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Bloomsburg University Police

The Bloomsburg University Police Department is located at the rear of the Andruss Library on Swisher Circle. It is organized as a traditional police department and officers are commissioned with statewide arrest authority. All officers are Act 120 certified and receive state-mandated yearly training that exceeds state standards and provides full range law enforcement services 24 hours every day, 365 days a year. The Bloomsburg University Police Department offers a variety of resources for crime deterrence and response, including uniform patrol, bicycle patrols, investigators, community outreach and other support services. The officers work closely with area federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as the Bloomsburg fire department.

The police department is dedicated to preserving a peaceful and safe environment for the entire university community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to be aware of and alert to the possibility of criminal activity on campus and to report all crimes or suspicious activity. If you "See Something, Say Something®."

The police department reports all crimes to the PA Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR) which is compiled by the PA State Police Bureau of Research and Development. Additionally, BU PD reports annually to the Dept. of Education as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Ed Opportunity Act. The Daily Crime Log is maintained at the University Police Department and may be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Welcome to the Bloomsburg University Police Department website. My name is Leo Sokoloski, Director – Chief of Police, and on behalf of the dedicated men and women of our department, I thank you for visiting our website.

We hope that you will find valuable insight into our department, its mission, and our role within the academic environment at Bloomsburg University. The information provided is designed to be a resource for you with information on campus crime statistics, agency news, safety initiatives, and the various other patrol and public safety services that we provide to the university community.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors is our top priority. We are committed to providing the highest level of professional police services to foster student success and a safe learning environment for all.

Our philosophy of community policing embodies the importance of cooperation, education, and police-citizen partnerships. Our commitment to this style of policing allows us to be part of the fabric of the Bloomsburg University community and assist us in cultivating true partnerships with you, the community we serve. BU PD is committed to being engaged with the university community and being fully transparent constantly improving lines of communication with students, faculty and staff.

Fostering trust is a priority of BU PD which is why we instituted the Community Policing Officers program. Our Community Policing Officers collaborate with student groups and organizations to proactively address issues and concerns and better the lives of BU students, faculty and staff. Because we are all Huskies, every member of the Bloomsburg University community has a shared responsibility in their safety and reporting suspicious activity. By making smarter choices every day, we can build an ideal environment for a stellar education. Help us keep the University safe and a wonderful place to work and study.

It’s my goal to keep our processes transparent. We want the community to know what we’re doing and why, while also asking for your feedback on how we can do better. I encourage you to call University Police any time you encounter an issue or email your feedback to me at http://intranet.bloomu.edu/police-feedback. I personally read and respond to every message, regardless of whether it’s a complaint or commendation. We’re relying on you to perfect our process and first and foremost we answer to you, the BU community. Join in a dialogue with us and make this and every semester the safest yet.

Leo V. Sokoloski


The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Police Department has earned accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association through its Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.  BU is now one of only seven accredited Institutions of Higher Education Law Enforcement Agencies within Pennsylvania to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Of the 1,117 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, only 127 are accredited.

Accreditation is a progressive and proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The process takes between 18 and 24 months and covers 136 standards and 184 sub-standards. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the pronouncement of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.

Additionally, the accreditation process has assisted Bloomsburg University Police in complying with the Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, certifying Bloomsburg University Police meet specific  - mandatory standards on use of force set by the U.S. Attorney General.