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About the Owens Department of Public Safety

The Toledo-area Campus Department of Public Safety operates 24 hours, seven days each week. The staff includes full time Police Officers and full and part-time Security Officers and Dispatchers. A student security staff also assists in day to day duties. Police Officers wear all black uniforms and Security Officers are recognizable in gray and black uniforms. Each officer receives specialized security training (ASP Tactical Baton, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI), defensive tactics, and aerosols) to assist in completion of their duties and all officers are trained in CPR and First Aid. In addition, Police Officers must qualify with their firearm annually.

Owens Community College police officers are commissioned by the State of Ohio with full law enforcement authority. The police work closely with the Perrysburg Township Police, Northwood Police and Lake Township Police to insure a safer and more secure atmosphere through the sharing of information. There is, in addition, a mutual aid agreement between OCC and other Wood County police agencies. OCC police officers are trained at local police academies and receive regular in-service training in first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, and crisis intervention. They are responsible for taking and investigating reports for any criminal or traffic problem. The officers enforce criminal laws and College rules and regulations which include unauthorized use of alcohol, use of controlled substances, weapons violations and any other instances requiring police assistance. Violations are referred to the appropriate criminal court and/or the College judicial system.

Department of Public Safety personnel control college traffic; patrol all campus parking areas, buildings and grounds; respond to reports of criminal and suspicious activity, emergency medical and fire situations; recover lost and found articles; provide assistance with vehicle jump-starts, lockouts and minor mechanical failures. The Department of Public Safety also works closely with all local police, fire and emergency personnel.

The Findlay Campus Department of Public Safety operates during all open campus hours. The Findlay Security staff includes full-time Security Officers that are recognizable in gray and black uniforms. The officers receive specialized security training (ASP Tactical Baton, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI), defensive tactics, and aerosols) to assist in completion of their duties and all are trained in CPR and First Aid.

Department of Public Safety personnel control college traffic; patrol all campus parking areas, buildings and grounds; respond to reports of criminal and suspicious activity, emergency medical and fire situations; recover lost and found articles; provide assistance with vehicle jump-starts, lockouts and minor mechanical failures.

While Findlay Campus Security Officers are not sworn police officers, they have the authority to enforce all campus rules and regulations. The Department of Public Safety also works closely with all local area police, fire and emergency personnel.

Reporting Crime ON and OFF Campus

Use the Silent Witness form to report a crime anonymously.

The Department of Public Safety is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Criminal activity or emergencies may be reported to the Department of Public Safety by picking up any of the red emergency phones located throughout each building. Security can also be reached on the Toledo-area Campus by dialing 7575 from any phone or dialing (567) 661-7575 from any non-campus phone. The inside emergency line is 7411. On the Findlay-area Campus, security can be reached by dialing extension 3586 from any campus phone, or by dialing (567) 429-3586 from any non-campus phone.

Any criminal activity or emergencies taking place in the surrounding area of the Toledo-area Campus can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week by contacting the Perrysburg Township Police Department at (419) 874-3551, or the Northwood Police Department at (419) 691-5053; or just dial 9-911. On the Findlay-area Campus, any criminal activity or emergencies taking place in the surrounding area can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week by contacting the Findlay Police Department at (419) 422-3141 or the Hancock County Sheriff's Office at (419) 422-2424; or just dial 9-911.

Owens Community College Department of Public Safety would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation in the prevention and reporting of crimes on campus. Owens Community College Department of Public Safety seeks and shares information with local law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. Together we can help maintain a safe and secure environment for all on campus.


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