CSS is not a sworn police force; it has no authority to arrest. We maintain working relationships with police and fire departments of Amherst and Hadley, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern District Attorney's office for matters beyond the scope of community policing.
Campus Safety officers are trained professionals. Each officer is certified yearly in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and First Responder, is trained in sexual assault and trauma response, accessibility services and intervention/response to witnessed or reported incidents of bias and hate.
The department is committed to hiring and promoting talented officers and professional staff, employing the highest standards of accountability, performance, and progressive policing strategies, while 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 injustice, 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.
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.