Campus Law Enforcement Policy

The Emory Police Department functions as a full-service police agency with the same law enforcement powers, including the power of arrest, as a law enforcement agency of the local government. Police officers have jurisdiction to exercise law enforcement authority:

  • On property owned/operated by Emory University,
  • On any public/private property within 500 yards (excluding Oxford College EPD division), and
  • On one-quarter mile of any public street or sidewalk connecting different buildings and campuses (excluding Oxford College EPD division).
  • The Emory Police Department provides complete law enforcement services for the Emory campus, Oxford campus, and Emory Midtown Campus.
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Additional security services are provided as described for the following locations:

  • The Emory Midtown Campus employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the Emory Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Carter Center Campus employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the Atlanta Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory University Grady Area Campus contracts with security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the Atlanta Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory Johns Creek Hospital Campus employs in-house security personnel and contracts with security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the City of Johns Creek Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Campus employs in-house security personnel and contracts with security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the City of Sandy Springs Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory Decatur Hospital Campus employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the DeKalb County Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory Hillandale Hospital Campus employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the DeKalb County Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Emory LTAC Hospital Campus employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the City of Decatur Police Department for law enforcement services.
  • The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University employs in-house security personnel to provide on-site security services and utilizes the Emory Police Department for law enforcement services.

Security personnel at each campus are not law enforcement personnel and have only that enforcement/detention authority granted by Georgia state law (O.C.G.A. 17-4-80).  Security Officers may detain an individual if such Security Officer is:

  • A licensee or registrant under O.C.G.A. Chapter 38 of Title 43 (OPERATORS OF PRIVATE DETECTIVE BUSINESSES AND PRIVATE SECURITY BUSINESSES) when needed in the performance of his or her business conducted in conformance with such chapter.

Or

  • Not licensed under O.C.G.A. Chapter 38 of Title 43 but is acting as an agent for the owner of any business entity operating on their own property or on the property of others on which they are doing business and has reasonable grounds to believe that the individual sought to be detained has committed or attempted to commit theft by taking as set forth in Code Section 16-8-2 or theft of services as set forth in Code Section 16-8-5;

Security Officers must either release a detained individual within a reasonable time or contact the law enforcement unit with appropriate jurisdiction and release the detained individual to an officer of the law enforcement unit. Security personnel operate only on property owned or controlled by the institution and report crimes in progress and summon law enforcement assistance from the Emory Police Department or other local police departments, as appropriate.

EPD maintains an active and cooperative working relationship with local municipal law enforcement agencies surrounding each campus as may be required to fulfill safety, security, and Clery Act compliance obligations (including, but not limited to, the Atlanta Police Department, the DeKalb County Police Department, the City of Oxford Police Department, the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, The Decatur Police Department, The Johns Creek Police Department and the Sandy Spring Police Department). There are no formal mutual aid agreements, memoranda of understanding, or other written agreements in place with local law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.