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Working to Provide a Safe, Secure Campus

Need Help?

Phone

2222
from any campus phone

412-392-3960
from any other phone

Text

412-COPSTIP (412-267-7847)

Call Box

Metis emergency help systems are installed at various campus locations. At the touch of the "HELP" button, police are on their way.

PointALERT

Receive emergency notifications via text or email by signing up at www.pointpark.edu/PointALERT

The Department of Public Safety is at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide a safe, secure living and learning environment for the University community. Police officers are on duty 365 days a year and provide immediate response to emergencies on campus.

Procedures and additional responses to other emergencies are set forth in the Public Safety section of the University website, and any questions can be addressed at the University's Department of Public Safety. The department has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

In addition to 24-hour response, Public Safety serves the University community through:

Trained, Uniformed Officers

 

The Department of Public Safety has both sworn police officers and non-sworn public safety officers, who serve as dispatchers. Police officers respond to criminal, security, fire, and EMS emergencies. All Point Park University police officers are sworn and certified under the Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy (ACT120). All have Pennsylvania certification in CPR, AED, and first aid, with some officers certified at higher levels of medical training.

Seal bearing the words Professionals guard all residence building entrances 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers patrol University-owned buildings in well-marked vehicles, on foot and on bicycles, maintaining high visibility throughout the area.

Our officers are friendly, familiar faces on the Point Park campus, getting to know students, faculty and staff. They are ready to assist in all types of situations.

In Partnership with the Community

The Department of Public Safety works to facilitate a safe environment conducive to learning, working, and personal growth in partnership with all campus constituents.

Emergency Notification System

One of the ways students, faculty and staff can participate in this public safety partnership is through PointALERT, the University's emergency notification system.

Registration is encouraged across the University community. Users receive notifications critical to safety and well being as well as other types of notifications selected. Alerts can be received through text messages and emails — and soon through voicemails, Facebook and Twitter.

Register for Point ALERT. It's fast and easy using the online form.

Contact Us

The Department of Public Safety is here for you. Read the Chief's welcome, and call, email or visit with any questions.

Department of Public Safety
Frontier Hall
100 Wood Street, 3rd Floor
24-Hour Dispatch Center Phone:  412-392-3960

Jeffrey D. Besong
Asst. Vice President of Public Safety/Chief of Police
Direct Line: 412-392-3819
jbesong@pointpark.edu

Bernie Merrick
Captain of Public Safety
412-392-8162
bmerrick@pointpark.edu

Dionisia Butler
Administrative Assistant/ID Coordinator
412-392-8066
dbutler@pointpark.edu    

Matt Grand
Systems Specialist
412-392-6149
tgrand@pointpark.edu