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The mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. It is our goal to assist you in any way possible. Your safety is of great importance to us. In keeping with this mission we provide many services to the public.
CALENDAR YEARS 2009 - 2011
Beginning with calendar year 1999, the Annual Security Report of Colleges and Universities was modified from prior reports in order to comply with revisions mandated by Congress. The revisions, known as the Clery Act, require colleges and universities to provide much more information than was previously called for in annual reports. Some of the information enclosed in this report is also found in the Midland College Catalog.
ABOUT THE MIDLAND COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Midland College Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. MCPD authorized strength is 15 total personnel: 6 sworn police officers, 7 public safety officers (PSO), 2 administrative personnel. The Department’s police officers are peace as defined under Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and are fully empowered by the State as peace officers. The Department’s police officers are armed and have the same authority to detain and arrest as municipal police officers. PSO’s are not armed and do not make arrests, but have the authority to issue citations.
The primary jurisdiction of peace officers commissioned by the Midland College Police Department includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of Midland College. Texas Education Code Section 51.203 Campus Peace Officers – (a) The governing boards of each state institution of higher education and public technical institute may employ and commission peace officers for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this subchapter. The primary jurisdiction of a peace officer commissioned under this section includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of the institution of higher education or public technical institute that employees the peace officer. (b) Within a peace officer’s primary jurisdiction. (c) Outside a peace officer’s primary jurisdiction a peace officer commissioned under this section is vested with all powers, privileges, and immunities of peace officers and may arrest any person who violates any law of the state.
Police officers at MCPD have completed a police academy licensed by The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and been licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). In addition to the Academy, officers receive 15 weeks of field training and a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training every two years, as required by law.
CRIME REPORTING PROCEDURE
All, criminal activity, accidents and incidents requiring police investigation should be reported immediately to the College Police Department by telephoning the Department at (432)685-4734. The College Police Department is located in the Scharbauer Student Center, Room 136. MC police officers can be contacted by telephone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Residents in need of assistance should call their housing supervisor, who will in turn contact the proper authority. Upon investigation of an incident, accident, or crime on campus, a written report will be prepared and filed at the College Police Department. Copies of reports may be available to the proper individuals who need the information in the reports. In addition, a daily activity log is maintained at the College Police Department office for review by anyone.
If a serious crime, natural disaster, or a man-made emergency occurs that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of the Midland College community or a segment of the MC community, MC has various systems in place for communicating information quickly. This system includes an Emergency Notification Network to alert students, faculty, staff, and visitors of any incidents if they occur and to provide instructions on what actions to take in an emergency. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the MC campus. These methods of communication include:
• Midland College home page: MC will post emergency messages online at http://www.midland.edu when a need arises.
• Building Annunciation System: A majority of campus buildings are wired with the capability to activate announcements by MCPD.
• External Media Advisories: Campus closing and emergency notifications are provided to external media, including television and radio stations and online news sites, to quickly spread essential information.
• MC Emergency Alert emergency notification system: Emergency messages may be sent in the event of a life-threatening emergency via text message, email, and telephone. Students and employees are expected to periodically update their online records to ensure timely delivery of emergency messages.
• Outdoor Public Address System: This system is activated by MC Police in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The system consists of a combination of chimes and live or prerecorded announcements. Speakers are strategically placed throughout the campus to facilitate communication through the PA system.
• University emails: Important items of information are communicated to the MC community by special messages sent to campus email addresses.
All members of the MC community are encouraged to notify the MCPD of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. The types of incidents that may cause an immediate threat to the MC community could include but are not limited to emergencies such as: an active shooter on campus, hostage/barricade situation, a riot, suspicious package with confirmation of a device, a tornado, a fire/explosion, suspicious death, structural damage to a MC owned or controlled facility, biological threat (anthrax, etc), significant flooding, a gas leak, hazardous materials spill, etc.
MCPD has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, the MCPD has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.
SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
The MCPD provides these services as a courtesy:
Escorts: Personal safety escorts are available upon request, call MCPD at (432) 685-4734.
Vehicle Jump Starts: MCPD will assist motorists on the campus needing a jump start.
Crash Reports: Motor vehicle crash reports are available at the MCPD during normal office hours. To obtain a crash report, the following information is necessary: a) report number of the crash; and b) name of the driver involved.
Crime Prevention Speakers: Crime prevention speaker can be arranged for any campus-affiliated group upon request (432) 685-4734. The speaker can cover crime prevention related subjects including, but not limited to, items listed under crime prevention in this brochure.
Operation Identification: A program designed to help protect property from theft by engraving the property with a driver’s license number. MCPD has an engraving tool that residents may check out.
Lost and Found: “Lost and Found” is located in the MCPD, (432) 685-4734; hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
• All unclaimed items are kept for 90 days and then disposed per State of Texas law in Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 18.17 (Disposition of Abandoned or Unclaimed Property)
• Food and drink containers are usually discarded
• Data sensitive materials are destroyed if unclaimed
The Midland College Student Government Association and Residence Life periodically schedule educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses. Program attendance is voluntary. All Midland College full and part time staff and faculty who receive reports of sex offenses from students or other employees must file a report with the Campus Police and notify the Vice President of Student Services. The victim should be encouraged to seek medical assistance including the completion of a medical rape kit. A mental health professional may also be contacted by the Campus Police or the Vice President of Student Services or his designee. All students will be encouraged to contact the Campus Police or the Midland Police Department. Midland College personnel will assist the student with notifying the necessary authorities. Victims of sexual offenses and Midland College residents will be given information concerning counseling, mental health, and other resources available for victims of sex offenses. Victims of alleged sex offenses will be notified by the Vice President of Student Services or his or her designee of the options for changing a victim’s academic and/or living situation as requested by the victim and as is reasonably available. In cases of sexual offenses, the Midland College Due Process procedure will be followed. These procedures are located in the Student Handbook. Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. Compliance with this paragraph does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g). For the purpose of this paragraph, the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the
DISSEMINATING INFORMATION ON CAMPUS CRIME (DAILY CRIME LOG)
The MCPD is dedicated to keeping the MC Community informed about criminal activity occurring on campus. A daily summary of reported crimes is published on the MCPD’s web page, Daily Crime & Activity Log. The Daily Crime & Activity Log is also available for review at the MCPD located at in the Scharbauer Student Center room 136, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Information in the crime log typically includes the type of call, date reported, date and time incident occurred, case number, general location, description of the call, and disposition of each crime.
The MCPD will develop timely warning notices for the College Community to notify members of the community about serious crimes against people that occur on campus when it is determined that the incident may pose a continuing threat to members of the MC community. These warnings will be distributed if an incident is reported either to the MCPD directly or indirectly through a local police agency.
The department issues/posts Crime Alerts for the following incidents:
• Criminal Homicide
• Aggravated Assault (cases involving assaults among known parties, such as two roommates fighting which results in an aggravated injury, will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if the individual is believed to be an on-going threat to the larger MC community)
• Robbery involving force or violence (cases including pick pocketing and purse snatching will typically not result in the issuance of a Crime Alert, but will be assessed on a case by case basis)
• Sexual Assault (considered on a case by case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, and the amount information known by the MCPD)
• Other crimes as determined necessary by the Chief of Police or designee
A timely warning notice will typically include the following, unless issuing any of this information would risk compromising law enforcement efforts:
• Date and time or timeframe of the incident
• A brief description of the incident
• Information that will promote safety and potentially aid in the prevention of similar crimes (crime prevention or safety tips)
• Suspect description(s) when deemed appropriate and if there is sufficient detail
• MCPD contact information
• Other information as deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police or designee
MCPD will draft an email containing the proposed Crime Alert and forward it to Media Relations for review. Media Relations will revise the text as needed, and then transmit the email containing the Crime Alert to the College Community as a blast email. Updates to the MC community about any particular case resulting in a crime alert also may be distributed electronically via blast email or posted on the MC Web site.
Crime Alerts may also be posted in campus buildings, when deemed necessary. When a Crime Alert is posted in campus buildings, it shall be posted in the lobby/entrance for seven (7) days.
The department does not issue Crime Alerts for the above listed crimes if:
1. The MCPD apprehends the subject(s) and the threat of imminent danger for members of the MC community have been mitigated by the apprehension.
2. If a report was not filed with the MCPD or if the MCPD was not notified of a crime in a manner that would allow the department to post a “timely” warning for the community. This type of situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if the MCPD will post a Crime Alert to the community.
The MCPD also maintains a daily crime log which is normally updated each business day and contains all crimes reported to the MCPD. The information is posted on the MC website.
The MCPD encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of all criminal offenses.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL (432) 685-4734 or 911.
To report a criminal incident on campus, call (432) 685-4734. The Midland College Police Department is accessible 24 hours a day to answer your call. In response to a call, the department will take the information, send an officer, and if necessary, contact the emergency personnel from other agencies such as the fire department or ambulance service. If necessary, the officer will complete a police report after the necessary action has been taken. Officers are dispatched on a priority basis according to the seriousness of the calls received. Calls of an emergency nature are dispatched immediately. A person reporting a non-emergency incident may expect to experience a short delay.
Sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault are serious felony crimes, and Midland College considers it imperative to provide sexual assault awareness programs, such as the Rape Aggression Defense Program, aimed at the prevention of such crimes.
Sexual offenses include, but are not limited to, some form of forced or non-consensual intercourse, indecent exposure, or indecency with a child, fondling, and range from Class C misdemeanors to second degree felonies. The victims of these crimes should report the crime to the MCPD immediately.
VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
A victim of sexual assault that has occurred on campus should notify the MCPD immediately. Other campus personnel such as residence hall personnel or counselors may assist in reporting the sexual assault to the MCPD. If the assault occurred outside of the MC campus, the local police department where the assault occurred should be called. Campus officials will assist the victim with contacting local law enforcement if requested.
The victim should not bathe, douche, or change clothes after the assault in order to preserve evidence necessary for the proof of criminal sexual assault. The victim will need to go to a hospital emergency room for a sexual assault examination once the police have been notified. A friend of the victim may take him/her to the hospital or a police officer can provide transportation. The police officer will need to obtain a statement describing the details of the assault.
The sexual assault victim has an option to choose a pseudonym (fictitious name) and address to maintain confidentiality. The pseudonym will be assigned at the victim’s request. A victim of sexual assault who lives on campus may request to change his/her living and academic situation. All efforts to carry out these requests will be made by Midland College if such changes are reasonably available.
If a member of the MC community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he/she should immediately notify MCPD at 432-685-4734. MCPD will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
After investigating the missing person report, should MCPD determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, MCPD will notify the Midland Police Department and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, MC will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after MCPD has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
Pursuant to the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000”, all states that register sex offenders are required to develop procedures to obtain from the sex offenders information regarding institutions of higher education in that state where the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. The registration information is to be made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located beginning October 2002. In Texas, information regarding registered sex offenders may be obtained at Texas Department of Public Safety (https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/SorNew/index.aspx) or by contacting the police department where the sex offender is registered.
State of Texas (Texas Education Code, Section 37.151-37.157 and Section 51.936) Violators can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Penalties may include imprisonment, fines, and community service.
If the Dean of Students determines that an incident of hazing has occurred, penalties may be imposed upon both the individual(s) and the organization(s) involved.
Becoming more aware of what constitutes hazing and informing students of the risks and dangers of hazing are steps that will help eliminate hazing. All members of the MC community share the responsibility to make known to the Dean of Students’ Office and/or local law enforcement agency acts of apparent hazing. Individuals who participate in acts of hazing as perpetrators or victims are personally accountable.
Alleged violations of hazing should be reported to the MCPD or the appropriate law enforcement agency and the Dean of Students’ Office.
DRUG FREE SCHOOLS AND CAMPUSES ACT
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, is intended to combat substance abuse on college campuses through methods of punishment, rehabilitation, and prevention. This Act requires that colleges certify that annual alcohol and drug information is distributed to each employee and student. This information must include the consequences of unlawful drug or alcohol possession, as well as information about available drug and alcohol counseling.
At a minimum, in complying with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, the MCPD “Annual Campus Fire & Safety Report (Clery Report)” includes the standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on MC premises or as part of any MC sponsored activities.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs (as defined by the Texas Penal Code) on campus is a violation of state law and violators will be prosecuted. State laws relating to alcoholic beverages, as defined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, will be strictly enforced. Possession and/or use of alcoholic beverages on campus are prohibited.
CRIME PREVENTION AND SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAMS
MCPD places a high priority on crime prevention. While it is impossible to prevent all crimes, MCPD believes that persons can be made aware of ways to reduce their chances of becoming victims. MCPD provides a wide range of services and educational programs designed to promote campus security and that aid in anticipating and minimizing potential dangers to the population and property of the College.
Anyone desiring information on crime prevention programs or related literature may contact the Midland College Police Department at 432-685-4734.
• Never pick up hitchhikers.
• Do not get close to a vehicle if you are walking.
• Have your keys out and ready.
• Make an inspection of the exterior and interior before you enter your vehicle. Once inside, lock all doors and windows.
• Park in well-lighted areas. Do not park where suspicious persons are loitering.
• Trust and follow your instincts.
• Keep doors and windows locked at all times. All exterior doors should be equipped with deadbolt locks.
• If you do not have a peephole, request that one be installed.
• Know whom to call in an emergency.
• Do not open your door for anyone you do not know. If a person in uniform knocks and you did not call for assistance, contact the person’s place of employment to verify the reason for the visit.
• Use outside lighting and keep shrubbery trimmed around windows and doors.
• Never leave your personal property unsecured or unattended.
• Look around and be aware of your surroundings when you enter and exit a building.
• Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
• Be aware of your surroundings and think about how you would defend yourself. Develop a “game plan” for prevention.
• Avoid walking alone, particularly after dark. If walking alone is unavoidable, be aware of your surroundings.
• Walk with confidence and determination, holding your head up. Look behind and around you frequently.
• Avoid shortcuts. The shortest route is not always the safest route.
• Dress for mobility, particularly after dark.
• Carry your personal belongings in a backpack or similar container that will enable your arms and hands to be free at all times.
• Never allow someone to predict your route of travel. Whether you are driving, biking, walking or jogging, frequently alter your route between campus and your residence.
• Know your sexual limits and communicate them clearly and firmly.
• Do not allow your body language to send a different message than what you are verbally communicating.
• Avoid the use of mind-altering drugs (including alcohol).
• Listen to and respond to your instincts. They are usually correct.
• Never accept a ride from someone you do not know well.
• Report any obscene, annoying, or threatening telephone calls to the MCPD.
Residence Halls :
• Never prop your door open, even if you will be gone for only a few minutes.
• Always lock doors, screens, and windows to prevent uninvited access to your residence.
• Do not go inside your residence if you return and find that the door is ajar. Immediately notify the police.
• Do not give anyone a key to your room. If you lose your room key, report it immediately to your Residence Advisor.
• Do not leave valuables in plain sight. Register, engrave, mark, and/or photograph all your valuables, including bicycles, stereos, jewelry, vehicles, computers, etc.
• Never let strangers or acquaintances into your residence hall or apartment. This puts you and others at risk.
• Never allow anyone to follow behind you when going into the residence hall.
• Know your neighbors. Be aware of suspicious persons and activities. If you observe someone or something suspicious, notify the residence hall staff and the MCPD.
See Something….Say Something
ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT
Every year, during the Spring Semester, the Campus Police Department will gather data from Student Services as well as from the Midland Police Department and its own records in preparation for publishing the annual statistical report. The Vice Presidents of Student Services and Administration will review the material prior to publication in order to ascertain that all relevant data is included. Once the data has been approved, the statistics will be prepared and distributed as Appendix 1 to the Annual Report required by the Clery Act. The statistical report will include non-arrest incidents resulting in referrals for campus disciplinary action for Liquor Law Violations, Drug Law Violations, and Illegal Weapons Possession.
The mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.
Room 136, Scharbauer Student Center
MC Main Campus, 3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Phone: 432-685-4734 or (Emergency 432-685-4911)