About Campus Security
The office is staffed by a director who reports directly to the vice president for student affairs, two sergeants, a corporal, five security officers, an administrative assistant, and four radio/telephone operators. New University security officers are sent to the Indiana Campus Law Enforcement Administrators 40-hour Campus Protection Officers course for training, as staffing allows. This school is conducted once a year. In addition, all officers receive monthly training and maintain certification in basic first aid, CPR, and the use of AEDs.
The full-time staff is supplemented by a part-time officer who is assigned to provide supervision during the school year for students visiting the Ridgway University Center between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Student personnel are also employed during the school year to assist in the performance of a number of services. A select group of the student personnel make up the ACE patrol, which performs campus escorts and patrols around residence halls, academic buildings, and parking lots. Other student personnel perform parking enforcement services.
The campus security officers are charged with the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, as well as University policies and regulations. Campus security officers are not sworn police officers and have no police or arrest powers. Although the Office of Safety and Security does not have any written "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) agreements with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, it maintains an out standing working relationship with the city of Evansville police department as well as the Vanderburgh County police department, Indiana State agencies and local federal agencies. Whenever it is necessary for officers from these agencies to come to campus on official business, they will normally get in touch with the Office of Safety and Security for assistance.
In addition to law enforcement, security, and emergency procedure responsibilities, the Office of Safety and Security provides a number of support services for the needs of the campus community. Some of those services include:
- Registering vehicles and providing parking permits for members of the campus community
- Preparing photo identification cards for all members of the campus community
- Providing evening escort services
- Providing transportation to the Crayton E. and Ellen Mann Health Center for minor emergencies or illnesses, or from the health center to the hospital
- Providing assistance in starting stalled vehicles
- Inspecting and maintaining all fire protection equipment and alarms
- Maintaining a lost and found department
- Serving as campus telephone operator during evening, weekend, and holiday hours
- Inspecting buildings and grounds for safety compliance
A close working relationship is maintained between the Physical Plant and the Office of Safety and Security. Physical Plant personnel maintain the buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. When broken windows, locks, or lights are reported to the security office, or are discovered by security officers during their patrols, they are reported to the Physical Plant. These reports are responded to quickly and the needed repairs or replacements are made to maintain a high level of safety and security for the campus.
Members of the Office of Safety and Security make periodic inspections of all campus lighting and shrubbery. Physical Plant personnel and Office of Residence Life staff assist the Office of Safety and Security in detecting problem areas on campus caused by overgrown trees and other vegetation, and they suggest where improved lighting may be needed. All members of the campus community are encouraged to contact the Office of Safety and Security whenever they find areas on campus they believe should be of concern. Areas that need improvements are promptly corrected.