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The Office of Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety operates a full-function, state certified law enforcement agency within the three campus communities of Georgia Southern University.  The 86 member department consists of 66 sworn police officers, 14 communications officers, and additional administrative and support personnel. Police officers enforce the laws of the State of Georgia and patrol all campus properties and adjacent areas. Officers are authorized under Georgia O.C.G.A. 20-3-72 to make arrests on and within 500 yards of any property owned and controlled by the State of Georgia Board of Regents. Additionally, officers investigate crime, provide protection for visiting dignitaries, maintain security for large sporting and public events, provide crime prevention programming, and conduct security assessments.The Office of Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Mission and Purpose

The Office of Public Safety is charged with the responsibility of serving and protecting the students, employees, and visitors of Georgia Southern University. The Office vigorously responds to calls for law enforcement services, enforces all State and local laws and ordinances, protects life and property, investigates matters of a criminal nature, preserves the peace, and strives to prevent crime and disorder. We are guided by the policies enacted by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the laws of the state of Georgia, and the Constitution of the United States of America.

We must strive to set a standard of excellence for others to follow, both individually and collectively. In keeping with this goal, we have adopted the following concise mission statement that reflects the fundamental principles of our department. We feel this should be the cornerstone of each and every member of our department’s policing philosophy:

Mission Statement

The mission of Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety is to provide a friendly, safe. and healthy environment for all students, employees, and visitors.”

Last updated: 7/13/2018