August 26, 2016

Chief John Carter talks about the College Police and Environmental Health & Safety, and the range of services and resources these departments provide.

Amherst College Police


Emergency   Emergency: (413) 542-2111  |   Business: (413) 542-2291

Welcome to the Amherst College Police 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. Chief John Carter

The Amherst College Police Department is a progressive, service oriented police department. The main goal 500 Internal Server Error

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John B. Carter
Chief of Police

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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.

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 philosophy. The 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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Emergency Response Handbook

The Emergency Response Handbook provides you with a reference guide for immediate steps to take if various crises occur.