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Public Safety

Police Services

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Public Safety

Peoples Building
690 South Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

On-Campus Emergencies:
610-436-3311 or x3311

Off-Campus Emergencies:

On-Campus Parking Questions/Concerns:
Parking Services, 610-436-3345

Police: General

DPS employs 25 full time commissioned police officers who have received their primary training under the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act (PA Act 120). This is the same required training that all municipal police officers throughout Pennsylvania receive. Police Officers on campus participate in annual in-service update police training pursuant to PA Act 180.

West Chester University Police Officers:

  • Receive their police powers from the Governor of Pennsylvania under PA Act 188 of 1982.
  • Have full power of arrest for any violation of law on campus property and on select highways that traverse or abut campus property
  • Enforce all State and Local laws
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the University
  • Respond to fire and medical emergencies on campus
  • Investigate fire, burglar, mechanical, and panic alarms
  • Investigate all reports of criminal activity on campus
  • Patrol campus with vehicles, bicycles, ATV’s, and on foot
  • Coordinate with external law enforcement agencies as needed
  • Provide and maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for the University community and
  • Participate in crime prevention services and programming

West Chester University Police have primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all areas of our campus regardless of municipality.