5.20 Public Safety

adopted: Nov-2018
last revised: Nov-2018

Pursuant to the Illinois Public Community College Act Ch. 110 ILCS 805 / 3–42.1-2), Richland Community College authorizes the establishment and maintenance of a Public Safety Department. The Board of Trustees delegates the President to establish such other regulations as are determined to be necessary for the protection of community college students, staff, visitors, properties and interests or for the proper maintenance, operation or development of Richland Community and prescribes that fines and penalties for the violation for these regulations is established.

The enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of the Chief of Public Safety and the members of the Campus Public Safety Department. As such, law enforcement officer members of this department shall have all of the powers of police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants for violations of State statutes and to enforce county or city ordinances in all counties that lie within the community college district, when such is required for the protection of community college personnel, students, property, or interests. Such officers shall have no power to serve and execute civil process.

As peace officers in Illinois, all laws pertaining to hiring, training, retention, service authority, and discipline of police officers, under State law, shall apply. Law enforcement officer members must complete the minimum basic training requirements of a police training school under the Illinois Police Training Act. Law enforcement officer members who have successfully completed an Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board certified firearms course shall be equipped with appropriate firearms and auxiliary weapons.

The College Public Safety Department is tasked with the enforcement of College, local, state and federal laws, ordinances and regulations. The enforcement of the regulations established under this policy, will contribute to maintaining a safe learning and working environment for all members of the College community.