Public Safety Services

Public Safety Services

To ensure campus safety, every current student, faculty, and staff member must have a College ID on their person whenever on college property. ID cards are required to enter certain buildings, rooms, and services, such as residence halls, the ATEC Gaming Room and The Night & Day Café.

ID cards may be obtained Monday – Friday from 9AM – 9PM at the Public Safety and Health Department located in Bollinger Hall, room 46.

The Central Penn College Public Safety and Health Department is committed to protecting the safety and security of the entire campus community. Therefore, a campus security safety escort is available to all students, faculty, and staff members who feel uncomfortable walking during the hours of darkness.  Escorts during daylight hours may be provided when documented safety concerns exist.

Security escorts are provided to individuals who are walking on campus during the hours of darkness, typically dusk to dawn.  Off-campus locations are not supported.

If you wish to request the safety escort, please call (717) 728-2364.  When a request for a security escort is received, you will be asked to provide your name, contact number, location and intended destination.  Public Safety personnel will verify, through Campus Nexus, your identity as a student, faculty, or staff member of the college.  The Public Safety and Health Department reserves the right to deny the safety escort when a request is made for which the safety escort is not intended or if the location falls outside a reasonable perimeter of campus as mentioned above.

Please note that if a public safety officer receives a call for assistance, the call must take precedence over the escort.  For example, a report of any crime, accident or alarm will supersede a call for a campus escort.  If a public safety officer or escort gets delayed, you will be notified via phone call and an estimated time of arrival will be provided.

The Public Safety and Health Department is the official repository for lost and found property.

Individuals may report lost property by utilizing Chargerback, an online reporting website, or to the Public Safety and Health Department by phone (717) 728-2364, or in-person at the Public Safety and Health Office in Bollinger Hall, Room 46, where a public safety officer will assist you. Individuals who find property should deliver it to the Public Safety and Health Department or plan for the property to be picked up by a public safety officer.

If no owner can be located, or if the property is not claimed by the owner at the end of an academic term, the found property will either be donated to a charitable organization or disposed of in an appropriate manner, at the Public Safety and Health Departments discretion.

Access the lost and found form.

Report suspicious activity you see on campus to the Public Safety and Health Department using this SMS texting service.

You can use the service to report suspicious activities seen on campus, such as theft, vandalism, drugs, domestic disputes, disorderly behavior, and more.

U-Tip can also be used to help prevent crimes on campus by reporting incidents before they escalate and by helping the Public Safety & Health Department spot suspicious individuals. U-Tip is anonymous unless the reporter decides to reveal their identity later.

How to use U-Tip

  • Enter 79516.
  • In the text message type “CentralPenn” then a brief message. An example of the text content might be: CentralPenn car break-in parking lot J.
  • “CentralPenn” is our campus identifier. It is essential that you provide a space between CentralPenn and your text message for the message to get routed to the Public Safety and Health Department.
  • This message is sent directly to the Public Safety and Health Department and appropriate action will be taken immediately.

Other Reporting Options:

The Public Safety and Health Department has provided the following information on Vehicle Assistance.

Jump-Starting Vehicles

Public safety officers cannot jump-start vehicles. However, we can assist you in contacting a local vehicle service provider.

Vehicle Lockouts

Public safety officers cannot perform vehicle lockouts. However, we can assist you in contacting a local vehicle service provider.

Pushing Cars

Public safety officers cannot push, pull, or tow vehicles that are stuck in snow or mud. However, we can assist you in contacting towing services.

Local Locksmith Service

Lock Pop & Keys

  • 101 N Enola Dr, Enola, PA 17025
  • (717) 875-8976

Harrisburg Locksmith

  • 216 Seneca St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • (717) 238-0371

The Flying Locksmiths of Central PA

  • 1300 Market St ste 303, Lemoyne, PA 17043
  • (717) 707-2399

Local Vehicle Towing Service

Magaro Auto Sales & Towing

  • 705 Tower Rd, Enola, PA 17025
  • (717) 732-6969

Towman Brake and Tows Auto Repairs

  • 3535 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • (717) 343-8159

Miller & Sam’s Towing

  • 6980 Wertzville Rd, Enola, PA 17025
  • (717) 697-9972

The vehicle service vendors shown above are provided for informational purposes only; this is not an endorsement of any listed businesses. Services vary.

Web Resources

Timely Warnings are Clery Act required notifications that go out to the entire College Community to alert of a potential or ongoing threat of a Clery Reportable Offense.

Emergency Notifications go out to the entire College Community when there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation currently occurring on or immediately threatening campus.

Central Penn Alert is Central Penn’s emergency notification system. Situations/incidents that the college considers a crime and pose an ongoing threat to students and employees are quickly brought to the attention of the campus community through this system. Central Penn Alert can include, but is not limited to, a combination of voice and text messages, emails, messages on Central Penn’s main telephone number and home page,, and posts on the College’s official social media sites.

Students, faculty, and staff can register to receive notifications via text message, email, or phone call in the event of a Blackboard Day, delay, or emergency. Register for this system by visiting the student portal (

Campus Locations

  • Summerdale, Pennsylvania
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Things a Person Should Know:

  • Public safety officers perform wellness checks on behalf of concerned campus community members, loved ones, and acquaintances.
  • Request a wellness check by calling the Office of Public Safety.
  • A consistent lack of contact, mental health crisis, and suspicious activity near someone’s residence hall all justify a wellness check.

What is a Wellness Check?

  • A wellness check is when a public safety officer physically stops by someone’s residence hall to see if they are okay.
  • It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a person’s health and safety! Don’t hesitate to request a wellness check if you suspect that someone is in danger.

How to Request a Wellness Check:

  1. Call 911 or the Office of Public Safety.
    • Always call 911 if you suspect that the person is in active, immediate danger.
    • Dial the Office of Public Safety for serious but not necessarily life-threatening concerns.
  1. Explain who you are requesting the wellness check for and why.
    • Let the dispatcher or public safety officer know the full name of the person you are worried about, as well as where they live. Then, explain why you are worried about the person in question and/or why you think they could be in danger.
  1. Wait to hear back from the Office of Public Safety or the police.
    • If the wellness check goes well, public safety officers or the police will likely call you back with an update. If the wellness check requires additional follow-up, the officers will focus on the most immediate issue at hand.

What justifies a wellness check?

  • A consistent lack of contact.
    • The occasional missed call or text is not necessarily a cause for concern, but a consistent lack of communication definitely is.
  • Suicide risk.
    • Wellness checks are commonly called for people displaying suicidal tendencies—this might be a concerning text, a bizarre post on social media, or a confession over the phone. An urgent wellness check can potentially save someone’s life and help them get the mental health support that they need.
  • Suspicious activity near a person’s residence hall.
    • Does the person’s residence look broken into, or do you see suspicious people prowling near their residence hall? Call the Office of Public Safety and request a wellness check—this allows public safety officers to quickly assist potential victims.


What happens during a wellness check?

  1. Public safety officers or the police knock on the person’s door and see if they are home.
    • After knocking or ringing the doorbell, the officers will announce themselves and wait for someone to answer the door. If the person in question is fine, the officer will contact the original caller with an update.
  1. Officers investigate around the residence hall if nobody is around.
    • Officers may walk around the person’s residence hall and see if they can get an idea of where the person may be and what’s going on. They may also inspect the parking lot to see if the person’s car is nearby.
    • Officers will also check the person’s mail to see if they have any packages piling up.
  1. Officers collect background information and do research.
    • Officers might knock on neighbors’ doors, speak with family, friends, or the person’s emergency contact, or review their academic schedule.
  1. Officers enter the residence if they feel the situation calls for it.
    • Public safety officers are allowed to enter a person’s residence if they think that person’s life or safety could be in danger. Ultimately, this decision depends on the specific situation.

Central Penn College understands that our picturesque campus provides an ideal backdrop for weddings, prom, and graduation photos. The college welcomes community members to visit our campus for photo opportunities but does require that a request be submitted to the college's Public Safety Department for approval in advance of the visit.

An online request can be accessed through the college's Hold Harmless Agreement .

Please contact for more info and to request access.

In an effort to provide our students, faculty, staff, and community with information about the campus security procedures and practices, the Public Safety and Health Department and its partners provide a variety of educational programs on topics such as, fire safety awareness, crime prevention and safety awareness, alcohol and drug awareness, and public safety services.All programs are offered to students, faculty, and staff as requested. If you or your organization would like to request a specific program, please complete the Community Education Program request form at

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