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Public Safety

Chatham University is dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcoming campus for all members of our community. To contact the Chatham University Public Safety Department, please email Public Safety or call 412-365-1230 to speak with an officer. Please email Lisa Zezza regarding all parking permit questions.

Officer Certification & Training

Police officers in the Public Safety Department are certified under Pennsylvania Legislative Act 120: Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act and/or Legislative Act 235: The Lethal Weapons Training Act, and are armed. The officers are sworn in by Allegheny County and have arrest powers as granted by Pennsylvania Legislative Act 501: The Private Police Act. Their jurisdiction includes all Chatham University property and all roads running through and adjacent to the campus. All officers must attend mandatory in-service training sessions, which address a range of topics relating to police work and are updated on a regular basis. The officers are required to be trained in the use of firearms and must qualify annually. Several officers are certified crime-prevention officers through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

Local & State Law Enforcement

The Public Safety Department cooperates fully with local and state law enforcement agencies in cases that involve both on and off campus jurisdictions or when resources of another agency can better facilitate the resolution of an investigation. Crimes occurring on campus are reported to the City of Pittsburgh Police Department when appropriate and when required by law. The Pittsburgh Police also service the campus community and can be contacted directly through the regular emergency numbers. The Public Safety Department maintains an excellent relationship with the Pittsburgh Police and can communicate with the local police by direct radio link. In addition, the Pittsburgh Police Department assists with criminal investigations and crime prevention awareness programs offered to all community members.