active Shooter Workshop
Emergency Medical technician course

Community Involvement/Crime Prevention Activities

The Department conducted numerous community involvement and crime prevention activities throughout the year, to include the following specific programs:

  • Rad Self Defense Classes conducted with students, staff and visitors (3/14, 4/12, 8/13, 10/20, 10/26
  • High School Student Job Shadow Days (March and June)
  • National Campus Safety Awareness Day- September
  • Clothes Line Project- April Sexual Assault Prevention Month
  • Special Security Checks of the convenience stores, University Book Store and ATM machines.
  • Directed patrol activities
  • Park and Walks of DPS in sector areas – provides ongoing immediate contact with the community
  • Residence Life Floor Meetings
  • Propped Door Testing
  • Lighting Reports
  • Emergency Phone Testing
  • Panic Alarm Testing/Training
  • Crime Prevention Presentations provided to departments who have requested addressing specific topics as well as general safety programs. Topics have included: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, New Employee Orientation, Safety on Campus, Emergency Procedures, Calling Public Safety, Services provided by the Department, etc.  (HR, Development, NROTC, Law School, etc.)
  • Presentations conducted with specific student groups including: Residence Life (RA Development), Orientation Counselors, Fraternity/Sorority Life, Athletics, Campus Activities Groups , ROTC, SGA
  • New Student Orientation, Parent Resource Fair, Parent Safety Sessions, International Student Presentations 8/22
  • Parents Weekend Safety Presentation
  • Student Activity Fair 8/26
  • Welcome Back Dinner for CASA Group 8/30
  • Dinner and Dialogue with Student Leaders and Public Safety
  • Hot Choc/ cookies with BCS
  • Giving thanks Day – Hot Chocolate giveaway to all staff, faculty and students
  • Holiday Greeting with public safety outside of Falvey Library
  • Representation on University Council for Student Life  

Emergency Management

The Department completed revisions and updates of the University’s Emergency Management Plan in 2016.  In November, we conducted a large table-top exercise involving multiple internal and external agencies responding to large scale transportation disasters causing fire and haz-mat issues effecting campus; provided by the PA Homeland Security Office.

Internal Affairs

In 2016, the Department investigated 5 complaints against officers. Complaints filed with the Department are fully investigated through the internal affairs process. Four complaints alleged rudeness/unprofessionalism. One complaint alleged unsafe driving. Of the six complaints filed, 2 were substantiated, three were unsubstantiated. For those complaints that were substantiated, disciplinary action ranged from remedial training to a verbal warning.

Parking and Transportation

The Parking Department issued 8250 parking permits in the beginning of the 2015/2016 school year, with approximately 300 permit requests denied.  Parking Officers wrote 9,500 tickets and booted approximately 45 vehicles. No vehicles were towed from campus during the past year.  The Mobility Shuttle program has been averaging over 100 student pick-ups per day.  The SAC shuttle has been averaging over 60 employees and guest per day.  Villanova fleet for faculty, staff, and students made 4,805 reservations, traveling 333,532 miles.


The Department experienced 12 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
Director of Parking 0 0 0
Investigator 1 0 0
Lieutenant 0 0 0
Sergeant 3 0 2
0 0 0
Patrol Officer 2 5 0 1
Patrol Officer 1 3 1 1
Housing Officer 4 0 0
Parking Office 2 1 1

Special Events

The Department provided extra security coverage at special events held on campus throughout the year. A total of 9,152 hours of extra coverage was provided in 2016, for numerous special events, such as homecoming, commencement, move-in, campus sporting events, dances, and other activities throughout the year.

Contact Information

On-Campus: 94444
Off-Campus: 610-519-4444

610-519-6979 (option #1)

We are located at Garey Hall
at the intersection of Spring Mill Road and County Line Road

Text: NovaPubSafe
to 444-999
to download our V-Card

IACLEA Accreditation Logo
Online Feedback