Public Safety Units
The Mission of the Communications Unit is to provide expedient and courteous service in a professional and proficient manner to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Communications Unit is responsible for receiving and relaying all relevant and related data of calls for service for Emergency and Non-Emergency incidents which occur within the jurisdiction of the Clark Atlanta University Police Department and other agencies having joint jurisdiction.
The Communications Unit maintains communication over emergency, non-emergency, administrative telephone lines and call boxes. The Communication Unit also monitors the University’s surveillance cameras system of which encompasses numerous cameras located throughout the campus. With a staff of six communications officers and one Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC), our communication's unit provides services twenty-four (24) hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In addition to the telephone system, the communications unit utilizes the Motorola transmitting system, a total recall digital voice recording unit and the Criminal Justice Information System Network to access GCIC/NCIC files. The TAC also serves as the communications supervisor for the department, and provides to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) with a monthly report of the statistical data of crimes and criminal activity on the Clark Atlanta University campus.
The Investigations Unit is commanded by the Deputy Chief and includes two (2) investigators. The Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating crimes, following up on reports initiated by the Patrol Unit for every criminal case reported to the Clark Atlanta University Police Department. Every complainant is contacted, regardless of how minor the offense may appear, to determine if any other pertinent information is available on the case and to ensure the complainant still wishes to file charges. Each reported criminal incident is assigned to an investigator. These assignments consist of working crime scenes, conducting interviews and processing charges. Also, to access areas on campus that may be experiencing an unusually high number of reported criminal activities, to target those areas for "special attention."
The Investigations Unit is also responsible for conducting background investigations on all potential applicants for the Clark Atlanta University Police Department.
The patrol function is the most visible asset of the Department of Public Safety. The principal duties of an officer while on patrol is to attempt to prevent violations of the law, enforce the policies, rules and regulations of the University, check for suspicious persons and render aid and assistance.
Police Officers perform services through foot patrol, vehicle and bike patrols twenty-four (24) hours per day. While on foot patrol, attention is primarily focused on common areas, the buildings and the activities around and in them. On vehicle patrol, this attention is redirected to the parking areas and campus properties on the perimeter of the campus and any activities around or in them. The bike patrol focuses its attention on the campus interior, parking areas, and the promenade. Officers of the Department of Public Safety enforce Georgia criminal and traffic laws while on patrol. Violations of those laws are cited with Uniform Traffic Citations which are processed by City Of Atlanta Municipal Court and the Fulton County Justice Center.
The Department of Public Safety shares the responsibility for the patrol of the city streets around Clark Atlanta University with the City of Atlanta Police Department.
The Training Unit is a unit of the Patrol Bureau and focuses its attention on the following three categories:
- Basic/Orientation Training
- In-Service Training
- Advanced Training