The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a safe environment at the college with a professionally trained campus police and security department.
The LECOM Campus Police and Security Department is located inside the north entrance of the complex. The office is responsible for the provision of law enforcement and security on campus. The office is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The department will insure that the community and facilities of the college remain secure through professional, proactive, quality prevention, suppression and investigation of criminal activity and unsafe physical, operational and environmental conditions on the campus and properties under the control of the college.
Security Force Composition
A director of Police and Security who reports directly to the president, and the provost and vice president and dean of Academic Affairs heads the LECOM Department of Police and Security. In addition, the force consists of the following: LECOM Erie — campus police officers and LECOM campus security officers; LECOM Bradenton — LECOM Security Officers, licensed by the state of Florida and contracted private security guards.
The LECOM Department of Police and Security personnel has in its possession two levels of authority to perform their functions.
Private Police Officers
LECOM campus police officers possesses full policing powers under the provisions of Title 22 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes § 501. This statute authorizes non-profit corporations such as LECOM to request the Court of Common Pleas to appoint private police officers for the institution. Those officers appointed by the court have the power to arrest in the same manner and with the same authority and may exercise all other powers in the same manner and authority as any police officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
LECOM Security Officers are not police officers. They perform the duties of security officers. They are empowered by the college to enforce polices established by the institution. In addition, they staff the Security Office, monitor the CCTV surveillance system, patrol the campus and assist police officers in the performance of their duties.
The Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission has initially certified all LECOM police officers. In addition, many of the police officers selected by LECOM are retired from local law enforcement agencies with many years of experience. They receive annual re-certification updates and attend necessary in-service training and seminars to maintain current state-of-the-art knowledge and experience.
Security officers are selected for their ability to perform their duties in the most proficient and professional manner possible. These officers, once hired, receive instruction in the performance of their duties to include the exercise of authority, liability issues, patrol techniques, report writing, investigations, college policy and procedure, and fire and evacuation emergencies.
LECOM Police and Security Weapons Policy
LECOM police officers may carry firearms and less lethal weapons while on duty for the protection of the LECOM community. All LECOM police officers have been certified in the use of such weapons in accordance with the provisions of Title 22, Pennsylvania Statutes § 41et seq., and the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC/Act 120) Provisions. LECOM Police Officers are also required to successfully qualify with service weapons annually.
LECOM security officers do not carry firearms or less lethal weapons in the course of their duties.
Relationship with Local/State/Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA Liaison)
The LECOM Department of Police and Security has a close working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Erie Bureau of Police maintains primary jurisdiction on the LECOM facilities in the city of Erie for all serious criminal investigations. The Millcreek Township Police maintains primary jurisdiction on the LECOM facilities in Millcreek for all serious criminal investigations. Department LECOM police conduct investigations on those criminal incidents not investigated by the Erie Police/Millcreek Township Police.