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Emergency Telephones

There are a total of thirteen Code Blue phones conveniently located on all major parking lots, near the Alumni Pavilion, and in center campus between the Library and the Student Center. There are also ten emergency telephones located at the entrances to our Residence Halls. These phones may be used to report crimes in progress, suspicious persons, medical emergencies, or concerns about your personal safety. You may contact Police Services from these phones and you can call 911. There are also eight courtesy phones at various locations inside buildings on campus from which you can dial 911 in an emergency. We remind you that calling 911 is for bona-fide emergencies.

First-aid

After-hours, weekends, or whenever Health Services is not available, Police Services will provide First-Aid for minor injuries. 

Automated External Defibrillator Units (AED’s)

There are four Automated External Defibrillator Units (AED’s) on Campus. They are located in the Beaver Community Center, the Police Services Office - Room 114 Luerssen Building, and in two of our police patrol vehicles. These units are for use by trained personnel on a person who is in cardiac arrest. All of our police officers are certified in CPR and in the use of the AED’s. Additionally, several members of the faculty, staff, and student body are certified in CPR and in the use of the AED’s. 

Vehicle Assistance

Vehicle Lockouts

If you accidentally lock your keys in your vehicle on campus, Police Services may be able to help you. We will attempt to unlock your vehicle if you sign a waiver of liability.

Jump and Carry Unit

If you have a dead battery, the “Jump and Carry Unit” (a portable 12 volt rechargeable battery starter) will allow you to “jump start” your vehicle. Just stop at the Police Services Office, Room114 - Luerssen Building, to borrow and sign out this unit. We ask you to return the unit immediately after use and it is not to leave campus.

The above services are offered free to students and visitors. Police Services will make every effort to resolve the situation, but they do not perform any other mechanical work. 

Please do not call 911 for non-emergency vehicle problems.

You may contact Police Services at 610-396-6111 or via pager by dialing 610-856-4822 and entering your call back number. 

Student Auxiliary Patrol / Escort Service

Student auxiliary employees will provide personal escort services to any member of the campus community, between on-campus parking areas and buildings. This service operates Monday thru Thursday from 7pm until 12am. To request an escort dial 610-396-6406. All student auxiliary employees are carefully screened and selected by University Police.  They all undergo interpersonal communication and sensitivity training. However, escorts are not bodyguards and are not required to have defensive training.

Lost and Found

The Police Services Department is the central repository for the campus “Lost & Found” program. Any found items should be turned in to the Police Office immediately. Persons who have lost property are encouraged to check with the Police Office for their belongings. (Call 610-396-6111 / Room 114 Luerssen Building.)

Operation Identification 

Operation ID is a program for marking and protecting property like TVs, computers, stereos, and other valuables. The Police Services Department has engravers available that students may borrow to mark their property. We recommend engraving your driver’s license number and state in a conspicuous place in order to prevent resale. For soft or porous objects use a contrasting permanent marking pen. For items that cannot be marked, place the object against a plain background and take several color photographs from different angles. Include a ruler in the photograph for scale. An itemized record of each item should include brand name, model number, serial number, estimated value, and color, etc.

Rape Agression Defense System (RADS)

A basic self-defense program for women only, is normally offered during each semester. Certified police instructors teach basic self-defense techniques. Participants in the course learn how to defend themselves and practice self-defense moves in a real life scenario.

Crime Prevention Programs

Throughout the year our Police Crime Prevention Officers present numerous educational programs to students. These programs typically address issues such as alcohol and drug awareness, theft prevention, and personal safety.

If you experience a problem that requires Police assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to make prompt reports.

Penn State Berks – Police Services Department
Luerssen Building – Room 114
P.O. Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610-6009
Phone:  610-396-6111
Pager:  610-856-4822