6.15 Campus Security and Police
It is essential to maintain the safety and security of the campus environment. Each University System of Georgia (USG) institution has the responsibility to employ security and police policies, standards, and practices to minimize the risk of disruption to the campus community.
6.15.1 Institution Police Departments
Each USG institution shall establish and maintain a department responsible for providing patrol, investigative, communication, administrative, and campus community outreach services, and shall designate an individual to serve as the director of public safety or Chief of Police. The director or Chief of Police will be assigned the management responsibility and authority for conducting and coordinating security and police services. The institution’s director of public safety or Chief of Police shall consult with the USG Chief of Police on major organizational policies and procedures.
6.15.2 USG Chief of Police
The USG Chief of Police shall serve as a liaison to the Board of Regents on security and police service matters. The USG Chief shall maintain guidelines that all USG institutions should consider in the development and implementation of security and police services.
6.15.3 Chief of Police Certification Requirements
Each USG institution director of public safety or Chief of Police shall be certified in accordance with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) rules and regulations. Prior to employment, candidates for director or Chief of Police positions must meet the requirements for entry into the state mandated police academy and be eligible to obtain POST certification within 12 months of employment. Any changes in the individual’s name, title, certification status, and contact information shall be provided to the USG Chief of Police.
6.15.4 Chief of Police Reporting Requirements
Each USG institution director of public safety or Chief of Police shall have a direct reporting relationship to a vice president or more senior administrator of that institution. The President of each institution will determine the reporting relationship.
6.15.5 Personnel Actions: Chief of Police
The vice president or President of each USG institution shall consult with the USG Chief of Police on significant personnel actions involving the institution director of public safety or Chief of Police, including appointment, qualifications for the position, and termination.
6.15.6 Notification Requirements
Each USG institution shall notify the USG Chief of Police or his or her designee upon receipt of any reports of significant crimes or threats reported to or known by the institution and of any potential or actual events that may disrupt the operations of the campus community.
6.15.7 Police Department Assessment Program
The USG Chief of Police is responsible for the administration of a recurring program to assess USG departments responsible for providing security and police services.
126.96.36.199 Retention of Weapon and Badge: Retiring Police Officer
A USG law enforcement officer may request permission to retain their department weapon and receive a department badge denoting service when they have served under honorable conditions as defined by OCGA 35-1-20, and, are either receiving state employee retirement system benefits, or leaving employment as a result of a line of duty disability from service to the University System of Georgia. Requests will be submitted to the USG institution police chief for review and approval upon verification the employee has met the required conditions. Police chiefs meeting the criteria may submit a request to the USG Police Chief.