University Police and Public Safety

University Police and Public Safety

The Police and Safety Services Department is responsible to the Chief Operating Officer. The department consists of a supervisor, seven full-time officers, two part-time officers, and a full-time staff assistant. Departmental staff provide Berks campus with police and safety services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need to speak with a police officer, you may call the Penn State Berks Police office at 610-396-6111 during normal business hours. You may also contact Police Services 24-hours-a-day by dialing our pager number 610-856-4822, and then entering your return phone number from a touch-tone telephone.

The Penn State Berks Police Office is located in Room 112, Luerssen Building. The Office will be open during normal office hours 8:00-4:30pm. We have officers on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached at the office 610-396-6111 or on the pager 610-856-4882.The Police and Safety Services Department is also affiliated with the Berks County Communications Center. We may be contacted 24-hours-a-day through the "Berks County Police Dispatcher." Your non-emergency after-hours calls should be directed to 610-655-4911.

The supervisor and all officers are graduates of a certified police academy approved by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission. All members of the department are commissioned under state law and have the same authority as municipal police officers in the Commonwealth; have complete annual training requirements established by the Commission, which addresses changes and revisions to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code; and maintain current certification in both first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Periodic in-service training is also provided in subjects directed toward the specific needs of the campus.

A cooperative relationship is maintained by the Penn State Berks Police Department with all surrounding police departments. This includes: Spring Township, Wyomissing Borough, the City of Reading, the Pennsylvania State Police, and various other state and federal agencies. Some of the benefits of these relationships are interaction in various training programs, the use of joint radio systems, coordination of coverage for special events, and most importantly, a mutual effort when investigating serious incidents.