Campus Safety and Emergency Procedures
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “CAMPUS SECURITY” AND A CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT?
- If disaster strikes, campus security calls the local police department to come help. We are the local police department for OCCC.
- We insist on more comprehensive training, equipment, resources, and capabilities than college or university security teams.
- We have more rigorous accountability, reporting, and processing
- We’re one of only three campus or university police departments to be fully accredited or certified by:
• The Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)
• The Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG)
• The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML)
• The City Managers Association of OK (CMAO)
- We are the only Oklahoma campus or university police department – and one of only two community colleges in the U.S. – to be fully accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
Our mission is to provide service to our community by protecting life and property while maintaining a safe and positive learning environment with integrity, honor, valor, and professionalism.
Safety is the primary focus of the Campus Police. Officers respond to all calls involving criminal acts, medical emergencies, and fire. Some of the routine services provided by the Campus Police believed to enhance the safety and security of those who visit OCCC include:
- Safety Escorts to/from parking lots
- Vehicle Battery jump starts.
- Vehicle Unlocks
- Lost & Found Property Management
Campus Police are available 24 hours a day!!!
Please use this number for Emergencies and Non-Emergency situations. You cannot contact them through 911
Some things to remember about Safety in Campus:
- IT phones are located throughout the campus in offices, classrooms & near stairwells.
- Emergency call boxes are located throughout the campus.
- The blue call boxes are located outside.
- The small red call boxes are throughout the inside of the building.
- The campus has CCTV security cameras through the exterior and interiors of the buildings.
- Protecting your personal property begins with you.
- Lost and Found is located in the CPD building
- CPD does enforce traffic laws and the rules of the road.
Some things to remember about Emergency procedures:
- There are No fire drills. Treat every alarm as if it is a real fire and evacuate the building.
- OCCC is not a designated shelter. However, there are safer places to be in the building in case of Tornado or Severe Weather.
- The “All Clear” per shelter in place protocol will come through the IT phones located in the classrooms and offices.
- If asked to evacuate the building- please evacuate past Faculty Circle.
Campus Alert Notification System
CANS is a comprehensive alert notification system for all of our students and employees. This system is designed to quickly communicate information regarding emergency situations on campus and any campus closures that may be necessary.
To sign up for CANS
Additional Safety Information
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private institutions of higher education and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. The current annual report can be found here:
You can access it here
OCCC Shield App
In an effort to reinforce personal safety on campus using the latest technology, OCCC introduced OCCC Shield, a free safety app that will enable students to reach OCCC Campus Police almost immediately from their smart phones. The app, developed by 911 Cellular, not only connects the user to the campus police department, but also provides the user’s location through an internal positioning system or geographic locator. The app will also has several other safety features:
- iReports–allows users to send texts, photos and videos directly to OCCC Campus Police and these reports can be made anonymously
- Non-emergency services contacts–access to additional services offered by OCCC Campus Police such as vehicle unlock, vehicle jump start, officer escort to and from the building and air for vehicle and bicycle tires
- Friend Watch–a peer-to-peer safety check. It allows users to designate a group of friends to receive notifications if the user fails to check in after a certain period of time designated by the user.