General Questions

  • A: Police Officers at Kennesaw State University are certified through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as Peace Officers  and They have the same law enforcement powers, including the power of arrest,  that any state, county, or city law enforcement has. 

  • A: KSU Police Officers have jurisdiction over any property owned or controlled by the Board of Regents and 500 yards beyond.  (OCGA 20-8-1)

  • A: Uniform Traffic Citations will be processed through the Cobb County Courts System. Please review the back of your Citation or call 770-528-2660.

    You can also visit https://www.cobbcounty.org/courts/state-court

  • A: The Department of Public Safety consist of the Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Divisions, Special Operations Division, Administrative Operations Division, Office of Public Safety Systems, Administrative Services, the Office of Victim Services, and the Office of Emergency Management
  • A: Kennesaw State University Police can be reached at 470-578-6666 or 770-423-6666. If you are calling from a campus VoIP phone, you can dial 6666. We are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The police department never closes.

    Calling 911 from a mobile phone will connect you with Cobb County 911 instead of KSU PD dispatch; which could delay response time!

  • A: The Kennesaw State University Police Department has two precincts and a Police Administrative and Special Operations Building:

    • On the Kennesaw Campus the KSU Police Precinct is located at 351 Paulding Avenue Kennesaw, GA 30144 Building #351
    • On the Marietta Campus the KSU Police Precinct is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 Norton Residence Hall Ground Floor (Building R2)
    • The KSU Police Administrative and Special Operations Building is located at 624 Big Shanty Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 (across from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta).
  • A: Please Visit https://taloncard.kennesaw.edu/faq.php

    If you wish to meet with an Officer to file a report, please call us at 470-578-6206 and select option 2.

  • A: Please visit https://kennesaw.hiretouch.com/

    Click on “view KSU Jobs” and you can scroll through the posted positions to see if our agency is currently hiring and for what positions we are hiring for.

  • A: 109 total employees (of this, 64 are sworn police officers).

    The largest division is Uniform Patrol, which has 44 sworn police officers.

  • A: No, the KSU Police department doesn’t maintain a jail.

    All persons arrested by the KSU Police Department are transported and booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center (ADC) located at 1825 County Services Parkway, SW. Marietta, GA. 3008. The ADC can be reached at 770-499-4221.

  • A: Depending on the reason for the transport, they are generally taken to one of two facilities. They are:

    • WellStar Kennestone Hospital 677 Church Street, NE. Marietta, GA. 30060. They can be reached at 770-793-5000
    • WellStar Cobb Hospital 3950 Austell Road, SW. Austell, GA. 30106. They can be reached at 470-732-4000.
  • A: Yes.

    • There are numerous KSU Police Officers trained to operate speed detection equipment.
    • The KSU Police Department is permitted through the state to operate this speed detection equipment on numerous roads within our jurisdiction.
  • A: The KSU Police Department is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our campus community. Safety escorts can be provided 24/7 to anyone requesting one.
  • A: The KSU Police Department provides jump starts, directions on how to change a tire and will provide an escort to the gas station if your vehicle should run out of fuel while on campus.
  • A: According to the security experts at ASecureLife.com Kennesaw State University has been named the 14th "most secure campus" in the United States. Answers to any police related stats can be found in the annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
  • A: High quality and printable maps for both campuses can be located at www.Kennesaw.edu/mobile
  • A: All media inquires should be referred to Media Relations Department.
  • A: Yes, contact the KSU Housing Office for any questions regarding student housing. https://ksuhousing.kennesaw.edu/index.php
  • A: KSU Student Life has a central Lost & Found for each campus. If something is turned into KSU PD outside of regular business hours, we will typically send it to Student Life Lost & Found the next time they’re open. More info here: https://studentlife.kennesaw.edu/lost-and-found.php

    High value items (jewelry, identity documents, money, etc.) will be stored at KSU PD. You can reach us at 470-578-2756 to see if the PD has your item.

  • A: Yes, you are. You don’t have to pick up money on the ground or a cell phone left on a table, but if you do pick it up and don’t turn it in so the owner has a chance of recovering it,  you are in violation of O.C.G.A §16-8-6 “Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property”.
  • A: Yes. Keep contact information in your student account current and check your KSU email.
  • A: Property held for safekeeping will be returned to you by appointment and requires photo ID. Call 470-578-2756 to set up a date and time.
  • A: Your court case must be completed. You must provide a copy of the court’s final disposition. Your property will be returned to you by appointment and requires photo ID. Call 470-578-2756 to set up a date and time.  Any contraband, illegal drugs, illegal weapons, etc. will not be returned.
  • A: If someone else is picking up your property, a signed and notarized letter giving permission for that person to receive your property will be required. Appointment and photo ID required. Call 470-578-2756 to set up a date and time.
  • A: If you need to file a police report, here are the options for contacting the Department for assistance:

    Telephone. If you are on campus, dial extension 6666. If you are off campus or cell phone, call 470-578-6666.

    In Person (Kennesaw Campus): The Department of Public Safety and University Police on the Kennesaw Campus is located in the Public Safety Building at 351 Paulding Avenue, building 351 on the campus map, near the West Parking Deck.

    In Person (Marietta Campus): The Department of Public Safety and University Police on the Marietta Campus is located at 920 Hornet Loop in Norton Hall, building R2 on the campus map.

    You can text KSU Police at 770-356-3866 if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, or if a voice call might otherwise be dangerous or impossible.

    You can use the LiveSafe app and report suspicious activity or report a crime.

  • A: Incident reports, to include arrests or citations, as well as accident reports, can be provided upon request. You can obtain these reports in person by visiting the Department of Public Safety and Police located at 624 Big Shanty Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144. You may also request these reports via email. Send an email to hpackar2@kennesaw.edu including your name, case number (if you have this), and your date of birth.

    Please note that requests may take up to three business days to process. If you have any problems or have further questions, please contact our Records Department at 470-578-6396.

  • A: The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is made up of a Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, two Detectives and an Intelligence Analyst. After an officer makes a report of criminal activity (misdemeanor and/or felony cases) that may require further investigation, it is assigned to a member of the Criminal Investigations Division for follow-up. 
  • A: Detectives typically make contact with complainants within 3 to 5 business days. If you have not heard from a Detective in 3-5 business days you are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 470-578-2043.  Try to have your case number handy when you call CID.
  • A: To find out if someone has been arrested by KSU Police, you must contact the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center at 770-499-4600 or by visiting their website at http://www.cobbsheriff.org/cobb-county-jail/.
  • A: Not all reports get investigated. CID reviews all reports made to determine the seriousness of the report filed and the solvability factors of a crime before deciding if it should be assigned for a follow-up investigation.
  • A: Kennesaw State University Public Safety will provide safety escorts. You may request an escort when you are in need of a safety escort. You can also use the SafeWalk feature on our LiveSafe app to ask a friend to watch you “walk” to your destination.
  • A: The Community Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement (C.O.R.E.) Unit provides education and information to any student group, faculty or staff who submits a request. These sessions may be in the form of a presentation, tabling event, or orientation event. The C.O.R.E. Unit is open to discussing any other idea for community outreach that you have in mind for your group.
  • A: Requests for presentation can be made by emailing police@kennesaw.edu
  • A: Persons arrested will be taken to Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Cobb County ADC is located at 1825 County Services Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30008
  • A: Yes. The Kennesaw State University campus is safe. However, this does not mean that crime does not occur here. Making wise decisions and using common sense greatly reduces the chances of becoming a victim of crime. Using moderation when consuming alcohol, securing/locking your valuables, and being aware of your surroundings are some simple ways to greatly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. The Kennesaw State University Police Department also conducts R.A.D. classes which bases its foundations in education and awareness. For more information email RADClasses@Kennesaw.edu
  • A: Call the police and report it.  You can also Download the LiveSafe app by following the directions at livesafe.kennesaw.edu.  Any suspicious or concerning issues can be reported via the app. It is a secure, two-way risk reporting and communication tool at the touch of your fingertips.
  • A: We have a CORE (Community Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement) unit who collaborates with various departments on campus to help educate our students on crime prevention, LGBTIQ issues, homelessness awareness, and food insecurity. We work closely with the international student population as well as our special needs students, residence life and the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs committee. Our department offers Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) to our students. This is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The course teaches men and women awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training in courses developed specifically for each. Please visit: https://police.kennesaw.edu/services/
  • A: “Campus Carry”

    The University System of Georgia has issued guidelines on the new House Bill 280, commonly referred to as the "campus carry" law, which are available here: http://www.usg.edu/news/release/guidelines_for_the_implementation_of_house_bill_280

    Under the new law, and with a few exceptions, properly licensed individuals may carry concealed handguns in public university classes if they are conducted in buildings and facilities not otherwise exempt from the new law. Licensed carriers may not carry handguns to classes in which high school students are enrolled. It is a misdemeanor for a licensed carrier to possess a weapon in an area that is exempt under the new law, and it will be the responsibility of those license-holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and understand where they can go on campus while carrying.

    It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to USG Guidelines for the implementation of House Bill 280. Failure to abide by the law may also be a violation of the University's student code of conduct.

     

    • Electroshock Weapons 

    House bill 792 was signed by Governor Deal on May 3, 2016, which added the following paragraph to O.C.G.A §16-11-127.1, permitting possession of certain electroshock devices:

     “(19) Any person who is 18 years of age or older or currently enrolled in classes on the campus in question and carrying, possessing, or having under such person’s control an electroshock weapon while in or on any building or real property owned by or leased to such public technical school, vocational school, college or university or other public institution of postsecondary education; provided, however, that, if such person makes use of such electroshock weapon, such use shall  be in defense of self or others. The exemption under this paragraph shall apply only to such person in regard to such electroshock weapon. As used in this paragraph, the term ‘electroshock weapon’ means any commercially available device that is powered by electrical charging units and designed exclusively to be capable of incapacitating a person by electrical charge, including, but not limited to, a stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code 26 Section § 16-11-106.”

     

    • Pepper/OC Spray

    Pepper/OC spray is not regulated under Georgia law and is allowed on campus.

  • A: The Office of Victim Services (OVS) has trained Victim Advocates who can provide confidential advocacy support and go over options with you. To speak with a Victim Advocate, please call 470-578-4257 or visit the website ovs.kennesaw.edu
  • A: A TPO is a legal document issued by the court to help victims obtain protection from persons abusing or stalking them. You must file the TPO in the county where the Respondent/Abuser resides. For more information on TPOs, please contact the Victim Advocates at 470-578-4257 or visit the website ovs.kennesaw.edu.
  • A: The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program is a reimbursement program that offers financial assistance to victims of violent crimes. It can cover medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and crime scene clean-up. Victim advocates are available to assist with the applications.
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