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Public Safety Department Overview

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The Department of Public Safety works 24-7-365 to help keep Methodist University a safer and more secure place to learn, live, work, and grow. Our continuing mission is to serve and protect the University community while fostering an atmosphere of integrity, courtesy, and respect. We seek to continuously improve the quality and scope of our services to meet community's changing needs. We are committed to delivering the highest level of professional support to our students, faculty, staff, and guests.

The Department of Public Safety's Headquarters is located in the Campus Services Building (near Clark Hall and the Soccer Field).  Our customer service desk is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Chief James Phillips, leads the Department of Public Safety which is organized into three specialized sections: Police Services, Security Services, and Safety and Support Services. A Lieutenant leads each section, assisted by Supervisors, Officers, and Administrative Specialists.
 
Lt. Stan Starling, leads the Police Services Section, which performs an array of law enforcement functions. Campus Police Officers are fully empowered to enforce North Carolina criminal and traffic laws and federal criminal laws on University property, as well as on all adjacent streets and highways. In addition, they patrol in vehicles and on foot, investigate crimes and vehicle crashes, respond to calls for service, and provide assistance to motorists. Campus Police Officers complete annual in-service training as mandated by the North Carolina Department of Justice. Many of our Police Officers also hold advanced and specialized law enforcement certifications.
 
Lt. Carl Douglas, leads the Security Services Section, which is the largest, and perhaps most visible, within the Department. Security Officers, who patrol in vehicles and on foot, are responsible for locking, unlocking, and frequently checking all facilities on the campus. In addition, our Security Officers respond to calls for service, provide support for athletic and other special events, and enforce University parking regulations. Campus Security Officers complete supervised classroom and field training before becoming eligible for solo patrol duty.
 
Lt. Janet Bird, leads the Safety and Support Services Section, which executes many important duties that impact the entire University community. The highly-trained and skilled personnel who staff this section are responsible for fire and life safety program compliance and training, crime prevention, driver safety training, emergency preparedness, access control, and administration of the vehicle registration and campus ID card programs.

 

 

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