Department Services

24 Hour Patrol

The University campus is actively patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Officers patrol the University grounds and buildings by vehicle, foot, and bike patrols.

Safety and Training

Safety training seminars and awareness courses are provided by our department.  For more information, click on the “Safety Training & Awareness” tab on the left or go to the following link:

Safe Walk/Safe Ride

The Department of Safety offers Safe Walk/Safe Ride service to promote safety by providing an option to the campus community at night.

The hours of operation are from dusk to dawn seven days a week. Safety will escort a student, faculty, or staff from any point on campus to any point on campus. Dial 6005 and make the request to the dispatcher. You may also utilize one of the 18 emergency phones on campus.

Requests for daytime escorts will be conducted for medical needs.

Medical Calls

Our officers are certified by the American Red Cross in First-Aid, CPR/AED.

We respond to all medical calls on campus and render assistance, which may include:

  • Performing emergency CPR, AED or First-Aid
  • Contacting an ambulance
  • Leading the ambulance to the proper location
  • Contacting the Engle Center

Fire Safety

We assist in the coordination of all fire alarm drills and fire safety training.

We respond to all fire alarms on campus in order to:

  • Check the area
  • Ensure evacuation of the building
  • Notify and inform responding fire companies, if necessary
  • Clear and reactivate the alarms

Emergency Maintenance

We respond to maintenance problems when the maintenance department is not available.

If necessary, we will notify emergency maintenance personnel to remedy the problem.

Securing and Opening Buildings

We are responsible for the locking and unlocking of buildings on campus.

Security checks of campus buildings occur throughout our shifts.

Vehicle Lockouts

We do not assist in opening locked car doors unless it is an emergency.

Examples are a child inside, a pet trapped, or the vehicle is running.

Battery Jump Packs

A portable battery is available at the Dispatch Office to jump-start vehicles.

Vehicle Registration and Parking/Traffic Enforcement

Employee vehicle permits are issued through our department. Student parking is handled by the Box Office.

We are responsible for traffic and parking enforcement and issue citations for violations of either the Messiah University Traffic Code or Pennsylvania Title 75 Vehicle Code.

Bicycle Registration and Regulations

Bicycle registrations are issued through our department and are free of charge. We require that all bicycles be registered in the event they are lost or stolen.

Criminal Code Enforcement

We are responsible for enforcing Title 18, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, on campus.

Criminal Investigation

Our department investigates all crimes that take place on campus.

These investigations are conducted either by our department or at the direction of the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

It is the victim's right to choose to have either the Department of Safety investigate or to contact the Police Department. The Department of Safety will assist in this process if the victim so chooses.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

We respond to all motor vehicle accidents on campus property and complete a report that can be used for insurance purposes.