It is the mission of the Department of Public Safety to provide the University community with a safe, secure environment in which to learn, live, work, and grow. We will accomplish our mission by partnering and collaborating with the community, by providing service in a professional, courteous manner, and by affording dignity and respect to all individuals.
The Department of Public Safety, under the administration of the Director of Public Safety, is responsible for safety and security on campus. The Department of Public Safety is in full operation twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Full time staff consists of the director, associate director, lieutenants, quartermaster, records manager, crime prevention officer, investigators, sergeants, officers, dispatchers and support staff. During the academic year, students may supplement the department's staffing.
The Public Safety Headquarters are located on the northeast side of campus parking lot E, across from the Village Market in the Konover Campus Center in campus parking lot F, and Lincoln Theatre. Public Safety and Facilities share this building.
Within the main lobby of Headquarters is the Public Safety Dispatch Center which coordinates the activities of all field officers and supervisors. The dispatcher receives all incoming phone calls and directs the response of officers to routine incidents, emergencies, and calls for service.
For patrol purposes, property owned or controlled by the University of Hartford is divided into districts that are patrolled by officers in vehicles, on foot, and on bicycles. Officers are required to maintain high visibility and department vehicles are well marked and easily identified.
Public Safety personnel do not have police powers, but work to ensure the enforcement of state, local, and federal rules, regulations, ordinances and laws, including those pertaining to alcohol and drug violations on campus with the help of local law enforcement agencies. They also enforce University regulations and conduct routine parking enforcement. Every effort is made to enforce these regulations in an equitable and professional manner. Public Safety maintains a close, professional relationship with local police departments and response from these departments, when needed, is prompt and supportive. See the Community Link for department sites.
In compliance with Connecticut General Statute 29-161g University public safety officers are certified as Security Officers through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Several of our public safety officer's certifications are endorsed and licensed under Connecticut state law to work as armed security officers. All Public Safety officers have at least Connecticut State certification as Emergency Medical Responders - EMR, with some officers certified at higher levels of medical training, EMT. These individuals are first responders to all medical emergencies on campus and provide immediate assessment and care. Members of the Public Safety Department are well trained and maintain certifications in the ASP Baton, OC Spray a.k.a. pepper spray, handcuffing, and MOAB - management of aggressive behavior. Staff members are also trained to properly respond to reports of sexual assaults, group disturbances, fires, crisis intervention, and conflicts involving students or individuals not formally associated with the University.