The Hampshire College department of campus safety and security provides services and protection to all members of the College community, including its visitors and guests.
The office of campus safety and security is located on the ground floor of the Harold F. Johnson Library Center.
Our mission is to work in partnership with all the members of our community to foster a relationship of trust and cooperation in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment that is consistent with the values and goals of our communities. The department supports the learning and work of the community by protecting life and property and providing services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The department is committed to community policing, an organizational culture that respects and protects the civil rights of all individuals, and adherence to the principles of accountability and transparency.
Officers answer dispatch calls from anyone dialing 413.559.5424 from a cell phone, x5555 or x5424 from a campus line.
The department maintains working relationships with the College and the Amherst and Hadley police departments, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern District Attorney's office.
The department's officers are trained professionals. Each officer is certified yearly in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and First Responder. Each also attends a training session on civil rights and diversity, and several officers have been certified by the state as sexual assault investigators.
The department of campus safety and security is responsible for protecting people and property on the Hampshire College campus. The department should be alerted to any situation that threatens a safe academic and social environment.
The new campus safety and security department was created after a yearlong assessment of the security needs of our campus and instituted on January 1, 2019. The new department practices a model commonly known as community policing, aka community-oriented policing, a strategy that focuses on fostering personal relationships and working closely with everyone on campus as partners in safety and security.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the department delivers these essential services to students, staff, faculty, and visitors:
CSS is not a sworn police force, so does not have the power to arrest, and instead utilizes the Amherst and Hadley Police Departments when necessary for serious infractions.
The department is committed to hiring and promoting talented officers and professional staff, employing the highest standards of accountability, performance, progressive policing strategies, and reflecting the institutional values of Hampshire College.
The department strives to adhere to the highest standards and reflect the diversity of its community members. The members of our communities and the officers and professional staff of campus safety and security are united in their commitment to address crime, social justice, and quality of life issues by engaging one another in problem-solving partnerships.
Campus policing strategies and programs are driven by accurate, timely, and reliable information and sustained through the department’s engagement of all of our colleges’ diverse populations and organizations.
The department seeks to make its policies and operations as transparent as possible. When there are complaints involving the campus safety, the community members and the officers are best served by a system of accountability that is expeditious and fair to all involved.