Contact Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety’s office is located on the 1st floor of the Walnut House
847 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Call ext. “HELP” (4357) on the campus telephone system or 859.236.4357 from all other telephones.
For confirmed emergency situations that require the immediate assistance of police, fire, or EMS, the Danville Public Safety Department can be reached by calling 9-911.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) locations
Quick access to defibrillation is the number one factor for survival in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. There are several Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) owned by the College in permanent and moving locations. Below, you can see their locations:
•Campus Center Information Desk
•Norton Center Box Office
•Parsons Student Health Center
•Public Safety Office
•Sutcliffe – 1st Floor
•Sutcliffe Training Room
Public Safety Information:
It is the mission of the Department of Public Safety to make every effort to provide a safe and secure environment for each student, employee, and guest of Centre College. We will strive to treat all persons equally with courtesy, consideration, and dignity.
Meet the Staff
The department maintains a staff of two Directors and seven full-time Public Safety Officers. The Officers monitor the campus, respond to calls for assistance, and are trained in fire safety. There is at least one officer on duty at all times. Click here for staff information.
Our Role on Campus
It is the department’s responsibility to make every reasonable effort to provide a safe living and learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. Their efforts are not limited to criminal activities but will respond to any matter involving the personal safety of someone in the Centre College community. In addition, the department ensures that the college is in compliance with safety and security related federal, state, and local laws.
Public Safety personnel do not have arrest powers. Their authority is established and defined by the administrative officers of the College. The department also performs an academic service and support role since observance of policies, rules, and regulations is part of an overall educational experience.
Communication is the key to ensuring the safety of students, faculty, and staff during an emergency. This involves effectively providing information to you as well as monitoring developing events in a rapidly changing environment. Click here for complete Emergency Communications Information. (PDF)
What is an emergency? Emergencies are not always major disasters; sometimes they are as small as catching the flu. Any event, big or small, that puts the functionality of the Centre College community in jeopardy is considered an emergency. Examples include any occasion that could:
1) Seriously stall or impair the College’s ability to function in the short or long term;
2) Result in mass casualties, serious injury or extensive property damage;
3) Significantly impact the College community
Centre College’s Department of Public Safety has many resources to keep you informed and up-to-date on emergency situations. These resources work best when you know how to use them. Becoming familiar with Centre’s emergency procedures is a great way to start preparing.
Centre’s emergency management procedures are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This involves refining processes designed to deal with various types of emergencies, monitoring developing events and issues, and providing appropriate information in a rapidly changing environment. Click here for complete Emergency Preparedness Information. (PDF)
Familiarizing yourself with the Centre College Emergency Procedures is one of the most important ways you can be prepared for an emergency. Click here for complete Emergency Procedure Information. (PDF)
Centre College and local services will always do everything possible to protect you during an emergency, but individual preparedness is also extremely important. Taking the time to prepare yourself, and those you care about, for an emergency can make a big difference, allowing you to be well supplied and in touch when the worst happens. The Department of Public Safety has put together a guide where you can find basic information about being prepared.
Getting a kit, making a plan, and being informed will put you in control during an emergency and will help reduce your reliance on others. The task to be informed and prepared is ongoing, simply seek out information about your risks and what you can do to prepare, and monitor what is happening in your area before, during, and after an emergency. Be familiar with resources accessible to you. Click here for complete Individual Preparedness Information. (PDF)
Jeanne Clery and Michael Minger Acts
Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly known as the Campus Security Act) was signed into law in November 1990 and amended in 1998. It requires that all institutions of higher education report annually to students and employees on specific campus crime statistics and security policies and procedures. Campuses must also issue timely warnings to the campus community concerning serious crimes on campus and must file their crime statistics electronically with the Department of Education on an annual basis. It also requires that institutions maintain a daily campus crime log, which must be available for daily inspection. This publication meets the requirements of that law and demonstrates compliance with the Federal and Drug Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989 to the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Michael Minger Act
This Kentucky state legislation was passed in response to the death of Michael Minger, a Murray State student who died in his college dorm room as a result of arson. The legislation is designed to provide greater security for students attending postsecondary educations institutions in the Commonwealth. It mirrors the Clery Act in many ways with a few exceptions. One of the differences of this regulation is that the crime log must be available on computer networks. The Minger Act also clarifies issues with the jurisdiction of the state fire marshal and requires campus officials to notify the state fire marshal of any fire or threat of fire on campus. This includes all fire alarm activations. Information concerning either of these laws can be obtained by contacting the Department of Public Safety.
Parking and Vehicle Regulations
Vehicle Registration: All motorized vehicles must be registered when they are brought to campus. Owners will be issued a decal indicating the lot(s) in which they are authorized to park. An annual $50 registration fee will be assessed to the student’s bill. Temporary decals may be purchased at the Department of Public Safety for $2 per week. For those students who do not live in Centre College residences, a commuter decal must be purchased for $10. Visitor permits are free of charge and may be obtained at the Public Safety Annex. Parking on the streets surrounding the campus does not exempt students or faculty/staff from registration and the acquisition of a decal.
Online Vehicle Registration: Students, faculty and staff can now register their vehicles online. Visit CentreNet to begin. Login with your user name and password, click on the appropriate tab (ex: Student tab, Staff tab, or Faculty tab). Then click on the Vehicle Registration link.
Click here for complete Parking and Vehicle Regulations. (PDF)
Run, Hide, Fight
A hostile intruder situation can change rapidly. In addition to being aware of your surroundings and escape routes, thinking about how you will react to a hostile intruder situation in advance will help you act quickly and efficiently.
WHAT IF Thinking: Thinking through scenarios in your head can help you respond faster. Take time to understand your surroundings and environment, and then make a plan. During an active shooter or hostile intruder event, there are three choices an individual can make: Run. Hide. Fight. This video, developed by the City of Houston, describes life saving reactions to an active shooter.
Run. If possible, run to an exit and get to a safe location – this is your first option. If a safe exit is available, take it immediately and encourage others to come with you, but do not let them slow you down.
Hide. If a safe escape is not possible, hide until help arrives or safe exit is available. Close, lock, and barricade doors and windows, turn off lights, hide behind something thick, and silence cell phones. Your goal is not only to stay out of sight, but to prevent the shooter from reaching you. Barricades also distract the shooter, allowing more time for you and responders. Do not answer the door or respond to voice commands until you are sure they are coming from police or other legitimate responders.
Fight. As a last resort, and only is your life is in danger, you may choose to fight. Be aggressive, use improvised weapons (fire extinguishers, scissors, hot coffee, glass items, or anything else available), and commit to your actions. Fight as a group if possible. This action also distracts the shooter and allows time and opportunity for police to act.