Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety

The Springfield College Department of Public Safety strives to help keep campus safe. Our 14 police officers and 35 security officers are fully trained, and we’re here for you–24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Services

  • Emergency: Make us your first point of contact in any on-campus emergency situation. If you’re off campus, call 911.
  • Escort: We will provide an escort from any campus property to any other campus property, 24 hours a day. The escort may be on foot, bicycle, or in a cruiser. 
  • Shuttle: Shuttle service is available seven nights a week. During the academic year, the shuttle is available at the times below. Call (413) 748-3400 to request this service, or to find out exact times. Extra shuttles can be added, depending on need.
    • Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight
    • Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Together with Residence Life, Health Services, Counseling Services, and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates, we offer resources to educate members of the Springfield College community about sexual assault prevention and response, and to provide information about resources on and off the campus. 
  • Bystander Intervention: We serve as one of the many resources for the Bystander Intervention program, which equips students like you with the skills to intervene in situations, whether it’s a friend who’s drinking too much or a teammate using hurtful language. 
  • Educational Programs: We offer educational programs for students, staff, and any outside group that requests it. These programs include crime prevention, rape aggression defense, drug recognition and awareness, defensive driving, and sexual assault awareness.

Get to Know Us

  • We’re staffed by 14 full-time, sworn police officers including a chief, a lieutenant, three sergeants, and nine patrol officers.
  • Our officers are sworn Massachusetts special state police officers under Massachusetts General Law Ch.22C S.63, and are required to attend the Special State Police Academy at the Massachusetts State Police training facility in New Braintree (a 14-week comprehensive training program that prepares the officers for duty).
  • Many officers continue training in related specialty areas, including sexual assault investigation, crime prevention, rape aggression defense, and drug recognition and awareness.
  • In addition to officers, we also have a dispatch center and a security force, and we can respond to medical emergencies

Our Badge

Protecting With Honor
Serving With Pride

Designed by Cheri Burton, our badge features Judd Gymnasia, the oldest building on the campus. And we wear it proudly. 

Dispatch Center

Our telecommunicators play a crucial role in the Department of Public Safety. They are the people you speak with whenever you call us. 

As the backbone of the Springfield College Department of Public Safety, our telecommunicators provide constant communication with officers, outside agencies, and you. They maintain a log of calls, pass on information, and issue parking permits. They also monitor other police agencies, alarm systems, CCTV monitors, and the electronic ID system.

Security Force

Springfield College Department of Public Safety employs approximately 35 uniformed, non-sworn security personnel, as well as 20 students who serve as student patrol officers. Together, these security officers are the "eyes and ears" of the police department, and play an integral part in preventing crime on the College campus. 

Where to Find Them

  • Parking lots 2, 4, and 15
  • Residence halls (excluding the Townhouses)
  • Assisting as community service officers 

Medical Response

All Springfield College police officers are qualified to help in medical emergencies.

They’re certified as first responders (advanced first aid), in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and with the automatic external defibrillator (AED). First aid equipment, oxygen, and AEDs are carried in each of the College's cruisers. Security officers also are required to be certified in CPR.

In addition, Springfield College Department of Public Safety oversees the College's EMS Club. This club is comprised of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Management students who volunteer to assist the police in response to medical calls. All members of the Springfield College EMS Club are basic EMTs or above.

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is the responsibility of everyone. Learn tips for staying safe on the campus.  

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