Amherst College Police

 Responding to an Active Shooter

Welcome to the Amherst College Police Internet Site. This site has been developed to provide the community and visitors with easy access to information about the services of the Police Department. I encourage you to take a few moments and view the information in the site.

The Amherst College Police Department is a progressive, service oriented police department. The main goal of the department is to provide a safe and secure environment through our varied services. As with many police departments, we have been engaged in community policing efforts long before it became a national trend. The Police Department has strong ties with other Amherst College Departments such as Dean of Students, Facilities,and Health Services. In addition, the  Police Department has open communication and strong collaborative relationships with the Town of Amherst Police and other municipal departments.  As you tour our site, I wish to remind you our efforts to keep the campus safe are greatly enhanced with your assistance. The prevention of crime is the responsibility of everyone. Working together we can keep Amherst College a safe place.

John B. Carter
Chief of Police


Mission Statement

The Amherst College Police Department exists to work in cooperation with the college community, striving to provide a safe environment in which people may pursue academic and personal growth.The Department seeks to enhance the quality of life on the Amherst College Campus through a dedication to community service.

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The Department investigates problems as well as incidents, focusing on solutions and fostering a sense of community and safety at the College. The Department makes every effort to recognize and prevent circumstances that may create a hazard to the community. The Department will strive to gain the trust of the community by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity.

The Department adheres to the methods of the Community Oriented Problem Solving philosophyThe Amherst College Police Department shall engage in the judicious enforcement of the Laws of the Commonwealth and the rules of Amherst College. The Department shall engage in pro-active crime prevention measures and the apprehension and prosecution of those who present a threat to the community.

The Amherst College Police Department shall operate within the guidelines of Federal, State and Local laws.

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