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Public Safety

Ben West House, home of Public Safety

Department Overview

Public Safety’s mission and responsibility is to work in partnership with the Swarthmore College community to provide a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment. As described in our guiding principles, the department endeavors to foster an atmosphere in which officers provide a prompt, professional presence in order to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve, while justly enforcing the rules and regulations of the College and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Swarthmore's Public Safety Department operates 24/7/365 and is fully committed to providing a safe and healthy campus for the entire community.  Public Safety is the first contact and first responder for all campus emergencies.

In case of emergency, call x8333 or 610-328-8333 from off-campus

For general business, please dial x8281, or 610-328-8281

Public Safety

Public Safety is open 24/7 throughout the year and is located in the Benjamin West House, off Chester Road between College Avenue and the Swarthmore train station.

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Ask the Director

Do you have a question or concern for Public Safety?  Would you like to compliment us or have constructive criticism to share? I'm interested in what you have to say. Please reply to Director of Public Safety Mike Hill.


Public Safety Survey

Our Public Safety survey is sent to Swarthmore community members who have interacted with our officers and/or department.  You may also complete the survey here to provide us with feedback. 


Community Resource Officer


Community Resource Officer Program

The Community Resource Officer program matches individual Public Safety Officers to each residence hall, academic and administrative building. Periodic meetings with community members are held to address fire, safety, and crime prevention issues.  

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SwatSafe Mobile App

SwatSafe is Swarthmore's centralized, direct way to contact Public Safety in an emergency, access safety resources, provide safety and emergency updates, and much more. SwatSafe is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play — just search SwatSafe to get started!

TransLoc Rider Mobile App

TransLoc Rider is a mobile application that provides real time tracking of campus shuttles. View arrival times, set customized alerts, and receive important announcements. 

Download the app