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University Police

If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 OR (304) 367-4357 (HELP).

If you have a non-emergency need, please call 304-367-4157 (M-F 8 a.m - 4 p.m.).

To schedule a safety escort, car unlock, or car jumpstart, please call 304-367-4357 (24 hours a day).


The Department of Public Safety was created to maintain law and order on the campus of Fairmont State University by working to prevent crime and apprehending violators when crimes do occur. The Fairmont State University Police Department serves a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on the philosophy of community-oriented policing. In addition to Law Enforcement and Parking control, the department is also responsible for Emergency Management preparedness efforts and is tasked with the University’s Emergency Operations Plan that would be activated should a natural or man-made incident strike the campus. Coordination of the institutions’ Clery program is also provided by the Public Safety Department.

Enforcement & Staff

The Fairmont State University Police Department provides law enforcement and a variety of community and benevolent services. The department is staffed with full-time sworn and non-sworn officers. All sworn police personnel are certified by the State of West Virginia as law enforcement officers and exercise full arrest powers. Graduation from the West Virginia State Police Academy or equivalent recruit training are required as well as the completion of annual in-service training to maintain certification and competencies.

Mutual Aid

The campus is within the city limits of Fairmont, which allows the Fairmont State University Police Department to work closely with the City of Fairmont Police Department through a Mutual Aid agreement that enables both departments to work together in one another's jurisdictions upon request. The Fairmont and Campus Police Departments are also involved in a Federal Grant funded program called “Project Safe Neighborhood” that consists of joint patrols through the City and Campus to deter crime.


The Department of Public Safety also provides various other services to the campus community including:

  • Unlocking and jump-starting vehicles
  •  Security escorts
  •  Traffic enforcement;
  •  Locking and unlocking of buildings;
  •  Event security
  •  Security patrols throughout the campus.


Programs and Projects

The Department of Public Safety employs communications operators for the daily maintenance of the office. These employees are also responsible for processing parking tickets, taking payments, processing appeals, and distributing parking decals. 

All of the employees of the Department of Public Safety are professional and highly motivated individuals dedicated to promoting a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for our students, employees, and visitors.


The Mission of the Department of Public Safety is to protect, serve, and create a secure, safe, and academically sound learning environment free of crime and disorder for the students, faculty, and staff of Fairmont State University. We will provide high-quality, community-based police, security, and parking services while creating and maintaining the level of emergency preparedness necessary to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. The department serves with integrity, discretion, and expediency in a fair, proper, and thorough manner. Our greatest asset is our personnel; our greatest strength is our partnership with the campus community.