About Public Safety

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officer and department responsibilities

Staffing and Location

Staffed with a director, and nine full-time officers, Public Safety provides 24-hour security services, patrol and response throughout the year. Public Safety is dedicated to the safety and protection of the entire St. Olaf community consisting of 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 800 faculty, staff and administrative personnel. Public Safety officers are charged with enforcing college policies as well as local and state laws where applicable, that occur on college property. Public Safety is located in the lower level of Tomson Hall. 24-hour response is available by calling x3666.

Building Security

The St. Olaf campus is private property and as such, access to and the ability to remain on campus may be denied based on inappropriate behavior. Public Safety is responsible for checking and locking all academic and administrative buildings and checking residence halls. Public Safety strives to see that all appropriate doors are locked and asks that any student or employee who notices an unlocked or propped door to report the location immediately to Public Safety at x3666.

Daily Crime Log

A daily crime log is maintained in the Public Safety Office and is available for public review during normal business hours. This log contains a chronological listing of all crimes reported on campus property and includes the date and time reported, the date and time the offense occurred, an approximate location, general information and the disposition of the crime.

Safe Walk

Students concerned about their personal safety may contact Public Safety at x3666 and request an on-campus walking escort from the caller’s location to their destination. A Community Service Officer (student) will be dispatched to the caller’s location. This service is available 7:00PM to 1:00AM every day classes are in session.

Vehicle Assists

Public Safety can provide some roadside assistance to students and employees who are experiencing car trouble on campus. Public Safety carries a variety of unlocking tools and jump packs in their vehicles. If you lock your keys in your car or find you have a dead battery, contact Public Safety at x3666 for assistance.