Public Safety Policies

Public Safety's Policy Manual outlines the governing rules and current policies for Bucknell's police. The content of this manual, updated regularly, is built upon Pennsylvania law enforcement best practices. This manual is intended to be compatible with state and federal law. Except where otherwise expressly stated, the provisions of this manual shall be considered as guidelines, and it is expected that members of the department will comply with the direction provided in the manual. It is recognized, however, that the law enforcement services we provide are so diverse and complex that no single document can anticipate and address every situation that our department may encounter. Also, on occasion, circumstances may arise which warrant departure from these guidelines.

Table of Contents


Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

Vision Statement

Chapter 1 - Law Enforcement Role and Authority

Law enforcement authority, oath of office, policy manual, mission statement

Chapter 2 - Organization and Administration

Organizational structure and responsibility, departmental directives, emergency operations plan, training, electronic mail, administrative communications, supervision staffing levels, retiree concealed firearms

Chapter 3 - General Operations

Officer-involved shootings and deaths, firearms, foot pursuits, officer response to calls, domestic violence, search and seizure, child abuse, adult abuse, discriminatory harassment, missing persons, victim and witness assistance, hate crimes, standards of conduct, information technology use, report preparation, media relations, subpoenas and court appearances, part-time officers/ casual officers, registered offender information, major incident notification, death investigation, limited English proficiency services, communications with persons with disabilities, Native American graves protection and repatriation, finance office bank run, defiant trespass notice

Chapter 4 - Patrol Operations

Patrol, bias-based policing, roll call, ride-alongs, hazardous material response, hostage and barricade incidents, response to bomb calls, crisis intervention incidents, involuntary commitments, citation and summons releases, foreign diplomatic and consular representatives, immigration violations, field training, contacts and temporary detentions, officer in charge, public recording of law enforcement activity, medical aid and response, First Amendment assemblies, civil disputes, daily activity report

Chapter 5 - Traffic Operations

Traffic, traffic accidents, vehicle towing, impaired driving, traffic and parking citations, disabled vehicles

Chapter 6 - Investigation Operations

Investigation and prosecution, sexual assault investigations, eyewitness identification

Chapter 7 - Equipment

Department-owned and personal property, vehicle maintenance, vehicle use, personal protective equipment, body-worn cameras

Chapter 8 - Support Services

The Communications Center, Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act

Chapter 10 - Personnel

Recruitment and selection; special assignments and promotions; anti-retaliation; reporting of arrests, convictions and court orders; drug- and alcohol-free workplace; personnel complaints; safety belts; commendations and awards; fitness for duty; lactation breaks; personal appearance standards; uniforms and civilian attire; badges, patches and identification; temporary modified-duty assignments; speech, expression and social networking