University Police Community Survey Reports

Police officers at Coffee with a Cop community event

Penn State University Police and Public Safety conducts a University-wide survey of students and employees to learn more about their attitudes and opinions related to the department’s police division. The survey is being conducted as part of the police department’s accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The accreditation seal is for police agencies that have demonstrated compliance with CALEA standards, which includes surveying the agency’s community every two years about the police department’s:

  • overall performance;
  • overall competency of agency employees;
  • citizens’ perception of officers’ attitudes and behavior;
  • community concern over safety and security within University Police’s jurisdiction; and
  • citizens’ recommendations and suggestions for improvements.

The survey is intended to be used as a platform for organizational learning, asking specific questions about the quality of policing in the community and to measure how policing in that community affects public trust.

University Police & Public Safety Community Survey Dashboard

2023 Community Survey Results

2023 All Campuses Dashboard Link (encompasses 2019, 2021, and 2023 results)

2023 Aggregate Community Survey Report [PDF]


2021 Aggregate Community Survey Report [PDF]