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We at the Department of Public Safety are here to assist you, in making your time here, safe and enjoyable. As an active part of the University experience we attempt to do all that is possible to build an environment that promotes a feeling of safety and security. The Department of Public Safety is a state certified law enforcement agency, responsible for the protection of life and property on Georgia Southwestern State University Campus.
Officers of the Department protect life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and repress crime, investigate reported offenses, apprehend offenders, enforce regulations and laws relating to traffic control, collect and preserve physical evidence, prepare cases for court prosecution or disciplinary action, recover lost and stolen property, provide general police services to the University community, and establish and maintain an enforcement policy which is consistent with the requirements of the law and with the best traditions of a democratic society.
The department of Campus Safety is an accredited law enforcement agency responsible for the protection of life and property on Georgia Southwestern State University campus. Divisions within the department include Administration, Patrol, Support Staff, and Training. The department operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The department strictly enforces the University's Drug Free Campus Policy. After reviewing our Campus Crime Statistics , we would like to invite you to view and compare National Campus Crime statistics available at the United States Department of Education webpage.
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Georgia law provides University and Campus Police arrest powers for offenses committed upon University System property and includes jurisdiction over offenses committed upon any public or private property within 500 yards of any property under the jurisidiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The law enforcement efforts of the Georgia Southwestern Department of Public Safety will generally be confined to properties of Georgia Southwestern State University. Jurisdictional authority for property within 500 yards of any property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System will be utilized only at the request of other agencies having original jurisdiction, or in a situation jeopardizing the life and property safety, or in other emergency situations.