The Dickinson College Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to working to prevent crimes before they can occur, reducing the potential victimization of members of the campus community. All DPS Officers receive crime prevention training. DPS personnel are available to provide prevention training, programming and materials upon request. Requests can be made by phone 717-245-1349
The College provides the following services and programs to improve safety on campus and to educate the community about security issues:
Safe Walk is a campus accompaniment service designed as an alternative to walking alone, especially at night. Public Safety provides this escort service for people walking on campus or to and from a College-owned residence. Safe Walk escorts are free of charge and available to all members of the Dickinson College community. Simply call 245-1349 to request this service. A uniformed officer will be dispatched to walk with you to your destination. Off campus escorts are limited to the requestor’s residence.
Students, staff, and faculty are asked to walk with others when possible and to choose paths that are well lit.
Sessions on personal safety, crime and violence prevention, crisis and emergency management planning, residence hall safety, rape prevention, self-defense, fire safety, and first aid/CPR are offered on campus. Contact Public Safety at (717) 245-1349 for more information.
New Student Orientation
Crime prevention materials are provided and questions are answered during new student and parent orientation meetings.
The Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.)
R.A.D. is a comprehensive self–defense system for women. The RAD program is available to employees and students. The program includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance strategies, as well as options available to women during a confrontation or attack. RAD is a hands on defense training program, not a martial arts course.
R.A.D. is taught by nationally certified DPS officers. The program focuses on developing self-defense as one of the options available to women. The system includes carefully selected, realistically employable defense tactics which utilize a woman's personal weapons (such as hands and feet). These tactics are easy to learn and easy to retain.
We also offer a free lifetime practice policy, which encourages students who have completed the course to return to any RAD class and practice with a certified instructor at absolutely no cost.
If you have questions or if you are interested in taking part in the program, please contact the instructors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are strongly encouraged to mark valuables with your driver’s license number and to record serial numbers.
Crime Education Material
Brochures and posters related to substance abuse, personal safety, motor vehicle and bicycle theft prevention, residence and office security and many other topics are available free at the DPS office.
ID Safety is a website designed for consumers and law enforcement to combat identity theft. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States and people aged 18-29 make up the group most commonly victimized by it. Identity theft occurs when someone steals personal identifying information and uses that information for personal gain. College students can be prime candidates for identify theft. To learn more about identity theft and how to protect yourself click here ID Safety.
Downloadable Resources (Adobe Reader Required)
Identity Theft Prevention Tookit [pdf ] Identity Theft Resource Guide [pdf ]
The bicycle registration program is a free service for students. A numbered decal will be affixed to your bike. A registration form will be completed containing these numbers and will be kept on file for four years. If the bike is stolen and recovered, the owner can be traced through the registered decal number.
To register your bike, contact the Department of Public Safety at ext. 1349 on campus or (717) 245-1349 from off campus or a cell phone.