Safety & Security
148 S. Main St. Emergency Line 570-408-4999 (T) 570-408-2FIX (T) 570-408-4985 (F) Email
The Wilkes University Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety at Wilkes University is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Maintaining a safe and secure campus takes commitment from both our office and the campus community, working together. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for yourself, and for others. Be alert for anything that may be suspicious. Trust your instincts, and never hesitate to call Public Safety for assistance. All Wilkes University community members are encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related issues to Public Safety in a timely manner. To report an incident, use the Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form or contact the Department of Public Safety at (570) 408-4999.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for all campus safety and security matters. Our dedicated staff of patrol officers traverse the campus and its perimeter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Public Safety Officers (PSO’s) working in the Department of Public Safety are certified under Pennsylvania Act 235 (The Lethal Weapons Training Act). Our officers attend mandatory in-service training sessions which cover a myriad of law enforcement and campus safety topics.
The Department of Public Safety maintains an excellent relationship the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
The Department of Public Safety prepares this webpage, including the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (ASFSR), to comply with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the campus and the Department of Public Safety. The report is also made available on the University website at http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/318.asp.
Public Safety Updates
- Wilkes University completed an evaluation of its public safety function in spring 2013. Margolis Healy Associates, nationally recognized experts in campus safety and security, made recommendations for changes to the public safety function. The University is in the process of implementing those recommendations.
- A director of public safety will be hired in 2014.
- New uniforms and a new public safety vehicle to increase visibility of public safety staff on campus were launched in fall 2013.
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