The Lehigh University Police Department is accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association as well by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Lehigh’s Police Officers are fully trained and certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The University Police have and may exercise full police powers on campus. A good working relationship exists between University Police and State and Local Departments.
The primary function of the University Police Department is to aid in the success of the students at Lehigh. We accomplish this goal by having the goal of student success guide our actions. We strive to protect the welfare and safety of our students, faculty and visitors. The preservation of law and order, the protection of property, the apprehension and prosecution of offenders and the enforcement of policies are also important duties.
The Lehigh University Police Department consists of a Chief, an Assistant Chief, one Captain, three Lieutenants, four Sergeants, twenty four Patrol Officers, two Security Guards, six Police Dispatchers, a department Business Manager, and twenty-five part-time Events Staff. The Department also has a police substation located at the Farrington Square complex as well as 3rd & New Street in Bethlehem.
Lehigh’s Police Officers are all PA Act-120 certified. In addition to the state-mandated training course, the Department requires officers to have yearly CPR training, firearms school with yearly re-qualification and training in issues relating to drugs, drunk driving and crime prevention. Ongoing in-service training is varied and all-inclusive to ensure we receive the most current training available in law enforcement, medical response and other related areas. It is our intent to keep the level of professionalism at its highest within the department and to constantly seek new and better ways to serve the Lehigh community.
Lehigh University Police Department reports all crimes to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR), which is compiled by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Research and Development. In addition, Lehigh University Police reports annually to the Department of Education as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Reports are also shared, if requested, with local Police Departments.