CAMPUS SAFETY


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Always Safe and Secure

Talladega College Police Services is committed to offering a wide range of comprehensive, proactive programs and procedures that anticipate, recognize and appraise crime risks and initiate actions to remove or reduce crime risks. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take an active role in becoming educated about crime prevention and safety.  If a crime pattern or other situation develops that presents a serious threat to the campus, the Chief of Police promptly informs the university community so that it may exercise appropriate measures to prevent a similar occurrence.

CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT

campuspoliceTalladega College is kept safe by an efficient police department. The department is a recognized law enforcement agency that represent extraordinary examples of excellence in law enforcement accreditation.

The Talladega College Police Department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life at Talladega College by providing protection of life and property, including crime prevention, law enforcement, and service. The Talladega College Police Department recognizes that good public relations are a vital aspect of our role. Officers are expected to maintain high standards of conduct, and to perform proficiently in their duties.

Campus police pledge to improve their service by improving the skills of it’s officers through continuing education, in-service training programs, experience, and structured self-improvement programs.The Talladega College Police Department recognizes that meeting the needs of the students, faculty and staff is the top priority of the college. They are available 24-hours, 7 days a week to offer the necessary assistance in emergencies, either directly, or through communication with both campus personnel and off campus agencies.

Campus Police Officers are sworn and commissioned through the state of Alabama and maintain a peaceful and safe environment on campus.

Crime Stats, Policies, Procedures, Brochures and other information are available through the following venues:
Crime Statistics Campus Police Department- Crime Stats and Brochures Freshmen Orientation Programs, Student Code of Conduct Handbook Annual Residential Hall Meetings Emails, Semester updates to faculty, staff and students.

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The main responsibility of the Talladega College Police Department (TCPD) is to serve and protect students, faculty, and staff. TCPD provides a full range of police services. The Department enforces state, federal, and local laws and regulations through active foot and mobile patrols.

Authority

Officers of the Talladega College Police Department have police authority. They have the authority of the college to apprehend persons involved in illegal criminal activities. Reports of students, faculty, or staff involved in criminal acts and/or violations of the Talladega College codes of conduct are referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, for review and referral of adjudication.

Supervisors of the TCPD are trained through the North East Alabama Police Academy (N.E.A.P.A.) located at Jacksonville State University. They meet the standards for Certified Officers Standards and Training Commission. Our officers are selected on the basis of experience, training and the ability to adapt to the demands of campus law enforcement.

Reporting Criminal Activity and Other Emergencies

Criminal activity and other emergencies should be reported to the Talladega College Police Department by telephone (Extensions 6291 or 8806), or in person. We are located on Martin L. King, Jr. Drive, next to the Callanan Union Building.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

The TCPD patrols parking areas and issues citations for violations of the college’s parking rules and regulations. Vehicles operated by faculty and staff are parked in the areas they are assigned to work. Vehicles operated by students are parked in the parking lot of their assigned dormitory/resident hall. Alternate parking areas are the Callanan Union parking lot, and the parking lot located on Battle Street..

Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus. The Talladega College Police Department enforces all state laws regarding the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus.

Illegal Drugs

The Talladega College Police Department enforces all state and federal laws concerning the possession, manufacture, or sale of illegal drugs. Any person apprehended in possession of, using, or selling illegal drugs is subject to arrest and disciplinary action through the campus judicial system.

Drug Free Policy

It is the policy of Talladega College that the following is expressly prohibits by the college, and any faculty, staff, or student in violation is subject to immediate disciplinary action(s):

  • The illegal manufacture, sale, possession or use of any substance as defined by the Alabama Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
  • Intoxication, illegal possession of alcohol beverages or liquor on campus.

Disciplinary Actions

In cases where students, faculty, and staff are found guilty of violating Talladega College’s Substance Abuse Policy, such individual(s) will be suspended from the institution, from its employ (without pay) and required to seek professional counseling for a minimum of one semester before being eligible for re-admittance or re-employment. In either case, proof of counseling will be a prerequisite for reconsideration. The college will make every effort to assist the individual in securing professional counseling.

In all instances, payment for the services, as required above, will be at the expense of the individual. If the student or employee fails or refuses to seek professional counseling, that individual’s relationship with Talladega College will be permanently severed.

(Applicable legal Sanctions under State Law can be found in the Talladega College Drug-Free and Workplace Policy Manual).

Approved by the Talladega College Board of Trustees October 8, 1998.

Sexual Harrassment Policy

Please be reminded that it is a violation of official college policy, as well as state and federal law, to commit an act of sexual harassment upon another. It is necessary that all personnel, and students, have a complete understanding of what activity may be considered harassment.

If you believe you are a victim of this behavior, then contact your supervisor immediately, and if you are unable to communicate with your supervisor, then you must contact the Human Resources Department as soon as possible. A complete and immediate investigation will follow your complaint.

Sexual harassment is often described as unsolicited advances. It may range from inappropriate sexual suggestions to coerced sexual relations. Harassment is viewed as a situation in which an individual in a position to control, influence, or affect another’s employment, compensation, promotion, job assignments, grade assignments, or fellow student relationship, uses that power to coerce a person into sexual contact or relations, or punishes the refusal. The harasser may be the victim’s employer, supervisor, co-worker, employee, college official or classmate. Sexual harassment may also include:

  • Unsolicited verbal sexual comments;
  • Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
  • Sexist remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities;
  • Patting, pinching, or unnecessary touching;
  • Demanding sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt threats involving one’s employment, compensation, promotion, or job assignment;
  • Physical assault.

Violation of this policy will lead to discipline, including termination.

The following procedures will be followed during severe weather and natural and man-made disasters. These disasters may come in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, snow and ice storms, or in the form of fire and/or human-initiated catastrophes. Whatever form the disaster takes, everyone must be in a state of constant readiness to protect lives and to defend themselves against human perpetrators who try to capitalize on the misfortune by “looting.” The following procedures will be in effect as soon as the college receives official word of severe weather warnings:

1. The following individuals will be alerted by Campus Police and the Talladega College Police Department:

  • Director of Facilities Management/Operation
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Department of Student Housing
  • Residents and Personnel of all campus wooden structured buildings
  • School Infirmary Personnel

2. Campus Police will monitor the National Weather Service broadcasts and will also ask for the assistance of Talladega Police and Sheriff Departments in monitoring the weather 

3. The following buildings have been selected as approved shelters during severe weather: 

4. The evacuation process of all personnel and students will begin immediately at the first official warning or imminent approach of a natural or man-made disaster.

The following residence halls shall follow these evacuation procedures:

  • Shores, Crawford, Ish:
  • Proceed to the lowest level of the building
  • Take roll call and have everyone sit in the hallway
  • Await further instructions from College staff/personnel
  • Occupants of wood frame buildings and other campus residents
  • Proceed to the nearest approved shelter
  • Remain calm and in command of the situation.

5. After the initial fury of the disaster has subsided, please initiate the following post-emergency steps:

  • Remain in the sheltered areas until Campus Police have declared all danger has passed. Remember that the eye of the storm is a period of false calm. It may appear that the storm has diminished, but it may return at full intensity without warning.
  • Take roll call when residents return to their residence halls.
  • If any casualties have been suffered, begin transportation to medical facilities by dialing 911 or 362-8877. If phone lines are down, radio Campus Police, who will be checking the sheltered areas for possible casualties.
  • As part of the clean up process, and returning to the various residences, please avoid any area containing fallen power lines or hazardous active electrical equipment (i.e., generators, power stations).
  • Keep all restricted areas clear. Only Facilities Management/Operators and Campus Police personnel are allowed in restricted areas.
  • All Residence Hall Directors, Department Heads and Supervisors will assess their situations and submit a written report to Facilities Management/Operation and Campus Police as soon as possible. Any questions regarding evacuation procedures shall be forwarded to Campus Police (761-6291).

While colleges and universities are among the safest communities, no campus is immune from crime. Most campus crimes occur when criminals are given an opportunity to commit them. It is important that everyone learn how to be alert, use common sense, and prevent threats to the safety of themselves and others. 

Here are some tips to help eliminate the opportunity for crime and reduce your risk of being victimized:

Protect yourself in your residence hall

  • Lock your door … even if you’re only leaving for a minute.
  • Lock your door when you are sleeping, or leaving for an extended period of time, taking a nap, or when you will be obviously distracted (such as taking a shower, listening to music, using a blow dryer, etc.).
  • Never admit strangers into your room or hall. When in doubt request their I.D.
  • Never disconnect smoke detectors.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons or activity to the Campus Police including any strangers loitering around.
  • Secure your valuables. Put, and keep, your money, wallets, jewelry, handbags or other valuables out of sight. Protect yourself when working or studying after normal business hours
  • Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries and other campus buildings. But, in the event this happens, make sure all outside entrance doors are locked and do not let anyone else in the building.
  • Secure the door to your area, and be certain to notify the Campus Police, giving them your name, location, phone number and expected departure time.
  • Call for an escort if necessary. (Campus Police: 761-6291) 

Protect Yourself On and Off Campus

  • Stay alert, confident and aware of your surroundings. Make eye contact with people around you, walk purposefully and trust your instincts.
  • Avoid alleys, short cuts and vacant lots; stick to well-lit, busy streets.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash. Use ATMs during daylight hours only.
  • If you are being followed, abruptly change directions, stay in a well-lit area, make noise, (sing loudly), attract or direct attention to you and the person that is following you.
  • Dial 911 in emergency situations.

Contact Information

Office of Campus Police
Talladega College 
627 Battle Street West 
Talladega, Alabama 35160 
Telephone: 256-762-6291
Cell: 256-322-3103

Ronald Dye, Chief of Police
email: rdye@talladega.edu