Who We Are
As the Department of Public Safety, our number one duty is to protect, serve and educate the entire university community. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your time at Georgia College, you can find the Public Safety office in the Hall House at 301 W. Montgomery St. Our dedicated staff, under the direction of Chief Scott Beckner, is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Department of Public Safety consists of four divisions:
The Support Services Division is responsible for administrative functions within the police department and providing support services functions for the other three divisions. The division is responsible for several critical functions of the department including the communications center and staff, records, training, crime prevention, and the Student Night Auxiliary Program (SNAP). There are many administrative functions that are carried out by the division including: compliance with the Clery Act, the Freedom of Information Act, GCIC/NCIC rules and regulations, Peace Officer Standards and Training Council requirements, and Georgia College policy as directed by the Board of Regents. All records and case files are maintained by this division as well.
The records section is responsible for maintaining all case files and records within the department and distributing incident reports to outside agencies and the public. The records section also provides background checks, expungements, and fingerprinting services for the general public and university community. A valid government issued photo ID, and consent form completed in person is required to process all requests. For more information about background checks and expungements, please call 478-445-4054. Fee list:
Background Check: $10
Fingerprinting: $5 per card
Copies of Videos: $10
The most critical function of the division is the communications center. The communications center is staffed by four full time communications officers and one part time communications officer who are all POST certified communications officers. The communications section is a vital link of the department providing the communication necessary to receive emergency calls and to send the appropriate response. The communications center also monitors intrusion and fire alarms, security cameras throughout the campus, emergency call boxes, local police, fire, and EMS radio frequencies, GCIC/NCIC computer, and places all information into the computer aided dispatch system (CADS). Communications officers are usually the first contact for those requesting Public Safety help or assistance.
The patrol division is the largest of the four divisions and is headed up by a Captain. The division is staffed by 18 state-certified police officers and provides a wide variety of services, ranging from motorist assistance, traffic enforcement, to answering routine and emergency calls for service, to major case investigation and community-oriented programming. Regardless of what their assigned duties might be, the department's personnel are dedicated to the delivery of pro-active law enforcement services in a positive and professional manner. Officers patrol the Milledgeville campus and surrounding area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are four patrol shifts, each supervised by a Sergeant. The department also provides patrol services for the campus in downtown Macon whenever classes are in session.
Our officers patrol the campus in a variety of ways; patrol cars, bicycles, golf carts and on foot. This variety has allowed the department to expand our services beyond normal boundaries of patrol. By getting into areas where patrol vehicles cannot reach, we have increased our visibility and hopefully deterred criminal activity with our presence.
All of our patrol officers attend a regional police academy where they receive a minimum of 404 hours of basic law enforcement training in critical areas such as criminal procedures, firearms, emergency driving and criminal law. After completing the basic academy officers undergo an additional eight weeks of hands on training in the field with experienced training officers. Officers continuously improve their training by attending at least 40 hours of advanced training every year.
The Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is staffed by an investigator who is responsible for conducting initial and follow-up investigations of all reported crimes that occur on the Georgia College campus and in some instances, property surrounding the Georgia College campus at the request of any student, staff or faculty member within our jurisdiction.
The Criminal Investigation Division also works closely with other local, state and federal authorities, monitors local pawn shops and analyzes crime trends to determine and implement preventive actions. This division is also responsible for detailed and thorough interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects, assisting the District Attorney's Office with the prosecution of major cases, serving as a witness for the state and preparing statements and evidence prior to trial.
If you have information concerning a crime that has occurred on campus and would like to report it anonymously, please complete the form below. All information will be kept confidential. Your identity cannot be traced by submitting this form. Please provide as much information as possible in order to assist the Georgia College Police in addressing your concerns. To report a crime online anonymously, click here.
This mission is carried out by a collaborative effort among all within the university community. To review what to do in the event of an emergency, please refer to the Emergency Action Plan Summary. Additionally, to learn more about the various safety systems that are in place to enhance your safety while on campus, visit the Emergency Systems page.
What We Do
As Georgia College officers, we enforce the state laws as well as local ordinances. We issue citations, make arrests and work vehicle accidents. Some of our other duties include assisting motorists and patrolling the campus on foot, bicycle or in marked patrol vehicles.
Georgia College Public Safety is a member of the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Middle Georgia Law Enforcement Council, the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
You can play an important role in the safety of our campus. You should always be aware of your environment, especially when walking alone or at night. If you are ever uncomfortable or uneasy concerning your safety, or you observe suspicious individuals or activities, you should always feel free to contact Public Safety, 24 hours a day, either in person or by telephone at 478-445-4400. You can also push one of the many emergency call buttons strategically located around campus. We hope you will never find that necessary, but that is why they are there.
Q: Where do I pay my parking ticket?
A: If you received a parking ticket from Georgia College, fines may be paid at the Business Office located in Parks Hall, first floor, online through the Online Parking Office in MyCats, or at the Parking & Transportation Services office located at West Campus. Payments may be made by cash, check, credit card, or Catcash.
If you received a ticket from Milledgeville Police Department, fines may be paid at the police department located at 125 W. McIntosh Street. For further information contact the municipal court at 478-414-4000.
Q: What is your jurisdiction?
A: Primary jurisdiction is all of Georgia College owned or leased property, while secondary jurisdiction is 500 yards around such property.
Q: How do I get a copy of an incident/accident report?
A: You may come by our office located at the Hall House, which is located at the corner of W. Montgomery and N. Liberty Streets, to obtain a copy of your report anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: What is the Student Judiciary Board?
A: The Board consist of five student members and two nonvoting faculty advisers who hold hearings for those students who are accused of being in violation of the Student Honor Code or Code of Conduct. For more information, please review the Student Handbook.
Q: My friend was arrested. Where do I pick them up? How long before they are able to bond out?
A: Most individuals arrested are transported to the Milledgeville Police Department located at 125 W. McIntosh Street. If the individual was arrested on an alcohol related offense, the minimum mandatory stay is four hours before they are eligible to bond out. Times may vary on a case by case basis depending on the offense. Other individuals may be transported to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center located off of Old Monticello Road at GA Hwy 22.
Q: Does your department offer a Ride-Along Program?
A: Yes! Open to Georgia College students who are interested in the law enforcement field may call to schedule a date to ride along with one of our officers. Available times may vary due to resources and day to day activity. Please bring the following form with you. The Waiver of Liability Form must be read and signed.
Q: How do I schedule a Crime Prevention program for my class or organization?
A: You may contact Support Services at 478-445-1520 to find out what programs are offered or to schedule a program for your class or organization.
301 W. Montgomery St.
Campus Box 093
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
Phone (emergency assistance): 478-445-4400
Phone (non-emergency): 478-445-4054