All Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine security personnel maintain order on campus by educating the campus community on security concerns and by enforcing College procedures.
Security personnel do not have arrest powers, but consult with police authorities when arrests are warranted. The Department of Security and Public Safety works with local law enforcement authorities to gather information on criminal activity and to assess potential risks that may exist on or near each campus. Perpetrators are reported accordingly.
All students and employees are issued an identification badge, which they are encouraged to wear at all times. Visitors and out-patients are required to sign in at all times on Saturdays and Sundays and at specific locations between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. Entry to campus facilities, other than authorized visitor/guest areas, is restricted unless clearance has been granted by individual administrators or by the Department of Security and Public Safety.
The Institutional Environmental Health and Safety Committee performs monthly fire and safety checks of each campus, both inside the buildings and on the grounds. Safety violations trigger an immediate request for corrective action.
Criminal activities and emergency situations are to be reported to the Security Department when they are observed. Criminal activities will be investigated, and local law enforcement authorities will be notified as necessary. Alleged perpetrators will be apprehended and detained until the arrival of law enforcement personnel.
Security personnel are not permitted to carry lethal or nonlethal weapons while on duty. Only appropriate government law officers are permitted to enter the campus armed.
Security rounds are made and logs/records are kept within each building.
The Department of Security and Public Safety is located in the Medical Office Building on our Philadelphia campus and at the front desk on our Georgia campus. The Director of Security and Public Safety is responsible for departmental administration and reports directly to the Chief Facilities Officer. The Philadelphia campus maintains a complement of one in-house security lieutenant, nine in-house security sergeants, and fifteen contract security personnel. The Georgia campus has one in-house security lieutenant, five in-house security sergeants and also staff with contract security personnel.
Officers, once hired, are required to receive instruction, provided by the Director of Security and Public Safety and Security Lieutenant, in the areas of legal authority, liability issues, fire prevention and control, evacuation procedures, investigation and departmental procedures.