The campus police department is fully accredited and professional police department providing the same level of service offered by a municipal police department, as well as other services unique to an academic institution. The department is responsible for the safety and security everyone within the college community. Campus Police Officers work closely with administrators, students, faculty and staff to create and maintain a secure atmosphere. Its statutory arrest jurisdiction includes the property of the College, as well as streets and sidewalks adjacent to the property. Campus Police participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local law enforcement and emergency management agencies. The College works closely with the Crystal Lake Police Department, McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, and in cases with possible federal involvement, the F.B.I. and other federal agencies.
The College Police uses email, mass notification text messaging, and other means to notify students, faculty and visitors of confirmed significant or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or staff unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
Campus Police has primary responsibility for providing protection to the campus community and its facilities. Campus Police responsibilities include: crime prevention, law enforcement, emergency response, and other community services. Campus Police provides a full range of services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include: criminal investigation, conduct investigations, community-oriented policing, student and faculty support, and other proactive measures that keep our community safe.
Victims or witnesses can report crimes in a variety of ways. If a crime is in progress or just occurred, dial 911. Report the incident to the emergency dispatchers providing as much information as possible. Campus police will immediately be dispatched. In the event of an injury or accident, police will respond, and an ambulance or advanced medical support will also be dispatched.
The Clery Act requires Colleges and Universities to alert the campus community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Timely warnings will be issued even if all the facts are not immediately clear or available.
It's expected that even if all of the facts surrounding a criminal incident or incidents are not clear, a warning will still be issued. Follow up information can be provided as it becomes available.