Department Of Public Safety
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
MOHAWK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Developing a safe and secure environment where a quality education may be achieved is the responsibility of the entire community. Within our community, the Department of Public Safety is committed to it's leadership role in developing programs, methods and approaches to assist the institution toward achieving a reasonably safe and secure environment.
The department exists to support the goals of the College, to assist those who seek and impart knowledge, as well as those who provide support to the mission of the institution. The department strives to provide an environment where diverse social, cultural and academic values may prosper and grow.
All Peace Officers of the department are expected to be sensitive to the unique nature of the College community and realize they serve to assist the department and the institution in the achievement of our goals. Members of the department do have arrest powers as Peace Officers defined in the NYS Criminal Procedure Law. It is only through our collective efforts that our mission will be accomplished.
DEPARTMENT GOALS AND ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the welfare of the College community in the general area of crime prevention and control, parking control and hazard prevention and safety. The Director of Public Safety reports to the Vice President of Administrative Services.
To administer the above responsibilities efficiently the Department of Public Safety is organized into two divisions: Public Safety Division, and the Environmental Health and Safety Division.
PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION
The overall division responsibilities include: crime prevention education; patrolling; law enforcement; investigation; parking control; communications; policing special events; and records. Service functions include: crisis management; motorist assistance; and unlocking building doors; escorts, money transports and emergency medical services.
Based upon division responsibilities, the three major Public Safety goals will be crime and prevention control, service functions and parking control.
Crime control will consist of a two pronged program. First an ongoing crime prevention education program will be conducted to inform the College community regarding crime trends and their responsibility to take crime prevention measures. This will include an annual program for all freshman and transfer students. Secondly, an active law enforcement program directed at persons who victimize or attempt to victimize members of the College community will be maintained. The law enforcement program will include mandatory follow up investigations in an effort to clear incidents and to determine where better crime prevention practices are needed, the use of field interview cards and trespass warnings, plainclothes patrols and the arrest of offenders. These crime control program measures will be enhanced by annual training for Department personnel.
Service functions will be provided in a PROMPT and COURTEOUS manner. A crisis management capability will be maintained in cooperation with Student Affairs and the Health Services staff to address situations which result in dangerous or abnormal behavior. The division will maintain auto jumper cable service in each Public Safety vehicle. The division will provide unlocking services of College and auto doors, for authorized students, faculty and staff. The division will provide emergency medical services for the college community.
A comprehensive parking program will be maintained, with advice from the Mohawk Valley Community College Public Safety Department, to insure adequate and orderly parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors. The primary features of the parking program will include: pre registration for faculty/staff; clear and concise parking regulations; well defined parking areas identifying type of permits allowed; regular patrols of all parking areas and the use of an enforcement program; impounding unregistered vehicles; and keeping all campus drives clear for emergency vehicles by issuing violations and or towing.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY DIVISION
The overall division responsibilities include: hazard prevention; investigations; fire/safety training; general safety; building inspections; evacuation drills; workers' compensation; haz-mat incidents and legislation compliance.
Based upon division responsibilities, the three major Safety Division goals will be hazard prevention, training and safety compliance.
The fire prevention program will consist of fire watch patrols, inspections of public areas in all campus buildings, and safety policy development to ensure compliance with local, state and federal codes and legislation.
Training will include both new and current employees in the areas of fire prevention, safety, emergencies and Right-to-Know and FERPA Requirements.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.
I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and the relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the public service, I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . law enforcement.