Police, Communications, and Environmental Health & Safety
The Police Division of the North Georgia College & State University Department of Public Safety is on the job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We’re the most visible part of the department, and we serve at the forefront of police operations. Whether on routine patrol, responding to emergency calls for assistance, or simply providing information about our campus, our uniformed officers are here to ensure that your experience on campus is a safe one. Making up more than two-thirds of our Department’s personnel, our patrol officers perform a variety of functions aimed at maintaining the safe learning environment we value at NGCSU.
The primary focus of the police division is ensuring the safety and security of the university community. We strive to achieve this by patrolling the university community, traffic enforcement, and responding to various calls for public assistance and welfare. Our officers provide protection for visiting dignitaries who have included Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and high ranking military officials. Patrol officers generally work in full uniform and operate in marked police vehicles.
In addition to patrolling the campus in traditional police vehicles, the patrol division also utilizes foot patrols, bicycles and ATVs for general and targeted enforcement. These vehicles allow officers to patrol many areas of the university’s campus where vehicles cannot.
Investigators perform a wide variety of investigative and administrative functions to serve the NGCSU community. Investigators routinely work with surrounding law enforcement agencies on multi-agency taskforces in response to crimes that affect multiple communities. Our investigators have taken part in several successful taskforce investigations that culminated in violent offenders being taken into custody. From death investigations to parking lot accidents, Investigations has the responsibility and training to fully investigate all reported incidents. In recent years, we have successfully investigated all types of criminal complaints, including numerous cases of identity theft, theft by taking, sexual assaults, and computer related crimes involving the NGCSU community.
Striving for Excellence
Officers engage in a number of advanced and continuous training courses which enable them to remain at the forefront of the law enforcement profession. Each newly hired officer must be a state certified police officer with a minimum of two years prior experience. Once hired, officers undergo a rigorous field training program within the police department, which includes advanced certifications and training such as Radar and Intoxilizer Certifications, Standardized Field Sobriety training, Firearms Qualifications, and Defensive Tactics training. During the field training program, officers must familiarize themselves with the patrol rifle. All officers undergo annual active shooter training in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies.
While striving for excellence, our officers also compete with local and state law enforcement agencies in the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Iron Division Competition. This rigorous competition requires peak physical and mental performance in order to compete against contenders from other agencies.