The Safety and Security Department strives to provide public safety services to the college community with integrity, efficiency, and professionalism.
Security Officers provide a highly visible security presence through continuous patrol of the campuses. The Department controls access to campus facilities through the opening and locking of buildings and the utilization of key control and card access. The Department also conducts inspections of the facilities and reports security and safety deficiencies to the Facilities Management Department for immediate correction. Should you observe a safety issue while on any one of HACC's campuses, please report it promptly to the Safety and Security Department so that the issue can be corrected without delay.
HACC public safety officers are not sworn as police officers and do not have arrest powers except as granted by law to private citizens for on-sight felony and retail/library theft detainment.
Under College policy, public safety officers may issue warnings and fines for violations of on-campus parking regulations. Fines for violations are outlined in HACC Administrative Procedure (AP) 361 and will be assessed against a student's or employee's account until paid.
HACC public safety officers are granted authority to ask people for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business on any HACC campus or property.
Criminal incidents are reported to the local police who have jurisdiction on its campuses. The Department of Safety and Security at HACC maintains a highly professional relationship with the local police departments in each of our host cities. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report criminal activity to their campus safety and security office and to the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will ensure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
All Officers are required to maintain the following certifications/licenses:
- Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act (Act 235) certification
- ASP Expandable Baton Basic Certification
- OCAT Basic OC Pepper Spray Certification
- First Aid Certification
- CPR Certification
- Adult & Juvenile AED Certifications
- Pennsylvania Driver's License
Officers respond to and provide assistance during emergency situations. While Safety and Security Officers are not sworn law enforcement personnel, the Safety and Security Department maintains a close working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Police, as well as with the local law enforcement agencies in the municipalities in which each campus is located, to ensure their immediate response should it be required.
For Safety and Security assistance, call:
||(717) 337-3855 X-113528
Please note: The HACC Public Safety Department has no jurisdiction over crimes occurring off-campus. Any criminal activity not occurring on College-owned or controlled property should be reported to the local or state law enforcement agency which is responsible for your particular area. The public safety department will provide assistance, if needed, in contacting the proper authorities. HACC does not have any officially-recognized off-campus student organizations or housing facilities.
Any criminal activity on College property should be reported immediately to the HACC Safety and Security Department. Reports may be made on a confidential basis by contacting the campus public safety department in person, by phone or callbox, or by utilizing the "Campus Report a Crime" online service on the safety and security website at www.hacc.edu/AboutUs/Security/ReportACrimeActionForm.cfm. Reports may also be made to the campus dean of student services, campus dean of academic affairs or campus vice president at each campus or location. Reports made to these authorities will be forwarded to Safety and Security for inclusion in statistical disclosures or timely warning notices as appropriate.
Individuals reporting crimes to the HACC Public Safety Department or any College authority may elect to remain anonymous.
The campus public safety department will report criminal activity to the local police and then the Pennsylvania State Police as necessary. The HACC Public Safety Department maintains a professional working relationship with the state and local police departments in each of our host municipalities.
Criminal actions or policy violations committed by students will also be referred to the campus dean of student services who will review the complaint and initiate possible student disciplinary action. Any college disciplinary action will be separate from actions taken by civil authorities. The disciplinary procedure is governed by College AP 592 which may be found in the Student Planner. Victims of violent crime or non-forcible sex offenses will be provided, upon written request, with the outcome of any college disciplinary proceedings against the alleged offender. If a victim is killed as a result of a violent crime, the victim's next-of-kin may also be notified upon written request.
Per federal Clery Act requirements, all criminal activity reported to campus security authorities must be reported to the HACC Public Safety Department for inclusion in the annual security report and for possible dissemination as timely warning notices. No information about the reporting party is included in these disclosures.
Security Alert Notice
Should the Safety and Security Department become aware of a potential safety and/or security risk to members of the college community on college property or within its immediate vicinity; an alert will be issued to members of the campus community through voice mail, e-mail, the posting of bulletins, e2Campus, electronic signage, the Security Department website on the Timely Warnings / Security Alert page and campus publications such as the 4th Estate student newspaper. The local and state police agencies will also be advised of any potential risk.
Campus Crime Log
The HACC Public Safety Department maintains a log of all criminal activity by nature of offense, date, time, location and disposition of the complaint. The information in the log is available for public review at each campus public safety office during campus operating hours, unless such disclosure would be prohibited by law, would jeopardize the confidentiality of a victim, would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation, would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection or would result in the destruction of evidence. NOTE: Logs older than 60 days may be archived and will be made available within two business days of request per federal requirements.
Public safety officers provide crime prevention presentations during new student orientations and new employee orientations College-wide. Additional crime prevention educational materials and programs are made available to the College community on request.
The student life staff at each campus periodically schedules presentations and informational sessions by outside crime prevention organizations. These presentations may be stand-alone events or included as part of another campus event. For more information on attending these events, contact your campus student life office.
Crime Prevention Tips for the Campus Community
Crime can be broken down into three elements: ability, opportunity, and, intent. Ability denotes the offender's skill set. That is, whether or not the offender has the knowledge and skills necessary to perpetrate a given criminal action. Opportunity denotes a chance to commit a crime, whether through the carelessness of others or of the offender's making. Intent denotes the offender's will to commit a crime. It is our job as conscientious citizens to remove the opportunity component of crime. By diminishing opportunity, you lower the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime. Below are a few tips on how to accomplish this:
- Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
- Walk with others whenever possible, especially after dark.
- Utilize the Safety and Security escort program.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Lock office areas and 'smart' classrooms when they are not in use.
- Do not leave personal belongings unattended at any time.
- Maintain control of any keys and access cards issued to you.
- Be careful what is posted on social networking sites - do not publicly post schedules or other information that may allow strangers to learn where you are.
- Report any safety or security concerns you may have.
- Trust your instincts – if something 'feels' wrong, it probably is!