The California University Police Department is a fully recognized law enforcement agency as authorized by 71 P.S. 646, the Administrative Code of 1929 as amended and Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Status (Crime and Offenses), and 24 P.S. 20-1006-A (14) 20-10A (5) of the State System of Higher Education Act.
The department consists of professionally trained individuals capable of responding to requests for assistance in routine and emergency situations. The department, a diverse group of police officers, communications officers and secretarial staff, provides continuous 24-hour assistance to the University community.
The staff includes a director/chief, assistant chief, three lieutenants, three specialists, one detective, a K-9 handler, a crime prevention officer and 11 additional commissioned police officers that have received certification from a MPOETC-approved Act 120 police academy. Three communications officers and an administrative assistant contribute to the operation of the department. University Police personnel are certified in CPR, basic first-aid procedures, and the emergency medical airborne evacuation policy and procedure for transportation of the seriously ill or critically injured, and the department is equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).
Cal U's Police Department has also recently established a K-9 unit that will help track lost persons, recover evidence and engage in drug searches and public relations activities, in addition to day-to-day patrol of campus.
Additional services offered to University students, faculty and staff include parking and traffic management, criminal investigations, health, fire and safety surveys, special event planning, accident investigation, and crime prevention information and presentations.
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania College and University Security Act and the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, postsecondary institutions, including colleges and universities, must annually make available to all applicants, students and employees information with respect to campus crime statistics and the security policies of the institution.
The information is compiled by California University and made available through the Office of Admissions, Office of Student Affairs and University Police and on the University website.