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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,
The Department of Public Safety's Headquarters is located
in the South Administration Building on Soccer Drive. Our business office
can be reached by calling 630-7149. The Crime Prevention Office is located
in the lobby of Garber Residence Hall.
||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.