POLICE AND SAFETY
Mercyhurst University and the Department of Police & Safety are committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for its campus community. We are continuously striving to build and maintain a high level of cooperation between the entire campus community in order to focus on crime prevention and problem solving through awareness and education. Our staff consists of sworn police officers with arrest powers. Most of our sworn officers are experienced former State, Municipal, or Township Police Officers.
We work around the clock to maintain a safe atmosphere for students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike.
Understanding that the primary purpose of Mercyhurst University is education, and that this department is an integral part of Mercyhurst University, the mission of the department of police/safety is to provide and maintain safety, security, and tranquility to and within the entire Mercyhurst community. To accomplish its mission, the Mercyhurst University Department of Police and Safety perform both a law enforcement and security function within their jurisdiction. The diverse range of services provided by the Mercyhurst University department of police/safety includes, but is not limited to:
- Prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal activity
- Protection of student, employee, visitor, and college property
- Emergency response to medical incidents
- Police and security response at college events
- Parking regulation enforcement, traffic control, and motorist assistance
- General assistance to university students, employees, and visitors, as needed or when requested
- Development of crime prevention programs for presentation to the university community
Although the Mercyhurst University Department of Police & Safety performs a law enforcement and security function, the department and its personnel strive to be viewed as advocates for, and not adversaries of the Mercyhurst University community, and strive further to maintain a professional, service oriented attitude and philosophy.
Walk the Campus Safely
MU Police & Safety provides escorts to students, faculty and staff upon request and if certain circumstances are present. Students who have returned to campus late of feel unsafe walking through campus can request a police escort to their building, residence or vehicle.
To request an escort, call 814-824-3911 or use one of the campus emergency phones (Blue Light System).
Blue Light System
MU Police & Safety offers a number of safety and security initiatives to create an environment where the educational process can take place relatively free from the fear of crime. One such crime prevention initiative is the Blue Light System. The Blue Light System is a series of emergency alarm stations located in several areas on campus to provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress. Each Blue Light tower is connected to a dedicated line within the Police and Safety Office.
Services, Staff, Clery Reports
The Department of Police & Safety is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for the Mercyhurst University campus community. Students, faculty, and staff with concerns for their safety and/or security on campus are encouraged to contact the Department of Police & Safety immediately in person, or by calling (814) 824-2304. Emergency Blue Light Systems are strategically located in several areas on campus (include link to map). Please do not hesitate to use any means of contacting Police & Safety if you have a concern for your safety. The Department of Police & Safety is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Our services include:
- Apartment Lockouts
- Blue Light System
- Campus Patrols
- Clery Reports
- e2Campus (Emergency Text Alerts)
- Police Escorts
- Vehicle Jump Starts
- Vehicle Lockouts
Text Alert System
The ability to blast text messages to thousands of people within minutes just became a reality at Mercyhurst University.
Once considered a nonessential, the Virginia Tech tragedy made college administrators nationwide look at text messaging in a whole new light as part of their emergency response plans. Today’s students aren’t listening to the radio; they’re listening to their iPods; they aren’t watching television, they’re tuning into YouTube; and colleges have learned that they cannot update everyone through traditional media any longer.
e2Campus, extends the reach of existing emergency notification measures like campus wide e-mails and Web page updates to alert students anywhere, anytime. The advantage of text over e-mail is that students are constantly looking at cell phones. It’s their mode of communication.
The e2Campus system can broadcast text messages to subscribers on all four campuses in just minutes. It will function with mobile phones, Blackberries, wireless PDAs and smart phones.
To receive the alerts from our e2Campus system, click here and following the instructions.
All vehicles parked on campus are required to have a valid parking permit. All parking lots are color-coded. Temporary visitors can obtain a visitor permit available free of charge for a maximum of three days. Visitor permits may be obtained in the Police & Safety Office, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Location: Lower Level of McAuley Hall
Our StaffDJ Fuhrmann – Chief of Police
DJ Fuhrmann began his work at Mercyhurst University in 2016 after retiring from the City of Erie Police Department as Deputy Chief. During his 28 years with the city, he managed small police units as a sergeant before culminating his career as Deputy Chief. He also served as a liaison to other law enforcement agencies, support services and community organizations, and was a member of the SWAT team for seven years. Chief Fuhrmann graduated from Mercyhurst University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1987. Besides earning a bachelor’s degree, Fuhrmann did advanced studies at the FBI National Academy and the Police Staff and Command School at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.
Roy Ridondelli – Deputy Chief of Police
Deputy Chief Ridondelli has been with Mercyhurst University Police and Safety for several years after retiring from his position as Chief of Police with the Fairview Borough Police Department. Prior to his experience in a leadership position, he gained extensive experience as Patrolman for the North East Borough Police Department and as Adjunct Instructor for the Emergency Services Training Academy. Deputy Chief Ridondelli graduated from the Mercyhurst Police Academy majoring in Criminal Justice, with experience in Municipal Police Training and Lethal Wepons Training to continue his education in the Fire Science Program at the Northwest Pennsylvania Technical Institute. He holds more than 50 different certifications in Law Enforcement.
Paul Joslin – Police Lieutenant/Technology and Safety Specialist
Lieutenant Joslin has over 20 years of experience working for the U.S. Military as well as for Municipal and Campus Law Enforcement. He has been with Mercyhurst since 2004. Prior to working at Mercyhurst, Joslin gained valuable experience in Law Enforcement while working for the West Mead Police Department, Allegheny College, Conneautville Police Department, and Vernon Township Police Department. Lieutenant Joslin graduated from the Military Police Academy in 1987 and continued his education at Edinboro University and at the Municipal Police Academy before he started his professional work in 1997. He has also obtained his associate's degree in criminal justice
Officers and Dispatchers
Main Campus (Erie)
PTLM. Diane Farrell
PTLM. Nick DeAngelo
PTLM. Pete Towner
PTLM. Ben Steiner
PTLM. Brandon Peplinski
PTLM. Steve Matson
PTLM. Madison Victor
PTLM. Larry Occhibone
OFFICER Dave Sheridan
OFFICER Joe Aulenbacher
PTLM. John Patterson
Dispatcher Bob Attala
Dispatcher Joline Capwill
Dispatcher James Hudson
Dispatcher Halle Brenneman
Administrative Assistant Traci Vodzak
North East Campus
Sergeant Charles Rosequist