Department Goals and Organization Structure

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.

DIVISION RESPONSIBILITIES/GOALS

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.