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The Villanova University Department of Public Safety is beginning the second year of its transition to a “hybrid” department, using a combination of police and security officers to keep our campus safe.
Public Safety continues its transition from an all-security department to a mix of security and police officers.
Total number of employees - 67
Current number of Police Officers - 11
The department is currently screening applicants for four entry-level police officer positions and one vacant sergeant’s position. Two other security officer positions will be converted to police officer positions in the coming months.
Another police sergeant is pending completion of the police academy after sustaining a minor injury during training.
At the completion of the transition, the department will consist of 19 sworn police officers and 48 non-sworn employees.
Non-sworn employees will include:
Villanova University police officers have the same authority and responsibility as police officers in local municipalities. This means that Villanova police officers have full authority to make arrests for law violations occurring on campus, and have the ability to file criminal charges through local courts. Villanova officers can stop and detain individuals upon reasonable suspicion or probable cause that criminal activity is occurring. Villanova police officers can also obtain search warrants of persons, places or things when probable cause exists.
University police and security officers work as a team and very few duties are exclusive to one group or the other. While police officers have additional authority and carry specialized equipment, both police and security officers respond to many of the same types of calls and assist each other on a regular basis.
Both police officers and security officers are University officials and can enforce University policies. Security officers perform several important functions that enhance the safety of the campus. These include monitoring campus vehicular access at the three campus gates, responding to medical emergencies and handling other general calls for service such as transports and vehicle jump starts.
Police officers are distinguishable from security officers in several ways.
Villanova police and security officers often work side-by-side to keep the campus safe. How much trouble a person gets into depends on the severity of what has occurred, not who shows up to handle the situation. For example, Villanova police officers routinely handle calls for intoxicated students where the student is not issued an underage drinking citation, but rather is referred to the campus disciplinary system. By contrast, a security officer may initially handle a situation that may later be followed up on by a police officer.
The department continually works to engage the University community to provide information about its mission and services. The department is very active during New Student Orientation, participating in the Parent Resource Fair, and conducting presentations for all incoming students and their parents about campus safety.
This year, the popular “Dinner and Dialogue” series will continue, with sessions already scheduled with Resident Assistants (RAs) and the Student Government Association.
Some of the new initiatives this year, include: