Kent State Police Services

Students walking across Risman Plaza.

On Feb. 26, Kent State University notified the Kent Campus community about an unverified threat at Kent Hall that was deemed to be not credible. Kent State is not alone. Schools and institutions across the country have been receiving false threats. Recently, unsubstantiated threats were received by Cornell University, Dartmouth College, No...

Rain on fall leaves, by Vance Voyles

The beauty of fall on Kent State's campuses can be found in both the colorful canopy of the trees as well as in the small details of raindrops on fallen leaves. These images were captured by Vance Voyles outside of Bowman Hall. Voyles is a former homicide detective, a United States Army veteran, a Kent State police officer, and an a...

CPR training

Kent State University Registrar Chris Dorsten and Assistant University Registrar Adrianne Woods had to spring into action over the summer when a person went into cardiac arrest in Schwartz Hall where their offices are located.  For Dorsten, who had never been called upon to use the CPR training he received years ago, it wa...

Sgt, Ann Spahr, K-9 Salem and Mialie Szymanski

Representing the Kent State STEM Trumbull County Committee, Mialie Szymanski had the delight of meeting Sgt. Anne Spahr and K-9 trainee, Salem, of Kent State University Police Services. Szymanski is an author, illustrator, journalist/photo journalist and advocate for animals who also is an administrative assistant to the dean of Kent ...

Kent State Police officer Vance Voyles

Vance Voyles wears many hats in addition to his Kent State University police cap.   A former Orange County, Florida, homicide detective and a United States Army veteran, Voyles has been patrolling campus since 2014.   When he’s not working to keep the Kent Campus safe, Voyles can be found in the classroom where he wor...

Photo of the members of the Kent State Police Department

The Kent State University Police Department was recently awarded national accreditation for the ninth time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) in the Law Enforcement program. The Kent State Police Department was first accredited in 1991. Following four annual documentation reviews and a meticulou...

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent State University and the city of Kent have an important message to share with the community members and those outside the area concerning the upcoming Halloween weekend: Do not hold or attend mass gatherings of more than 10 people who are not in your household. This guidance also applies to the wee...

Photo of the members of the Kent State Police Department

The Kent State University Police Department is scheduled for a virtual assessment as part of a program to achieve international reaccreditation. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to meet state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedur...

Patrick Tomaswick meets with one of his heroes, Kent State Police Officer Joe Knotek

He's only 4 years old, yet he's already certain of what he wants to do when he grows up. That by itself is pretty amazing. Patrick Tomaswick wants to be a police officer, but not just any member of law enforcement. He wants to be a Kent State University police officer. So much so that he wears his own Kent State police uniform...

Dean Tondiglia (right), Kent State University police chief and director of public safety, goes through the PulsePoint Respond app on his phone while Kent Fire Chief John Tosko (left) looks on with an automated external defibrillator (AED) in front of him.

Sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, is the leading cause of natural death in the United States. It claims an estimated 325,000 lives each year. When the heart stops beating, every second counts to get the person the help they need. If not treated quickly, sudden cardiac arrest usually results in d...