Public Safety Police Officer

Lancaster, PA
Franklin & Marshall College

The Franklin & Marshall College Public Safety Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency demonstrating its commitment to enhanced professionalism and excellence in campus safety. The department includes 19 sworn armed police officers, 4 security officers and 4 dispatchers providing safety services through the deployment of vehicle, foot and bicycle patrols. Public Safety is led by Chief William McHale most recently a Major with the Pennsylvania State Police who offers over 20 years of safety leadership.

Responsibilities include:

  • providing 24 hours a day patrol of the campus and surrounding areas on foot, bike and in College-owned patrol vehicles;
  • responding to emergencies in a safe, calm and effective manner;
  • monitoring campus buildings, including fire/intrusion alarm and remote systems;
  • providing escort services and emergency assistance for students and employees as needed;
  • assisting with crowd control during special events;
  • investigating crimes and incidents, writing reports and enforcing parking regulations.


  • high school diploma or GED
  • Pennsylvania Act 120 Municipal Police Training Commission Academy certification (current or expired) in accordance with PA law OR have the MPOETC- Out of State Certification OR currently meet all qualifications for the MPOETC- Out of State Certification Exam.
  • ACT 235 Certificate
  • Prior experience as a police officer preferred
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills and the ability to calmly and appropriately respond to emergency situations are also vital to this position. Candidates must be competent with computerized information systems and be able to accurately type reports using word processing software.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Candidates must be able to qualify with a department issued firearm
  • The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.