The mission of the Fort Valley State University Department of Campus Police and Safety is to ensure the security and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors so that the academic environment and quality of campus life empowers our students to succeed. We are committed to maintaining the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.
The Fort Valley State University community is guarded 24 hours 7 days a week by armed, certified police officers who enforce laws on University property and areas adjacent to University property within 500 yards. Each certified police officer has attended a law enforcement officer’s training course of a minimum of 640 hours to become certified in arresting, reporting, investigating, and assisting in the prosecution of any crime. The police officer’s receive a minimum of 20 hours of recertification training each year.
Campus police are assisted by non-certified security officers who help open and close buildings and perform basic security checks. All officers are training in CPR and First Aid.
In addition to police and security officers, the department has certified communications officers who receive training through the Georgia POST council to handle emergency calls for assistance. The administrative secretary and records clerk for the department review all Clery related reports and obtain statistical data from the departments incident reporting computer database, case files and daily activity log sheets, along with information from other local law enforcement agencies to include the FVSU Judicial Affairs office.
The statistical data found is recorded on an annual basis and logged in the U.S. Department of Education online portal each year as required by federal mandate in addition to being published into a hard copy for dissemination to new/returning students at orientation and faculty/staff during annual faculty-staff institute. The annual crimes reported to FVSU and any other institution of higher education can be found online at http://ope.ed.gov/security.