2015 Department Activity Report

Calls for Service

The Department responded to a total of 6,545 calls for service in 2015. Among them were:

Type of Call # of Calls
Transports 1120
Room Lockouts (Residence) 1174
Access Building Classroom 786
Vehicle Jump Starts 316
Vehicle Lockouts 77
Safety Escorts 24
Live Scan Finger Printing 1799
Ill or Injured Persons 818
Crime Prevention Activities 375
Well-Being Check 56

Incident Reports

An incident report is completed for any situation where a crime may have been committed, any response to an alarm on campus, calls for medical situations, reports of accidents, and where officers investigate suspicious circumstances. In 2015, officers completed 2,789 incident reports.

Lost and Found

In 2015, the Department received 1,249 items of found property and was able to return approximately 65% to the rightful owner. Unclaimed property is sold at the annual Public Safety Found Property Auction, which is held in conjunction with National Campus Crime Awareness Month each September. Proceeds from the auction are donated to the Villanova University “Rainy Day Fund”, administered through the Office for Multicultural Affairs. 

Training

Officers attended several half-day sessions of in-service training, held in January and August as well as various other sessions throughout the year.  In addition, officers completed on-line training and various roll call training sessions.  Training topics in 2015 included:

Fire Extinguisher
Crime Prevention/ Community Outreach
Parking Policy Updates
Use of Force
University Shop Security
Judicial Process/ Alcohol Policies reviewed
Officer Scenario Training
Emergency Management
Traffic Control
Managing Incidents with Multiple Casualties
APCO Dispatch Training
PPCT Pressure Points Control Tactics
Blood Borne Pathogens
Hazardous Materials Response
First Aid/ CPR
Campus Security Authority Training
Workplace Harassment Training
Sexual Assault Resource Training
Emergency Vehicle Operating Course
Assessment of Intoxicated Persons
Code of Conduct
Code of Ethics
Biased Based Profiling
Management of Aggressive Behavior
Hazards/EHS Concerns
Conflict Resolution
Stalking
All Policy Reviews

In addition to in-service training, officers received specialized training at off site locations throughout the year:

IPMBA Public Safety Bike Training
Active Shooter Workshop
Emergency Medical technician course

Crime Prevention

The Department conducted crime prevention activities throughout the year, to include the following specific programs:

  • Rad Self Defense Classes
  • National Campus Safety Awareness Day- September
  • Clothes Line Project- April Sexual Assault Prevention Month
  • Special Security Checks of the convenience stores, University Book Store and ATM machines
  • Directed patrol activities
  • Field Interviews and investigations of suspicious incidents and possible crimes in progress
  • Park and Walks of DPS in sector areas – provides ongoing immediate contact with the community
  • Adopt an Officer Program with Residence Life
  • Propped Door Testing
  • Lighting Reports
  • Emergency Phone Testing
  • Panic Alarm Testing/Training
  • Crime Prevention Presentations provided to departments who have requested addressing specific topics as well as general safety programs. Topics have included: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, New Employee Orientation, Safety on Campus, Emergency Procedures, Calling Public Safety, Services provided by the Department, etc.
  • Presentations conducted with specific student groups including: Residence Life, Orientation Counselors, Fraternity/Sorority Life, Athletics, Campus Activities Groups, ROTC
  • New Student Orientation, Parent Safety Sessions, International Student Presentations
  • Dinner and Dialogue with Student Leaders and Public Safety
  • Painting with Public Safety and Staff- a community involvement project
  • Giving thanks Day – Hot Chocolate giveaway to all staff, faculty and students
  • Stress Management during Finals for students in the library
  • Holiday Greeting with public safety outside of Falvey Library 

Investigations

The Investigative Unit conducts follow up investigations into reports of crimes and violations of University policy. In 2015, the Unit investigated 206 Incidents, bringing 72 of cases to a successful resolution.

Emergency Management

The Department completed revisions and updates of the University’s Emergency Management Plan in 2015.  In November, we conducted a table-top exercise pertaining to mulitple Residence Hall disasters requiring transport and relocation of the residents.

Internal Affairs

In 2015, the Department investigated 11 complaints against officers. Complaints filed with the Department are fully investigated through the internal affairs process. Six complaints alleged rudeness/unprofessionalism. One complaint alleged that an officer had inappropriately poked a limousine driver with his finger. Three complaints alleged overzealousness on the part of the officer. One complaint alleged bias based actions on the part of an officer. Of the eleven complaints filed, 4 were substantiated, five were unsubstantiated. One individual withdrew his complaint and another did not respond to requests for an interview by an investigator. For those complaints that were substantiated, disciplinary action ranged from remedial training to a verbal warning.

Parking and Transportation

The Parking Department issued 8250 parking permits in the beginning of the 2015/2016 school year, with approximately 300 permit requests denied.  Parking Officers wrote 9,500 tickets and booted approximately 45 vehicles. No vehicles were towed from campus during the past year.  The Mobility Shuttle program has been averaging over 100 student pick-ups per day.  The SAC shuttle has been averaging over 60 employees and guest per day.  Villanova fleet for faculty, staff, and students made 4,805 reservations, traveling 333,532 miles.

Staffing

The Department experienced 12 separations at various ranks due to retirements, resignations, and terminations throughout the year. Some vacancies were created when officers were promoted into a higher rank.

Unit or Rank # of Vacancies # filled through promotion # of external hires
Director of Parking 0 0 0
Investigator 1 0 0
Lieutenant 0 0 0
Sergeant 3 0 2
Communications
Officer
0 0 0
Patrol Officer 2 5 0 1
Patrol Officer 1 3 1 1
Housing Officer 4 0 0
Parking Office 2 1 1

Special Events

The Department provided extra security coverage at special events held on campus throughout the year. A total of 6,717 hours of extra coverage was provided in 2015, at 291 special events, such as homecoming, commencement, move-in, campus sporting events, dances, and other activities.

Contact Information

Emergency
On-Campus: 94444
Off-Campus: 610-519-4444

Non-Emergency
610-519-6979 (option #1)

We are located at Garey Hall
at the intersection of Spring Mill Road and County Line Road
 

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