Safety & Security

Safety & Security

Public Safety Manager, Wesley Sheets poses with the Penn State New Kensington lion mascot at the entrance to the Athletic Center

Public Safety Manager, Wesley Sheets poses with the Penn State New Kensington lion mascot

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Welcome Message

On behalf of the Penn State University New Kensington Department of Police Services, I would like to welcome you to our website. Whether you need to gather information before your arrival or check out current activities once you’re here, we want this site to be of value to you. I hope you will all take the time to familiarize yourself with the information listed within this site.

Our department is committed to the philosophy of community service and policing and strives to maintain positive campus partnerships in order to enhance the overall experiences of all our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. When you need assistance of any kind, I will make certain you receive the same level of service you would expect from any other professional law enforcement agency.

Your safety is our number one priority! Our staff prides itself on doing all it can to ensure your time on campus remains safe and enjoyable. However, in order to make our campus as safe as possible, I would like to invite every member of our community to do their part by protecting themselves, each other and their property. Let’s work together to continue to ensure Penn State University New Kensington is a safe place to live, learn, and work!

Wesley R. Sheets
Public Safety Manager
PSNK Department of Police Services

About Our Department

Penn State University New Kensington maintains a Department of Police Services which provides safety and security services throughout our entire campus. Our department consists of a Public Safety Manager who is a sworn Police Officer certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania along with several Security Officers.

Our Public Safety Manager maintains the same authority as municipal police officers within the commonwealth requiring the same basic police training, first-aid training, and annual in service training which is required for all sworn police officers in the commonwealth.

The Police Services Department also consists of Security Officers who provide community oriented patrols of campus, ensuring Penn State New Kensington students, faculty, staff and guests remain safe and secure at all times.

It is the primary goal of the Penn State New Kensington Police Services Department to provide protection of both people and property while maintaining a community oriented department capable of protecting and serving our campus.

Our Values

Honesty

University Police employees are, first and foremost, honest and truthful. We do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive, or act deviously. We avoid unnecessary secrecy or the concealment of information. Our credibility with the public comes from always being truthful.

Integrity

University Police employees possess the highest degree of integrity. We are principled, honorable, and morally sound. We are courageous and act upon our convictions. We will fight for our beliefs and will not adopt an "end-justifies-the-means" philosophy that ignores principle. We will not be expedient at the expense of principle, or be two-faced, or unscrupulous.

Fidelity

University Police employees demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to our department, the University, our profession, and our fellow employees. Devotion to duty is paramount in our lives. We do not use or disclose information learned in confidence for personal or political advantage. We safeguard the ability to make independent professional judgments by scrupulously avoiding improper influences and conflicts of interest.

Fairness

University Police employees are committed to justice, the equal treatment of individuals, tolerance for and acceptance of diversity, and open-mindedness. We are willing to admit when we are wrong and take appropriate actions to change our positions and beliefs.

Caring

University Police employees show concern for the well being of others. This caring manifests itself in compassion, giving, kindness, and service. Caring requires us to make every legal attempt to help those in need and avoid harming others. Respect – University Police employees respect human dignity, privacy, and the right to self-determination. We are courteous and decent. We provide others with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own lives.

Excellence

University Police employees are committed to quality work and the pursuit of excellence. We are diligent, reliable, and industrious. We endeavor to be role models of responsibility, accountability, and trustworthiness for the members of the community through our words and actions. We strive to be well informed and are prepared to exercise public authority.

Citizenship

University Police employees believe in democracy. Responsible citizenship is seen as an ethical obligation; it involves abiding by laws and rules of society, participating in democratic processes, being social conscious, and engaging in public service. We have the additional responsibility to encourage the participation of others and a special obligation to respect and honor the democratic process of decision-making.

Accountability

University Police employees accept responsibility for their decisions and for the foreseeable consequences of our actions and inaction, as well as setting an example for others. In addition, we take whatever legal and ethical actions are necessary to correct or prevent inappropriate conduct of others.

Public Trust

University Police employees represent our chosen profession and the University, 24 hours a day, throughout our careers with The Pennsylvania State University. Because of the unique importance of credibility and public trust, police employees must be beyond reproach, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Hard Work

University Police employees adhere to a strong work ethic. We believe that our employer is entitled to the full measure of our time and talents when on the job.