(24/7 Communications Dispatch Center)
"EMERGENCY" From Any On-Site Phone Dial "5511"
Emergency Off-Site Phone Dial (770) 274-5511
Non-Emergencies General Information Dial (770) 274-5500
The mission of the Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Department of Public Safety
To maintain social order within prescribed ethical and constitutional limits while providing professional services.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing a safe and secure educational environment for the entire Georgia Perimeter College community. We are a recognized Police Department within the State of Georgia and we are comprised of an Administrative Division and Field Services Division.
There are approximately 50 Sworn Police Officers, 40 Security Officers, and 10 Communication Officers within the Department of Public Safety. Departmental personnel are assigned to all five campuses of the College (Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody & Newton). All Patrol Division employees work under the direction of a Campus Police Lieutenant. The Public Safety Director is the overall administrator of the department and reports to the Executive Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs.
Authority & Jurisdiction:
Georgia Perimeter College Police Officers are certified as Peace Officers by the State of Georgia under the provisions of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (GA. POST) 35-8-2 (8) (A) "Peace Officer" and possess arrest powers under code section 17-4-1 within their jurisdiction under code section 20-3-72 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.GA). Jurisdiction for Georgia Perimeter College Police Officers extends to any and all property owned, leased or rented for College use. Authority is also extended outside of these properties by 500 yards.
All departmental personnel enforce college policy as well as parking regulations on campus. Georgia Perimeter College Police enforce state laws, county ordinances and conduct criminal and traffic investigations for all offenses occurring within the school's jurisdiction.
Georgia Perimeter College security officers have the same arrest powers as a citizen of Georgia, i.e., the power to make arrests for misdemeanors and felonies committed in the presence of an officer or within the officer's immediate knowledge. All personnel are trained to handle emergencies and will coordinate medical and fire services that are requested on all five campuses.