Public Safety

The Seattle Central College Public Safety Department has a well–trained and courteous non–commissioned staff, which provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community.

The staff is comprised of the Director, Sergeant, Emergency Communications Officer, seven full–time Officers and two part–time Officers. All of the staff has received training in basic CPR and emergency response for major incidents.

The Seattle Central College Public Safety Department acts as the first responder for all criminal incidents, provides general patrol of campus facilities and property, investigates collisions and manages traffic safety and parking, coordinates emergency management planning, and provides crime prevention programs. The department responds to all reports of fire and / or medical aid working in support of the Seattle Fire Department.


What We Do

The Seattle Central College Public Safety Officers do not have arrest authority, but they work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Public Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and determine if the individual has lawful business on Campus property.

The Public Safety Department maintains a professional working relationship with the Seattle Police Department (SPD), which has jurisdiction on the Campus; all criminal incidents are referred to the Seattle Police Department for investigations and follow–up. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report any crime to Seattle Central College Security Department and the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on–campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.


Jurisdiction

Seattle Central College Public Safety Officers have authority to enforce all traffic codes of RCW title 46, the City of Seattle traffic code, and the Seattle Community College District rules and regulations on all property leased, rented, and owned by Seattle Central College. This includes all areas of the Main, Seattle Vocational Institute, Wood Technology Center, and the Seattle Maritime Campus as well as any additional property leased, rented, or owned by Seattle Central College.

Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department has law enforcement jurisdiction on all Seattle Central College property. All crimes, arrests, or reportable incidents are forwarded on to a sworn Police Officer with the Seattle Police Department.

The King County Sheriff's Office

The King County Sheriff's Office has law enforcement secondary jurisdiction on all Seattle Central College property. As a standard practice, the Sheriff's Office does not respond to campus property unless needed for emergency assistance and called by the Seattle Police Department, or for self initiated activity by a King County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol has law enforcement secondary jurisdiction on Seattle Central College property. As a standard practice, the Washington State Patrol does not respond to campus property unless needed for emergency assistance and called by the Seattle Police Department, or for self initiated activity by a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

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