Security Operations

All Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine security personnel maintain order on our campuses by educating the campus community on security concerns and by enforcing College procedures.

Security: Organization and Duties

The Department of Security and Public Safety is located in Rowland Hall on our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus and at the front desk on our Suwanee, Georgia campus (PCOM Georgia) and the front desk at our Moultrie, Georgia location (PCOM South Georgia). The Director of Security and Public Safety is responsible for departmental administration and reports directly to the Chief Occupational and Environmental Safety Officer.

PCOM and PCOM Georgia each maintain a complement of in-house security personnel in conjunction with trained contract security personnel. PCOM South Georgia is staffed by trained contract security personnel.

Contract supervisors and officers are required to receive instruction, approved by the Director of Security and Public Safety, in the areas of legal authority, liability issues, fire prevention and control, evacuation procedures, investigation and departmental procedures prior to their assignment to campus.

Fire and Safety Checks

Security rounds are made and logs/records are kept within each building.

 

Law Enforcement

Security personnel do not have arrest powers, but consult with police authorities when arrests are warranted. The Department of Security and Public Safety works with local law enforcement authorities to gather information on criminal activity and to assess potential risks that may exist on or near each campus. Perpetrators are reported accordingly.

Criminal activities and emergency situations are to be reported to the Security Department when they are observed. Criminal activities will be investigated, and local law enforcement authorities will be notified as necessary. 

Security personnel are not permitted to carry lethal or nonlethal weapons while on duty. Only appropriate government law officers are permitted to enter the campus armed.

Visitors to Campus

All students and employees are issued an identification badge, which they are required to wear at all times.

Visitors and out-patients are required to sign in at all times on Saturdays and Sundays and at specific locations between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. Entry to campus facilities, other than authorized visitors/guests, is restricted unless clearance has been granted by individual administrators or by the Department of Security and Public Safety.