Campus safety is a number one priority at Pierpont. The Campus Security department serves a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on the philosophy of community-oriented policing. In addition to Law Enforcement and Parking control, the department is also responsible for Emergency Management preparedness efforts and is tasked with the Community College’s Emergency Operations Plan that would be activated should a natural or man-made incident affect the campus. Coordination of the institutions’ Clery program is also provided by the Public Safety Department.
Emergency Response Guide
Crime Statistics & Reports
Enforcement & Staff
The department is staffed with seven full-time police officers and three part-time officers. All sworn police personnel are certified by the State of West Virginia as law enforcement officers and exercise full arrest powers. Graduation from the West Virginia State Police Academy or equivalent recruit training are required as well as the completion of annual in-service training to maintain certification and competencies.
The campus is within the city limits of Fairmont, which allows Campus Police to work closely with the Fairmont Police Department through a Mutual Aid agreement that enables both departments to work together in one another’s jurisdictions upon request. The Fairmont and Campus Police Departments are also involved in a Federal Grant funded program called “Project Safe Neighborhood” that consists of joint patrols through the city and campus to deter crime.
The department employs three full-time and three part-time security officers who provide the campus community with many different services. These include unlocking and jump starting vehicles, security escorts, traffic enforcement, locking and unlocking of buildings, event security and constant security patrols throughout the campus. One member of the security staff is a certified Emergency Medical Responder who, in addition to also responding to medical emergencies on campus, coordinates the campus AED (automated external defibrillator) program and in-service emergency medical training for other police and security staff within the department.
Opportunities for student employment are also available. The office generally staffs 12 to 18 student security officers who may work as much as 20 hours per week. While many are Criminal Justice majors, students in any course of study are welcome to apply for the program. Uniformed student officers work in pairs and/or with police and regular security officers, are radio equipped and are routinely dispatched to provide escorts, help lock and unlock doors, enforce parking regulations, patrol the campus, and assist in parking details and event security.
Programs and Projects
The Department of Public Safety employs a program specialist and a part-time project coordinator for the daily maintenance of the office. These employees are responsible for processing parking tickets, taking payments, processing appeals, distributing parking tokens and temporary parking decals. The program specialist also serves as a “Victim Advocate” for persons affected by the criminal actions of others and also provides assistance to officers investigating offenses concerning crimes against persons.