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Point Park's Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing all members of the University community with a safe and secure environment in which to work, learn and live. The department has both sworn police officers and nonsworn public safety officers, who serve as dispatchers. Police officers respond to criminal, security, fire and medical emergencies, and are on duty 365 days a year.
Police officers patrol University-owned buildings by foot, vehicle and bicycles. When requested, the Public Safety Department provides escorts for anyone on Point Park's campus to parking garages or to any destination on campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
Point Park University Police Officer Anthony Ricchiuto received the Recognition of Excellence Award from the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in honor of his timely response to an armed street robbery on Smithfield Street near the University’s Downtown campus on August 21, 2013.
Ricchiuto, who was flagged down by the victim, provided critical information about the suspect’s location and flight direction to the three city police officers who responded to the incident.
As a result they were able to apprehend the suspect, place him under arrest, and later locate the firearm believed to have been used in the robbery.
Point Park University police officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Point Park University. Point Park police officers do possess arrest powers and are armed. Criminal incidents are referred to the police officers, which has jurisdiction on campus and surrounding public areas.
University police officer jurisdiction is defined by Pennsylvania Title 22, Pa.C.S.A. Detectives and private police, Section 501 (c), which states, "Such policemen, so appointed, shall severally possess and exercise all the powers of a police officer in this Commonwealth, in and upon, and in the immediate and adjacent vicinity of, the property of the corporation."
While University officer jurisdiction is limited to "the immediate and adjacent vicinity", Pennsylvania courts have ruled circumstances can extend this jurisdiction. Such circumstances include "pursuits," when an officer is actively pursuing a suspect. The severity of a crime witnessed by an officer can also have an effect on jurisdiction. When needed, University officers will request Pittsburgh police assistance or intervention.
The Point Park University Department of Public Safety maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, including the Commander of Zone 2, which covers the neighborhood where the Main Campus is located (Central Business District, downtown Pittsburgh), and the Commander of Zone 2, which covers the neighborhood where the Pittsburgh Playhouse is located (West Oakland). The Department of Public Safety also works closely with the FBI, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham University police departments. The Public Safety Department will assist members of the University community in reporting crimes to the Pittsburgh Police. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to Public Safety and the Pittsburgh Police. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
The Department of Public Safety at Point Park also maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Police. Among other things, the Public Safety Department furnishes the State Police with crime data on a monthly basis.
The primary responsibilities of the Police Division are to serve and protect persons and property used, owned, or occupied by Point Park University. The police officers are Act 120 certified and patrol 24/7, by foot, bicycle, and vehicle assigned areas of property. They proactively prevent crime and apprehend offenders as necessary, while preserving peace, and ensuring the Point Park community’s compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, and with internal Point Park University policies to the greatest extent possible. The Police Division is responsible for criminal investigations and crime scene processing for incidents. The Police Division regularly meets and consults with students, staff, and faculty regarding crime prevention and safety issues.
4301- Jeff Besong
4303 - Bernie Merrick
4304 - Jason Remmy 4305 - Mary Suber4306 - Jeff Svidron4307 - Nicholas Black4308 - Matthew Mays4309 - Joe Miller4310 - Anthony Ricchiuto4311 - April Martin4312 - Teri Bracco4313 - Ron Wilson4314 - Nicole Grimes4315 - Matt Meyers
The primary responsibilities of the Public Safety Division are crime prevention, abatement, and security services within the Point Park patrol zone jurisdiction. Public Safety Division officers serving as dispatchers are trained under Pennsylvania Act #235.
202 - Jim Green 206 - Melanie Munn 207 - Charles Thomas
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