Crime Prevention on Campus
The Franklin & Marshall Department of Public Safety is very concerned about providing the campus community with a safe and secure environment and strives to prevent crimes from occurring rather than react to them after the fact.
Through our Crime Prevention program we attempt to eliminate or minimize criminal activity. One way we attempt to prevent crime is through patrols within the campus community 24 hours a day, 365 days per year utilizing cars, bikes, and officers on foot. Additionally, the community is equipped with Emergency Phones and cameras to assist students, faculty, professional staff and visitors with safety and security. The campus community is also provided information through online safety tips, brochures, safety presentations, and when deemed necessary, Timely Warnings and Emergency Alerts.
Please browse our website and brochure for the numerous services which The Department of Public Safety provides.
Anonymous Crime Reporting
If you have personal knowledge or have heard of any crime that has occurred on or off campus involving college community members, please fill out this form.
Public Safety at Your Event
If you're thinking about asking for a Public Safety Officer to be present exclusively at an event, coverage must be requested. Examples include sporting events, lectures, etc.
LiveSafe is a personal safety mobile app that F&M is providing to all students, faculty and staff. The app provides a quick and convenient way to communicate directly with Public Safety. Learn more about the LiveSafe App and how to sign up!
S.A.F.E. (Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange)
Taught by Public Safety officers, S.A.F.E. is a 2-hour program designed to prevent the victimization of women (the largest population to experience sexual violence), and to introduce the aspects of self-defense.
Campus Safety Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Report all suspicious persons, vehicles and activities to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
- Use the 'buddy system' and watch out for your neighbor.
- Keep your doors locked whenever you find yourself alone in a building.
- Report lights that are out and any hazardous conditions immediately to Facilities & Operations.
- If you see someone being victimized, get involved and notify Public Safety. You can stay anonymous if you choose by using the Anonymous Crime Reporting form located on this website.
- Download the free LiveSafe app. The app provides a quick and convenient way to communicate directly with Public Safety.
Lost & Found
Many items are found on or around the college campus. Due to Accreditation standards imposed by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, the Department of Public Safety must treat every piece of property it takes into its possession as if it was evidence.
Items accepted by the Department of Public Safety include:
Wallets, cell phones, handbags, jewelry, electronic devices, pharmaceuticals, weapons, eye glasses, money, credit cards, ID's of any kind and bicycles.
Items of little monetary value are not accepted by the Department of Public Safety. These items can be deposited at the Steinman College Center information desk, including:
Backpacks, luggage, umbrellas, sports equipment and clothing.
Programs & Resources
Public Safety can provide assistance when students or members of the campus community find themselves locked out of a room.
A student will be assisted by a staff member from the Department of Public Safety who will unlock the student's residence hall room, after identification is verified. A student will be allowed one such unlock by the Department of Public Safety each academic year free of charge. A $10 fee will be levied for each subsequent room unlock during the academic year.
Walking escorts are provided to and from on-campus and off-campus buildings, within a stipulated radius of the College by Public Safety.
The Department of Public Safety provides a walking escort service seven days a week, 24 hours a day. All students, faculty, staff and administrators may request the service by calling 717-358-3939 or on campus ext. 3939. Walking escorts are provided to and from on-campus and off campus buildings, within a stipulated radius of the College.
Public Safety offers TIPS training to students in order to promote safety and responsibility wherever alcohol is served or consumed.
Public Safety offers TIPS training to students in order to promote safety and responsibility wherever alcohol is served or consumed. TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is a world-wide training program designed to prevent intoxication and promote safety.
The program accomplishes this in a classroom setting by educating students on behavioral cues, intoxication risks, liability issues, and intervention. If you would like to schedule a training session, please contact Officer Keely Johnston at 717-358-5805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COPs Program/College House Liaison
The COPs program was designed as a student led safety-security committee that is comprised of a permanently assigned Public Safety officer and students that volunteer to attend regular meetings.
The House Liaison and COPs program is a joint effort of the College House system and F&M Department of Public Safety. The Liaison program began as a plan to improve communication between College House residents and Public Safety. An officer from Public Safety is permanently assigned to a college House so that students and house staff can connect with the officer.
The program expanded in 2012 with the addition of the COPs program. The COPs program was designed as a student led safety-security committee that is comprised of a permanetly assigned Public Safety officer and students that volunteer to attend regular meetings. The groups encourage the students to 'team up' with Public Safety to find solutions to crime trends and safety issues.
The objective is to give students the opportunity to work with Public Safety and become an integral part of solving problems. The program also gives students insight on how Public Safety works and builds rapport and trust between the groups. In addition, the groups can educate the other members of the College Houses and promote safety on campus.
If you would like to become a student COPs member, please send your House Dean an email.
The ride along program helps to educate F&M students, faculty and professional staff about what DPS does on a daily basis and to help observers become familiar with the officers and the department.
Public Safety provides members of the campus community the ability to conduct a 'ride along' with its officers. If you are interested in a ride-along, there are certain criteria for eligibility. Participants should sign and submit the Observer Instructions & Rules as well as the Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement.
Most ride alongs are conducted during busier times on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Please phone Public Safety at 717-358-3939 and ask to speak to the Sergeant in charge to schedule a time to ride, or stop by our office at Marshall/Buchanan.
Snow ShovelsStudents may borrow shovels from Public Safety.
Public Safety does not shovel out student vehicles. There are, however, shovels available to borrow. Students are required to exchange their college ID for the temporary use of a shovel.
The Department of Public Safety provides fingerprinting services to F&M students, faculty and professional staff.The Department of Public Safety provides fingerprinting services to F&M students, faculty and professional staff who need fingerprinting for employment and background checks. Please contact Officer Keely Johnston at email@example.com or 717-358-5805 for this service.
Request a 'Stay Safe' Presentation
Safety presentations are offered to students, faculty and professional staff.
Safety presentations are offered to students, faculty and professional staff. The presentation can include a wide range of topics or can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group. If you are interested and wish to set up an appointment, please contact Officer Keely Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-358-3805.
Citizen Complaint Process
Citizens may use the process described herein. Completed forms will go directly to the Director of Public Safety.
The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing quality police and security services to the entire campus community and its visitors. We take that duty seriously, and for that reason have adopted internal safeguards to discourage abuses of authority by our employees. Complaints regarding such abuses are vigorously investigated to ensure the integrity of the department while protecting the rights and interests of both citizens and department employees. If you feel that an employee of this department has acted in an abusive, disrespectful, discourteous or unprofessional manner toward you or others, you are encouraged to report that employee to a Department supervisor.
Complaints may be submitted in the following ways:
- In person: hand deliver to Public Safety at 609 Old Main Drive.
- Mail: send to the Chief, Director of Public Safety, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.
- Fax : fax complaint form to FMDPS c/o Chief, Director at 717-358-4579.
- Electronic submission: Use the Citizen Complaint Form for electronic submission.
Bias Response Protocol (BRP)
Learn about Bias Response Protocol.
Franklin & Marshall College is committed to an inclusive living and learning community. The safety, health and well-being of our students, faculty and professional staff are taken very seriously. For that reason Bias Response Protocol (BRP) has been established. A 'bias incident' refers to behavior, whether criminal or otherwise, which is motivated by the violator's bias toward the victim's actual or perceived age, race, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Under PLEAC Standards, the Department of Public Safety completes a 'Bias-Based Policing Prevention Form' for each person stopped, detained, arrested or cited by our officers.
PA Crime Codes
Many Franklin & Marshall students are out-of-state residents. Our campus police officers are empowered to enforce state and local laws and do issue Non-Traffic Citations where appropriate. This is in addition to referrals to the College Judicial Review Board.
We have compiled a list of relevant summary offenses dealing with alcohol consumption to criminal trespass, to name a few, for which you may be cited by Public Safety, Lancaster City or Manheim Township Police Officers.
If you have any questions regarding these, or other statutes, please call Public Safety for advice.
|Underage Drinking||Criminal Mischief||Criminal Trespass||Curfew|
|Discharge of Firearms||Disorderly Conduct||Harassment & Stalking||Littering|
|Noise Ordinance||Open Containers||Public Drunkenness||Skateboards|
|State Disorderly Conduct||Age Misrepresentation|