Mission/Jurisdiction/Crime Reporting

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department is to enhance the educational and life experience opportunities for the campus community through dedicated and professional service in a manner that respects and protects the rights of everyone. Police officers strive to provide a safe and secure environment by collaborating with other campus entities to emphasize preventive and problem solving policing. Department members serve the community with professionalism and enthusiasm.

Law Enforcement Authority & Jurisdiction

The Eastern Connecticut State University Police Department was established and operates under Section 10a-156b of the Connecticut General Statutes. The Eastern Police Department’s jurisdiction is primarily defined by the geographic limits of the property owned or controlled by the University and the immediate perimeter. The approximate campus perimeter is:

MAIN CAMPUS
NORTH bordering private properties in Willimantic on Lynwood Dr. and Ridgewood Rd.
EAST along High St. between Valley St. and Charter Oak Rd.
SOUTH bordering properties in Willimantic adjacent to Noble Hall
WEST along Windham St in Willimantic and Village Rd. and Eastern Rd. on the University Campus.
ATHLETIC COMPLEX
EAST along Mansfield City Rd.
NORTH, SOUTH AND WEST bordering private properties and State property in Mansfield.

The police department provides assistance to the neighboring local police department when necessary. Although there are no formal memoranda of understanding agreements at this time, University Police work in collaboration with area law enforcement agencies.

The department’s complement of sworn Police Officers are graduates of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council and the Connecticut Police Academy, and all receive in-service training to maintain state
certification. University Police have complete authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted through the Judicial Districts of Windham and Tolland counties. Police personnel work closely with local, state, and federal police agencies and are a part of the 911 Emergency System. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a student, the police may also refer the individual to the disciplinary Student Conduct Office, a division of Student Affairs.

Confidential Crime Reporting

A special confidential police hotline has been established at (860) 465-0242. Anyone can call the hotline and anonymously give information relating to an active investigation or information that may lead
to an investigation of unlawful activities on-campus. To report criminal activity anonymously online, go to “Anonymous Crime Reporting.” It is not necessary to identify yourself when either calling in or stopping by to report a crime. All information is kept strictly confidential.