The Hocking College Police Department (HCPD) offers many opportunities and services to keep students, faculty, and community members safe at all times. Safety is of high priority at Hocking College because a safe environment makes for a more efficient learning environment and a higher quality of education.
Throughout the year, HCPD offers many programs to teach students about a wide variety of strategies to keep themselves safe. Topics include fire safety, identity theft, personal defense, sexual assault defense, and drug identification. These programs are available to students and faculty at any time throughout the academic year. Programs can be presented to different organizations on campus such as resident life, academic or student organizations, or faculty meetings by request.
A female self-defense program is also held every year. The class is free and open to the entire campus community. The class is normally held in the Fall at the Student Center.
Contact the Police Department at (740) 753-6598 to schedule a special program.
Nixle is an online communication system that HCPD uses to send students, staff, and faculty members about campus alerts. Text messages are of alerts about emergencies such as campus closings, power outages, and road closures. However, these texts will only be sent to those who have subscribed to the alerts.
Police Escort Program
An escort program is offered by HCPD 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The escort program is set in place to make sure that any student, faculty, or staff member feels safe at all times whenever an emergency event arises and an individual feels unsafe. While being escorted, the police escort will remain in contact in the Police Department Dispatch Center over radio at all times.
Hocking College respects students’ personal items and strives to make sure that no personal items are lost or stolen. The Police Department has implemented an Action I.D. program that gives each student a personal identification number that they can engrave on their personal items. The Police Department can then use this identification number to return the lost or stolen item to the correct owner.
Bike and Car Program
Students can choose to bring a bike onto campus for recreation or transportation services. With the Bike Program, the college recommends that students who bring their bikes to campus register their bikes with the Police Department in the event that the bike becomes damaged or unclaimed. Students who bring their car to campus are also required to register their car with the HCPD.
New Bike Patrol
A new bike patrol system is currently being set in place to ensure safety everywhere around campus. Officers will be patrolling on bikes around campus and on the bike path to guarantee that students and the campus community are safe at all times.
Campus Security Officers (CSOs)
Campus Security Officers (CSOs) are students who are qualified and interested in campus safety. Around 32 students are recruited every year as active CSOs. CSOs report any activity around campus that might require attention by HCPD. The CSO program allows students to become actively engaged with the college Police Department.
About once a month, the Police Department sends out a safety tip to the college community. Each safety tip is based on information from data they've collected in recent weeks. Past safety tips included information on dorm security, night safety, and car break-ins. Students, staff, and faculty should check their email frequently for the safety tip.
New Improvements Coming to HCPD
The Hocking College Police Department is currently working on some new projects in their department. These improvements include adding new technology and other devices to keep the campus safer and happier throughout the year.
If for any reason you need to contact the Hocking College Police Department, you can do so by phone at (740) 753-6598 or by email at email@example.com.