Darton State College Department of Public Safety | Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Are you the "real police?"
Yes. Darton State College Police Officers are sworn law enforcement officers with full police authority and duties. Officers receive their law enforcement authority through the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Code Sections 20-8-2.
The boundaries of Darton State College are just like the boundaries of your city. Within these boundaries, Darton State College Department of Public Safety is the law enforcement agency of record. Sworn officers make arrests, cite traffic violations, take criminal reports and conduct criminal and accident investigations.
Officers must complete Basic Law Enforcement Training, through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy, and be sworn-in by a Judge from the Dougherty County Probate, Magistrate, State or Superior Court. They are then required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of annual training to maintain their peace officer certification. They are vested with the same authority as the members of your local police department.
- 2. Why can’t I ever find a place to park?
At any given time of the day legal parking is available on campus. Although parking may not be as close to your destination as you might like, it is available. It takes a reasonably healthy person no more than 10 minutes to walk from the parking lots to any Academic or Administrative building.
- 3. What do I do if I lock my keys in my car?
In most cases an officer can assist in entering a locked car. Proper identification and signing a waiver is all that is needed. Contact Darton Public Safety at 317-6316 or 344-2029.
- 4. If I know someone is selling/using drugs, or is involved in other criminal activity, but I don't want to get involved, how can I tell the Darton Police?
Community involvement is very important in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment. Whether you come to the Department of Public Safety Office in person, call 317-6316, or use e-mail. The information you have may be very important in reducing crime on campus.
If you are still concerned about remaining anonymous, you may use the electronic form provided on the Silent Witness page of this web site. This form requires no return address, thereby assuring your anonymity.