The Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Campus Police Department has a new home on the southeast corner of the OCCC campus. The facility was dedicated in a formal ceremony on Sept. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m.
“The safety of OCCC students, employees, and visitors is a top priority,â€ said OCCC President Jerry Steward. “The new headquarters provides the OCCC campus police with more tools and better facilities to serve and protect the OCCC community.â€
The 8,682 square foot facility includes a call center to handle campus phone calls and a crisis response center the college can utilize during an emergency. The capital improvement project began in July 2018 and consisted of an extensive renovation of the former OCCC Child Development Center.
Oklahoma Natural Gas, A Division of ONE Gas, pledged $30,000 to the OCCC Foundation to assist with the project. Safety and education are two of the company’s priorities for its philanthropic efforts. The Oklahoma Natural Gas contribution acknowledges the importance of safety and security for the OCCC campus, as well as the facility’s role as a resource for the broader public safety community in Oklahoma City.
ABOUT OCCC CAMPUS PD
The OCCC Campus Police Department was established in 2010â€”transitioning from security officers to commissioned police officers. The OCCC Campus Police Department provides law enforcement services for the college’s Main Campus, the OCCC Family and Community Education (FACE) Center, and the OCCC Capitol Hill Center. The OCCC Campus Police Department operates like other law enforcement agencies. However, officers of the OCCC Campus Police Department provide additional services including vehicle unlocks, car battery jump-starts, escorts to buildings and vehicles, air for flat tires, and ongoing crime prevention programs. The OCCC Campus Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with officers on duty at all times.
The OCCC Campus Police Department recently received accreditation from the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The OCCC Campus Police Department is one of only three Oklahoma college or university campus police departments to earn this gold standard in law enforcement, and only the 16th out of 483 agencies statewide to qualify for accreditation.