Public Safety at Franklin & Marshall

Office Information:

Phone - 717-358-3939

Emergency - 911

Fax - 717-358-4579

Email -

Address - 609 Old Main Drive

                     Lancaster, PA  17603

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  • Public Safety Department Dispatcher
  • DPS serves pizza at Common Hour 11.30.17

Franklin & Marshall's Public Safety Department, under the direction of Chief William McHale, includes 20 sworn police officers, 4 security officers, and 4 dispatchers.  Public Safety works 24 hours a day  providing safety services through the deployment of vehicle, foot, and bicycle patrols.

Questions regarding policy clarification, or concerns about a Public Safety matter can be directed to Ask the Chief.  We welcome any questions you may have.

You can also sign up to become part of  F&M's emergency notification system which will notify you via phone, text, etc. if an emergency should arise on or off campus.


Public Safety on Campus

  • Left - Officer Keely Johnston
Right - Sgt. Edward Karcher

Happy Love Tape Day - 

Franklin & Marshall College hosts many camps each summer.  CTY (Center for Talented Youth) students showed their 'love' for our officers by 'taping' them.  Each student 'taped' the officers with pieces of colorful duct tape and the 'love chains' were born.  CTY offers students from all over the country and world the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of their peers who share their love of learning.


DPS Serves at Common Hour -

Below, Public Safety Officers setting up and serving pizza at Common Hour on November 30, 2017.   Over 128 pizzas are distributed at a typical Common Hour event for students, faculty, professional staff and visitors to enjoy. 


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