About Campus Security
The Department of Campus Safety and Security (DCSS) is responsible for providing safety services for all college students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The College employs a director and over 40 full- and part-time team members who serve as officers, dispatchers, transportation operators, safety specialists, and administrative personnel. Students are hired during the academic year to assist the safety department in providing a higher level of customer service.
The DCSS Director is responsible for compiling the annual crime statistics, reviewing ticket appeals, marketing the services of the department, conducting orientation and safety-training programs for the campus community, and interacting with local law enforcement officials.
Our Safety and Security Officers (SS/O) are generally the first contact with the College community as they patrol the campus 24 hours a day. Throughout the day and night they provide basic security and protection for the College community. Prior to hire, SS/O undergoes a thorough background check for criminal and driving histories, and an interview process. The SS/O patrol the campus grounds by vehicle, on foot and, by utility carts. SS/O’s do not have arrest powers but can detain until the Lakeland Police Department representative arrives.
The College has five full-time sworn members of the Lakeland Police Department who serve as the college’s resource officers (CRO). An officer is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The CRO’s are responsible for keeping the campus in a safe condition for the campus community. In addition, during large after-hours student gatherings, such as athletic events, a police officer is contracted to be present at the event.