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Department Overview

Department of Public Safety and Security Overview

The Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) provides public safety services to the HACC community. Our goal is to serve with integrity, efficiency and professionalism. 

What does DPSS do?

  • Provides continuous patrol of HACC campuses by foot, bicycle and marked and unmarked vehicles.
  • Controls access to campus buildings.
  • Inspects Campus property for safety deficiencies.
  • Responds to and provides assistance during emergency situations.
  • Maintains Lost and Found services.
  • Provides Escort Services.
  • Provides lock-out and jump start vehicle services.

What can public safety officers do?

  • DPSS officers are not sworn as police officers. They may make arrests as private citizens for on-sight felony and retail/library theft detainment.
  • Issue warnings and fines for violations of on-campus parking regulations. 
  • Ask for your identification to confirm you have lawful business on HACC campuses and property.
  • Report criminal incidents to the local police.

What should I do if I witnessed criminal activity on HACC property?

  • Immediately report any criminal activity you witness on HACC property to the appropriate campus Public Safety and Security Office.
  • Report the activity to the appropriate police agency for your campus location.

You can make a confidential report by:

  • Contacting the Campus Public Safety and Security Department. You can do this in person, by phone or by using a callbox.
  • Using the Campus Report a Crime online service.

Can I make an anonymous criminal report to HACC's Department of Public Safety?

You may elect to remain anonymous when you report a crime to HACC's Public Safety and Security Department. Anonymous reporting is available via the Report a Crime form.

Please note that while reports made to security personnel, Campus Security Authorities, or other responsible employees of the college will be held confidential, disclosure of personally identifiable information may be mandated by law in the furtherance of a Title IX investigation. Individuals reporting should also consider that reports which withhold information may affect the ability of the College or outside authorities to conduct a timely and effective investigation of an alleged crime.   

How does DPSS handle criminal reports?

  • We will report criminal activity to the local police or the Pennsylvania State Police as necessary. 
  • If a student has committed a criminal action or policy violation, the department will forward the report to the Dean of Student Conduct. The dean will review the complaint and may initiate student disciplinary action.
  • Any college disciplinary action will be separate from civil authorities' actions.

What certifications/licenses do public safety and security officers have?

DPSS requires all officers to maintain the following certifications/licenses:

  • Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act (Act 235) certification
  • ASP Expandable Baton Basic Certification
  • OCAT Basic OC Pepper Spray Certification
  • Tactical Handcuffing Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Adult & Juvenile AED Certifications
  • Pennsylvania Driver's License

Who can I call for public safety and security assistance?

  • Harrisburg Campus - including Midtown —717-780-2568.
  • Gettysburg Campus —717-339-3528
  • Lancaster Campus —717-358-2999
  • Lebanon Campus —717-270-6368
  • York Campus —717-718-0408

How does the DPSS respond to off-campus criminal activity?

The DPSS does not have jurisdiction over off-campus crimes. HACC does not have any officially-recognized off-campus student organizations or housing facilities. DPSS can provide assistance in contacting the proper authorities.

If you witness any criminal activity off campus, report it to the local or state law enforcement agency.

How does the DPSS issue alert notices?

DPSS issues alert notices when we become aware of a potential safety and/or security risk to HACC community. These risks may be on college property or within our immediate vicinity. DPSS will also advise local and state police agencies of potential risks.

We will issue alerts through:

  • e2Campus
  • Voicemail
  • E-mail
  • Bulletins
  • Electronic signage

Can I see the campus crime log?

The DPSS maintains a log of all criminal activity. The log includes the nature of offense, date, time, location and disposition of the complaint.

You can view the log at each campus's public safety and security office during campus operating hours. You may not be able to view the information if it:

  • Is prohibited by law
  • Would jeopardize the confidentiality of a victim
  • Would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation
  • Would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection
  • Would result in the destruction of evidence

We may archive logs older than 60 days. We will make them available within two business days of your request per federal requirements.

How can I prevent crime?

Crime is broken down into three elements:

  • Ability —This refers to the offender's skill set. It assesses if the offender has the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a crime.
  • Opportunity —This refers to the chance to commit a crime. 
  • Intent —This refers to the offender's will to commit a crime.

As conscientious citizens, it is our job to remove the element of opportunity. Removing opportunity will lower the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime.

You can help by:

  • Keeping your vehicle locked at all times.
  • Not leaving valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
  • Walking with others whenever possible, especially after dark.
  • Using the Safety and Security escort service.
  • Being aware of your surroundings.
  • Locking office areas and smart classrooms when not in use.
  • Not leaving personal belongings unattended at any time.
  • Maintaining control of any keys and access cards issued to you.
  • Being careful about what you post on social networking sites. Do not publicly post schedules or other information that may allow strangers to learn your location.
  • Reporting any safety or security concerns.
  • Trusting your instincts. If something "feels" wrong, it probably is.
  • If you  "See Something--Say Something".

How does the DPSS educate the community on crime prevention?

Presentations covering crime prevention, emergency procedures, and general security and safety information, with question and answer sessions can be provided in the classroom, at a campus event, or for student organizations upon request.