NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Penn State University Police and Public Safety has promoted James Lane to sergeant and named him station commander of University Police at Penn State New Kensington, effective June 1.
Lane has served University Police for two years, most recently as a patrol officer at Penn State New Kensington. Previously, he served as a police officer for 24 years with the City of McKeesport Police Department in Pennsylvania. Lane spent 16 of those years as a commissioned lieutenant.
“I look forward to serving the Penn State New Kensington community through this new leadership role,” Lane said.
Lane is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy.
Established in 1926 as Campus Patrol, today Penn State University Police and Public Safety is responsible for protecting and serving more than 100,000 Penn State students, faculty and staff members, plus visitors, at 22 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania.
In 2017, Penn State centralized University Police and Public Safety by combining campus-based police stations into one, cohesive police department under the direction of the assistant vice president for police and public safety.
University Police and Public Safety houses University Police, Behavioral Threat Management, Clery Compliance, Emergency Management, and Physical Security. University Police has several specialized units, including criminal investigations, K-9, bike patrol, bomb technicians, drone, dispatching services, community-oriented policing, and student auxiliary officers.