February 21, 2008

INFOLIST: Boards' Meeting on Safety Moved

Three hours before its scheduled monthly meeting, the JCCC Board of Trustees has changed meeting times. In a message posted on the college's electronic mail server, Infolist, the board moved its meeting time up from 5 pm to 4 pm. The message gave no reason for the time change.

Part of the agenda includes an update on campus safety:

As an intermediate step as the college continues to evaluate the department of Public Safety versus a police department, JCCC Public Safety officers who are Kansas certified police officers will be issued OC “pepper” spray and a collapsible baton.

  • In most cases these officers have decades of law enforcement experience.
  • These officers are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education per year and qualify with a firearm to maintain their Kansas certification.
  • They will complete a 4-8 hour class and certification with OC spray.
  • They will complete a 4-8 hour class and certification with the baton.

All Public Safety officers will be issued and will be required to wear bullet-proof vests during their work shift.

Two fully-equipped police vehicles will be budgeted in the upcoming fiscal year.

There will be a web survey of the college community to determine views regarding the department of Public Safety versus a campus police department.

Access the Board Report (agenda) for this month's meeting here.

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