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June 13, 2016

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, June 13, 2016

Our thoughts are with those families who have lost a loved one and first responders who may have been injured responding to the active shooter/hostage situation in Orlando this past weekend. 

TCC Police and Emergency Management have been busy preparing for two kinds of threats, hurricanes as well as active shooters. My staff has been trained to deliver Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training. This training program is based off a national model that follows the latest in recommendations on how to deal with active shooter events. We have delivered the class to one department and have a second one scheduled. GW Lupton is your point of contact for this training. You may find some of this training intense, but I promise you, you will not leave the training wondering what you should do! 

For more information regarding TCC's potential threats and emergency preparedness, visit the Emergency Management page​

The second threat I want you to be prepared for is hurricanes. Our goal is to prepare you both here at work and at home. GW and Michael Younger are here to assist should you have any questions, and many of the TCC Building Captains have also received information via GW. 

As a College, TCC is prepared. I have met with the leadership in Plant Operations and representatives from Marketing and Communications. TCCAlerts will be the best source for up to the minute information on preparedness for hurricanes and tropical storms, and the Emergency Management page will also provide information regarding the College’s emergency preparedness. Please remember, each of the counties that make up our service district have a unique set of challenges when it comes to weather. Leon County may not be affected in the same way that Gadsden or Wakulla County may be.

President Jim Murdaugh will make decisions on TCC’s operational hours based on a number of factors to include but not limited to: statewide emergency planning and declarations, National Weather Service bulletins, Leon County Emergency Management information and our education partner’s response plans. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. 

Unless you receive specific information about TCC being closed via an official source, we will be open. If your home is outside the Leon County area and have questions about reporting to work, you must speak with your supervisor first for direction. 

If you have any questions about CRASE or hurricane preparedness please feel to reach out to us via phone (850) 201-6100 or e-mail campuspolice@tcc.fl.edu

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Sexual Assault Prevention

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, April 11, 2016

TCC Community, 

April is a particularly important month for our community. This month is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. While your safety and security are important every day, we would like to focus additional attention to the prevention of sexual assaults. For those who have been a victim of sexual assault, we would like to continue to commit our efforts to helping those victims connect to resources and advocacy that is available to them now. 

Locally, The Refuge House is our primary community partner for help with any and all forms of relationship-related threats of violence and recovery from abuse, both mental and physical. You can contact Refuge House toll free (800) 500-1119 or locally (850) 681-2111, or visittheir website for more information. Look for posters and brochures available across campus and at our information kiosk in the Student Union. 

Nationally, a great website has been built through a cooperative effort of many federal agencies. The website is titled “Not Alone”, the name speaks for itself. I invite you to take a few moments to browse their site here

Here at TCC, we have been very busy working to increase access to services and programs designed to keep us safe and connect those who need help with resources.  Let me take time to share what we have been doing: 

  • TCC Campus Climate Survey - This was our inaugural survey to gauge students’ perceptions and experiences related to sexual violence. Survey respondents were asked about their experiences with sexual violence prevention training, their opinions about how the College and their community responds to instances of sexual violence, and about their own experience of sexual violence. Additionally, the survey includes questions about students’ overall sense of connection to the College and their peers. We will be working on an action plan to address areas where we can build a stronger and closer knit TCC community. 
  • Formation of a “Clery Committee” - Campus leaders comprised of TCC Police, Student Affairs, Human Resources and the College Equity Office meet on a regular basis to ensure that our student’s safety needs are being met and those students in need of service and access to assistance find help.  
  • State Attorney’s Sexual Assault Prevention Work Group - since January of this year, TCC’s Title IX Coordinator and I have participated in this work- group which is focused on prevention, advocacy and conducting trauma-informed sexual assault and relationship violence related investigations. All local law enforcement agencies, higher education Title IX coordinators, the Florida Council against Domestic Violence and Refuge House comprise this team. 
  • TCC Victim Advocate Grant - the College has applied to receive grant funding for a victim advocate who would provide direct service to the TCC community. Our area law enforcement and advocacy partners are very supportive of our grant request. We hope to hear about our application request this summer. 
  • TCC Grant to Reduce Domestic and Relationship Violence on Campus - the College has additionally applied for a federal grant to specifically address prevention and education of domestic and relationship violence on campus. This would provide our community with additional resources dedicated to reducing victimization of our community members. 
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) - TCC police with the support of the TCC Foundation has implemented RAD classes on our campus. RAD has been very successful with our students, faculty and staff who have successfully completed the program.  For more information about RAD check out our website. 
  • TCC Policy - our College’s District Board of Trustees and the Executive Team have revised and updated our College policies to ensure relationship violence, harassment, stalking and discrimination in any form is a violation of College policy and the Student Conduct Code.   
  • We will continue to aggressively investigate any complaints of violations of our College policies and state laws. We will respect your rights and requests as to how we address violations within our community.    

In closing, I would like to ask for your help. In order for us to reach our goal of keeping our community safe and better connected, take some time to be involved on campus. Your involvement can come in many forms of action. Feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me, my email is summersc@tcc.fl.edu. If I do not know the answer, I will find the right person to answer your question. If you witness problems on campus, intervene if you feel safe doing so, or if the situation is not safe, contact a faculty, staff member or TCC Police (850) 201-6100.    

Please continue to trust our campus leadership to make the right decisions and be involved in the process. Together, we can our community make better than ever before.   

Stay safe!        


Ghazvini Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Thursday, February 11, 2016

​TCC Community:

On Tuesday, TCC Police began an investigation into a complaint of a sexual assault that occurred at the Ghazvini Health Education Center. Based on the complexity of an investigation of this nature, I requested the assistance of the Tallahassee Police Department. Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit assumed the lead role in this investigation. An arrest warrant was issued for the identified suspect in this incident. This afternoon, the US Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Abraham Y. Petros. Petros has been charged with one count of sexual battery and was brought to the Leon County Detention Facility.

Both the victim and the defendant in this case are TCC students. TCC has begun an investigation of this incident as required by federal statutes, while the Office of the State Attorney will receive the criminal case for prosecution. The Refuge House met with the victim and provided advocacy services on the day of the incident.

I want to thank our partner agencies for helping us with this case. 

I would like to use this opportunity to remind our community members to continue to be vigilant about your safety and surroundings. If you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, please contact law enforcement. 

  • If you believe it is an emergency call 911. 
  • On campus, TCC Police can be reached via (850) 201-6100.
  • Off campus, Consolidated Dispatch can be reached via (850) 606-5800.

Report of Sexual Assault at TCC Ghazvini Center

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Tuesday, February 9, 2016

​TCC Community:

The TCC Police Department and the Tallahassee Police Department are investigating a delayed report of a sexual assault that occurred at the Ghazvini Center for Health Education earlier this morning.

The suspect has been described as a B/M, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 145 pounds. The suspect is believe to be in the age range of 20-30. The suspect was last seen wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and Ray Ban style sunglasses. The suspect left the area in a smaller model  dark colored 4 door vehicle.

The victim has some knowledge of the suspect’s identity and is working with investigators at this time. If anyone has any knowledge about this incident please contact TCCPD at (850) 201-6100 or you may also utilize Silent Witness via the TCCPD webpage.

I would recommend students continue to be cautious about their surroundings. TCCPD will provide enhanced patrol to our campus areas of the next several days during class hours. Please do not hesitate to call TCCPD for escort assistance.

I will provide you further information when appropriate.


Leon County Sheriff's Office Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Symposium

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Wednesday, January 13, 2016

​TCC Community:

Welcome Back!  I hope the new year is off to a great start for everyone.

I want to take a few moments to share some information you may be interested in learning about.  During the next few weeks, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting two events that will center on safety and awareness.

The first is the active shooter and workplace violence symposium being held right here in Turner Auditorium next Tuesday evening 6p-8p.  Please see their flyer for more information and RSVP instructions:

lcso active-shooter-and-workplace-violence-symposium.pdfLCSI Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Symposium

The second event is the LCSO Citizens Police Academy beginning February 9 – April 12, 2016.  This is a great opportunity for citizens living in Leon County to learn about the Sheriff’s Office and the wide array of services they provide.  Please see their brochure for the details:

LCSO CA brochure1.pdfLCSO Citizens Police Academy

Or contact LCSO at 850-922-3300 for further information.

Your safety is important to TCC Police Department while on campus or out in the surrounding community.


Rape-Aggression-Defense-Class-Spring-2016

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, January 4, 2016

​TCC Community:

Welcome Back!

I am pleased to announce that the Tallahassee Community College Police Department is offering free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) classes for women during the Spring 2016 Semester.

Come learn about awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance, and the basics of hands-on defense training. This is not a martial arts course. This is a twelve-hour class, broken up into four, three-hour sessions offered during the evenings, or two, six-hour sessions offered during weekends. You must attend all sessions within the class you choose, although simulations are voluntary. R.A.D. offers a free lifetime return and practice policy.

The Spring 2016 Schedule is:

  • February 9, 11, 16, 18 - 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • April 9 and 16 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

There is class size limit of 12 students, so sign up today! Please contact Officer Carrie Allen at allenca@tcc.fl.edu to register.


Holiday Break and Crime Prevention

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, December 7, 2015

​TCC Community:

I wanted to take a moment and wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season. 

Many of you will be leaving Tallahassee for the holidays but unfortunately some of our local criminals will remain in town to commit crime while you are gone. 

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office will provide enhanced patrol efforts during the holidays. There are some additional precautions I would recommend you consider before you leave:

  • Contact the Consolidated Dispatch Center at (850) 606-5800 to an extra patrol/house check for your residence.
  • Leave  your contact information posted where a police officer or deputy would find it if they had to come into your home.
  • If you  have a local friend who will check on your residence ensure that information has been shared with law enforcement via your extra protection request.
  • Consider securing valuables, jewelry and firearms with friends while you are gone or take them with you if possible.
  • Complete an updated personal inventory with manufacturer’s  model and serial numbers as well as photos of your valuables.
  • Utilize timers to turn on lights and play the radio while you are gone.
  • Stop the mail and newspapers, see if a neighbor can help you with trash pick-up.

Anything you do to cause some question in the criminals mind is a deterrence and will make them look for a better target.

When you are shopping, take precautions with personally identifiable information and your credit/debit cards. Please secure packages in your trunks and lock your car doors. The vast majority of auto burglaries are from unsecured vehicles.

These are a few tips you can use. Feel free to contact our local law enforcement agencies for additional information.

For those of you staying local, please do not hesitate to report suspicious information. You can report suspicious information anonymously, but leaving your name and number will allow for law enforcement to ask you additional questions that may be crucial to making an arrest.

Once again, on behalf of TCC Police, have a happy holiday and we look forward to seeing all of you next year.


Sexual Offender/Predator Public Service Announcement

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Friday, November 6, 2015

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has posted a relatively new public service announcement regarding a notification process enabling you to receive alerts about sex offenders who have changed addresses and moved into your neighborhood.  

Please visit offender.fdle.state.fl.us for more information.  

TCC Police Department’s webpage also continues to maintain a link to the FDLE sexual offender/predator website and toll free information line (1-888-357-7332). Offender searches include a feature to identify an offender or predator who has enrolled, is employed or volunteering at an institute of higher education. 

Visit www.tcc.fl.edu/Current/PoliceDepartment/Pages/Sexual-Predator-Offender-Information for more information.

Please have a safe weekend.


Rape Aggression Defense Class

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I am pleased to announce that the Tallahassee Community College Police Department is offering a free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) class for women.

Come learn about awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance, and the basics of hands-on defense training. This is not a martial arts course. This is a twelve-hour class, broken up into four, three-hour sessions. R.A.D. is offered across the United States and students who graduate can return to any location R.A.D. is offered to practice for free.   

The class will be offered November 10, 12, 17, and 19, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lifetime Sports Complex.   

There is class size limit of 12 students, so sign up today! Please contact Officer Carrie Allen at allenca@tcc.fl.edu to register.  


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I wanted to take a moment and share with you information about a very important topic. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Many of us have been affected directly or indirectly by domestic or relationship violence. Its impact can be felt in the workplace and the classroom as well. No one should have to face this situation alone.  

Our community has many resources available to help. TCC has partnered with Refuge House for advocacy and emergency assistance related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Along with Refuge House, TCC Mental Health Services and our Police Department stand ready to assist. 

Also, I invite you take a look at the below resources and share them with anyone who may be involved in an abusive relationship. These is not a substitute for working with a well-trained advocate, but can certainly serve as a reference for you. 

  1. How to spot warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
  2. How you can help a friend or family member
  3. A student’s guide to safety planning

In addition, there are a number of national organizations who can provide more information, including: 

My hope is that this information may help someone who is in need and that they seek help. 

Contact Local and Campus Resources:

Refuge House: (800) 500-1119

TCC Mental Health Services: (850) 201-7726

TCC Police Department: (850) 201-6100


[UPDATE] Event at Umpqua Community College

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Friday, October 2, 2015

TCC Community:   

We are now learning more information about the Umpqua Community College tragedy yesterday.    

As I shared with you yesterday, we will be out on campus patrolling and I have asked Sheriff Wood and Chief DeLeo for any additional coverage they can assist with on our outlying campus facilities.   

We are in a very challenging time in our country with many complex issues to address. Like many of you, I do not believe there is one simple solution. Your law enforcement agencies, local, state and federal are in communication on an on-going basis. 

Please continue to share information with us, your information may help prevent a tragedy. If you know of anyone who may be having a difficult time emotionally and in need of assistance please contact TCC Mental Health Services at (850) 201-7726 or TCCPD at (850) 201-6100. You can also call Big Bend 211, our local crisis hotline, by dialing “211” on your phone.   

Be Safe and Stay Alert.

Thank you.


Event at Umpqua Community College

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Thursday, October 1, 2015

TCC Community:

We are all saddened by the mass homicide at the Umpqua Community College earlier today. Please keep the students, faculty and staff in your thoughts. 

We will learn more over the next several hours and days. At this time, I have not learned of a specific motive the gunman may have had. I understand there is growing discussion on social media but no confirmations via major media outlets. The gunman appears to be dead. Reports have ranged from 9-15 college community members dead and up to 20 wounded.   

Our officers at TCC will be patrolling our campus at a heightened state of readiness.  We will also ask our local law enforcement partners to assist us with extra patrol around our campus locations over the next few days.  

  • Students, please take some time to review emergency information contained in your Student Handbook and Planner along with the TCCPD website​
  • Faculty and Staff, please take some time to look at the Campus Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and the Facility Emergency Response Plan (FERP) 
  • TCC Building Captains have a copy of the FERP and you can also access our CEMP here​

Knowing what to do before a stressful event can help you a great deal if and when a critical incident occurs.   


Past incidents have taught us information exchange can be vital to the identification and prevention of life threatening incidents.  We have many methods to share information on campus. 

You may learn of information about a specific person or event that may be odd or suspicious.  Please trust TCC Officials to handle information that in a professional manner in order to keep our community safe.   

Thank you for your attention and taking the time to be prepared.  


The Law and Your Community

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Thursday, September 17, 2015

Law and Your Community 9-17-15 WEB.jpgThe Law & Your Community is a hands-on interactive training program for young people designed to improve their communications with law enforcement officers and their understanding of their federal, state and local laws.   

I was honored to share this workshop with approximately 20 TCC students today. Thanks to Mike Coleman and Emily Fox from TCC Campus and Civic Engagement for coordinating the event at the student union. We were joined by members from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Their team was comprised of command and supervisory members from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FSU PoliceDepartment and Tallahassee Police Department

The goal of the workshop was to educate the community about safe and meaningful ways to interact with law enforcement during traffic stops, investigative encounters and any situations community members wished to ask about. The workshop culminated with three interactive scenarios our community members were able to act out. The scenarios were fun yet contained a serious message for our group. Many of the workshop participants remained at the event after the conclusion to ask questions and meet with NOBLE members.   

I believe everyone enjoyed the event and will share their positive experiences with their friends. My goal will be to invite NOBLE back to TCC to present the workshop again very soon. Your safety on and off campus is important to the members of TCC PD. Anything we can do to improve those chances is time well spent.


Safety Alert for TCC Community Regarding Off Campus Abduction Attempts

Chris Summer, Chief of Police Friday, August 21, 2015

During a press conference Thursday, the Tallahassee Police Department​ (TPD) released information​ information regarding the investigation of a series of attempted abductions currently being investigated by TPD and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.   

The majority of incidents have occurred within the Call, Conradi and Chapel Drive neighborhoods near campus at various times of the day.  There were three other incidents outside of this area. Two incidents  were reported on Miccosukee Rd near Dax Court and Miccosukee Commons. The third incident was located at the 600 block of Lafayette St.   

As TPD Chief DeLeo recommends in the release, please travel in groups, stay in well-lit areas, keep your cellphone with you and be aware if you are wearing headphones, you may not hear someone approach you from behind.   

Please contact TPD with any further questions or information at (850) 891-4200.   

I would ask you to please share this information with friends and family who may not have access to the Tallahassee Democrat or email. 

For more information: tallahasseedemocrat.fl.newsmemory.com.​


August 10, 2015

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, August 10, 2015

I hope all of you enjoyed a great summer and are preparing for a successful fall semester. I too enjoyed a great summer. Most of my wife’s family resides in Colorado and Arizona and our family had the opportunity to meet in the Pensacola area for a reunion of sorts. Additionally, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar dedicated to the study and implementation of “Predicative Policing” which I would like to write more about in a later blog. 

It is my responsibility to constantly assess the methods we utilize to maintain the safety of all of our community members. 

Today, I wish to take a few moments to provide to you with my perspective of the national discussion regarding police departments on college and university campuses. 

Much debate has surrounded the recent, tragic incident involving a University Of Cincinnati Police Officer and a motorist. The motorist was shot and killed by the police officer. The officer has been indicted by a grand jury and this incident will be handled by the courts. The national discussion centers on necessity of campus police and the level of training for campus police officers, which is where I would like to provide some information and my perspective.   

Necessity 

What is necessary can be subjective. However, we can all agree that a safe and secure learning environment is the bedrock under which our faculty are able to teach and our students are able to learn. I see this as my greatest responsibility as your Chief. If my department is successful in our efforts, we have done our job to help support the strategic priority of TCC – student success. 

TCCPD can respond to most calls on campus on the average of one minute and eight seconds, and any call involving the potential for serious injuries cuts that response time significantly. Our law enforcement partners within the city and county set goals of being able to respond to critical priority calls within 5 minutes. We in public safety and risk management know that the first few minutes of any critical incident and how it is managed is crucial to the overall outcome of that event. 

On a day-to-day basis, we know that our presence has a deterrent effect on the commission of criminal acts. This is continually studied by law enforcement scholars and studies show that when applied correctly, police presence has a significant deterrent effect on crime. Our Board of Trustees, President and Executive Team believe this and support the continued investment and funding of our police department at TCC. We do not have to look too far down the road to see where a quick, professional, response by Florida State University Police and Tallahassee Police Departments mitigated what could have been an incident involving the loss of many lives. 

Level of Training 

All of our officers at TCCPD are state-certified law enforcement officers with full arrest powers. To maintain certification in our state, officers must maintain a level of training similar to continuing education requirements or CEU’s in other professions. The CEU’s for police officers involve high liability qualifications such as firearms and defensive tactics. Additionally, officers must comply with training mandates that provide officers with best practice updates on topics such as domestic violence, child abuse and exploitation, and professional traffic stops/anti –profiling. Florida is a nationally recognized leader in law enforcement training and certification. 

TCC Police Officers participate in a number of advanced training opportunities at the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) addressing use of force issues, active shooter, major case investigations, line supervision, field training officer certification and crime scene management. 

In addition to mandatory continuing education and attendance at select advanced training classes through FPSI, we have been on the leading edge of the most contemporary training subject matter involving “Police Legitimacy” and “Fair and Impartial Policing”. I am particularly proud to have brought training in “Police Legitimacy” to TCCPD before any of the other larger law enforcement agencies in our area. Training is a continuous process at TCCPD. 

IMG_0546webedit.jpgState Law Enforcement Accreditation 

My predecessor Chief David Hendry (pictured far right) brought law enforcement accreditation to TCCPD in 2013. TCCPD was the first state college to achieve this distinction. Today, we continue to maintain our accreditation complying with many nationally accepted best practices. This is an extra effort to keep our police department among the best in our state and the nation.  

Continuous Assessment of Service Delivery 

It is my job to continually assess how we are doing in the delivery of public safety services to you. I do this through a combination of the review of our dispatch data for our calls for assistance, offense report review, committee participation and speaking with TCC community members. I expect my supervisors, Lt. Rabon and Sgt. Gibson to do the same. 

It is very important for me to ensure we have the right resources in the right areas of campus at the right time of day.  We accomplish this through a mixed utilization of bicycle, golf-cart, foot and vehicle patrol.  The goal is to provide the visible deterrence to prevent those considering committing a crime to think different. We also like to create an opportunity to educate our community through safety and prevention tips. 

So in the end, it is my judgment that TCCPD is an integral part of the College community and does its part to help provide the environment for our students to succeed. I feel confident we are trained and equipped to meet this mission. It is my responsibility to constantly assess the methods we utilize to maintain the safety of all of our community members. I am thankful for the trust and confidence many of you share with me or my department each day. 

I welcome the opportunity to speak with any individual or organization within the TCC community.  Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime via email​ or phone at (850) 201-6100.​


April 7, 2015

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Tuesday, April 7, 2015
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, I wanted to take a moment and share with you a number of events that the TCC Police Department will be supporting. I hope you take some time to help support them as well. 

Refuge House has partnered with Tallahassee Community College to provide a wide range of advocacy services relating to the prevention of domestic, relationship violence and rape crisis, all of which are available for any student, faculty or staff member at TCC. They will be hosting a community awareness event at Lake Ella on April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a number of community groups setting up information tables and Refuge House will be providing refreshments.  

Additionally, Refuge House will be hosting a 5K run on Sunday, April 19 at Jake Gaither Community Center. Please refer to their website for further information: www.refugehouse.com

Another important organization, Big Bend Victim AssistanceCoalition (BBVAC) will be hosting their annual Jill McArthur Victims’ Rights Week Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Monday, April 20 at Capital City Country Club. For more information about this event, please contact Fawnisha Brown with Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200. 

TCC PD is committed to our mission of providing a safe learning environment for our community. Education, prevention and awareness programs are a critical piece to this mission and I rely on our community partners to help us in this endeavor. 

Each and every member of our community can play an important role in maintaining a safe campus. 

If you have been a vi​ctim of any form of violence, harassment or abuse, please reach out for help. If the incident(s) have occurred at your home off campus, contact the police or sheriff’s department at (850) 606-5800. Both agencies have victim advocates to assist you. If you feel more comfortable beginning this process with TCC PD, please call us at (850) 201-6100 and we will be glad to assist you with reporting to either of our local law enforcement agencies as well as contacting Refuge house to help you with any advocacy needs. 

If you know of someone who has or is experiencing any type relational violence, please encourage them to seek help. If this is happening at TCC please report this to my department. If you feel uncomfortable coming directly to the police department, you may report the incident to any of the following Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s):

  • Student Affairs
  • Athletic Coaches and Athletic Director
  • Advisors to Student Groups
  • Campus and Civic Engagement
  • Disability Support Services
  • Administrators at all satellite campus locations
  • Police Department members   

You can also report the incident using Silent Witness, a program that allows you to report crimes or incidents that occur on campus anonymously. It is very important for us to know about crimes on campus so that we may be able to take steps to prevent further crimes. 

It is important to hold those people responsible for harming our community. If you witness any form of violence, harassment or abuse, know that there is strength in numbers. By intervening and providing assistance however you can, you send a message that you do not condone that type of behavior here at TCC. For additional information about safety and awareness:

  • Jessica from the Refuge House discusses safety and Refuge House services: VIDEO
  • US Government’s website on the prevention of sexual assaultwww.notalone.gov​   

Thank you for your contribution to making TCC a great place.


February 18, 2015

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TCC Community:   

This is an update for the TCC community on efforts we have made to better secure the campus since the June 10, 2014 incident on campus involving a person with a handgun.   

The following actions were taken as a result of the incident: 

  • Reviewed the incident from a safety and security standpoint with a goal of revising any processes and protocols identified as deficient. 
  • Reviewed and assessed our current ability to lock down the campus. 
  • Provided recommendations on how to enhance our ability to secure classrooms. 
  • Provided a longer-term solution to a campus-wide remote lock-down capability.     

E.E. Eunice, chair of the Safety and Security Committee, organized a special ad-hoc committee led by Monte Finkelstein. The ad-hoc committee’s report addressed the following key issues: 

  • TCC Alerts process modifications 
  • Physical security improvements on main campus 
  • Need for continued training both on a college-wide level and within individual departments 
  • Enhanced TCC Emergency Communications Operations Plan for critical incidents    

TCC Alert process modifications: 

  • Future alerts will include a building name and number. 
  • A process has been developed to broadcast a general alert with an immediate safety directive. This alert will be followed by an updated alert within approximately 15 minutes that provides more specific information about the incident. Follow-up messages may direct the TCC community to the TCC website for more in-depth information. 
  • TCC Alerts are now facilitated through RAVE Alert, replacing BlackBoard Alert. Note that you will receive text alerts to your cell phone faster than any other alert notification. 
  • Alertus has replaced Net-Notify as the software product that manages and sends alerts to computers and telephones on campus. 

Follow the directions given by TCC Police and do not advise others to do things that are contrary to what the alert has instructed.   

Physical security improvements on main campus: 

  • As a short-term solution, we are installing locksets on rooms that could not lock or could only key-lock from outside of classroom. This is in process now and will be complete before the start of the Fall 2015 semester. 
  • For a long-term solution, we are currently in the planning stage of a process to migrate to single electronic lock solution for entire campus. 
  • We are in the process of securing Department of Homeland Security funds to expand camera system capabilities on campus.     

Safety and security training on campus: 

  • Continue with campus-wide building captains training, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) basic training, other training as appropriate.  
  • Training is available in person and will be available online as soon as modules are built to work within Canvas. 
  • Department-based training and awareness will be set up by department directors and TCCPD.  Please contact me via email or 201-6100.      

TCC Emergency Communications Plan enhancements: 

  • The TCC Emergency Communications Plan has been refined to incorporate National Incident Management System language and recommendations. 
  • Roles and responsibilities within the Office of Communications and Marketing​ have been refined to ensure critical tasks are addressed during an emergency event at TCC.   

It is important to note that in the time of an emergency, faculty and staff should follow the TCCPD’s directions and not advise students to do anything different than those directions.   

I would like to thank the TCC community members who help keep our campus a safe place to learn and work. Please let me know if you have any questions on this or any other safety-related matters.  

Thank you, 

Chris Summers    ​


December 12, 2014

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Friday, December 12, 2014

​I hope this final blog for 2014 finds you well and ready for the holiday season. 

2014 has been an eventful year here at TCC, in our local community and across the nation. We have been tested with a number of events here on campus from firearm-related incidents to weather emergencies. From my perspective, we have learned quite a bit and have been able to improve a number of processes from these experiences.

As we move forward, we will continue to learn from the events happening locally and across the nation with the goal of gaining insights for implementing preventative measures here at TCC to make our campus even safer.

On behalf of the staff of TCC PD, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and come back to campus ready for a great new year.

One objective remains constant; a safe community begins with a solid foundation of trust amongst our community members and leaders. As I have had the privilege to meet many of you at different events, I have been encouraged to feel the sense of community that exists at our College. I will continue to encourage each of you to do your part to keep our campus community a safe place to learn.

Two recent events serve as proof to me that our students are doing their share. In one, a student oversaw two individuals conducting a drug transaction near the Workforce Development Building. The student alerted a staff member who contacted TCC PD. Our investigation resulted in the seizure of marijuana and instruments used in the sale of illegal drugs. The suspect, a student, was arrested and taken to jail. I am a firm believer that guns and drugs are a nexus to violent crime. If dealers believe they can sell drugs here on campus without fear of the community objecting they will. 

The second event was last week when a student contacted TCCPD to report two individuals pulling door handles on cars in one of our parking lots. Our investigation determined that the suspects entered at least one vehicle and stole a purse containing valuables. The purse was recovered and returned to the student that evening.

These are great examples of our students doing the right thing and helping us keep our campus safe.  As we enter the holiday season and a break from campus, I want to share this link with you all from the National Center for Campus Public Safety: www.nccpsafety.org/news/articles/holiday-safety-tips. They provide a series of tips and suggestions for you to think about both here on campus and at home, as well as while you are out shopping.

On behalf of the staff of TCC PD, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and come back to campus ready for a great new year.

Chris Summers 


Shooting at FSU Campus 11-20-14

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Thursday, November 20, 2014
TCC Community:

As many of you may know, there was a shooting at FSU’s Strozier Library early this morning. Please keep the victims and the entire FSU Community in your thoughts and prayers. We will monitor the events and offer any assistance should FSU PD or TPD make a request.

Please fight the temptation to spread information that has not been vetted or shared via official sources. If you believe you have information about this incident please contact TCC Police at (850) 201-6100 and ask to speak with a supervisor. If you know the FSU community members involved in this incident and need any assistance with coping with this event, please utilize our campus advocacy services or let me know personally. I will ensure we can get you some assistance. Big Bend 211 is a free and confidential telephone referral service all you need to do is dial “211”.

Our school has safety plans in place and we will be extra vigilant over the next few days. As you can see from this event and our own experiences here at TCC, your local law enforcement agencies work very well together.  We all rely on your cooperation and assistance to keep our community safe.  You all are a very important part of the safety equation.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions of us.

Stay Safe,

CS


September 22 2014

Chris Summers, Chief of Police Monday, September 22, 2014

I hope the beginning of the fall semester has been a smooth transition for all of you and you are settling in to a good routine.  

We experienced a rash of thefts the first week of classes. The suspects were stealing personal data devices that were left unattended. Please do not leave your valuables unattended, even for a few seconds because the theft can happen that fast. These types of crimes can be prevented very easily, by asking a friend to watch your valuables if you have to leave them. If you see someone who may be looking around as if they might be waiting for an opportunity to steal something, call our office at (850) 201-6100. Please make sure to provide a good description for our officers to work with. 

You may begin to see or read information about bystander intervention. Bystander intervention is a term that has been associated with your ability to intervene if you see a fellow student or friend possibly becoming victimized. The most common scenario centers on social settings where alcoholic beverages are being consumed. If you see where a friend or fellow student may have had too much to drink and is vulnerable to being victimized, you need to help and intervene. Sadly, some people go out with the specific intent to victimize another person. There have been many cases locally at clubs and parties where someone has mixed drugs into drinks and later assaulted a person. These incidents have obvious short-term but also long-term negative effects on a person’s life. 

In other news, TCCPD has begun a partnership with Refuge House in an effort to provide referral services to those students who may need confidential advocacy services. Additionally, our partnership will provide an avenue for students gain more information and training about personal safety. The video below discusses Refuge Houses’ service and some tips for about how to intervene in a situation that could result in an assault. 


Another great video was produced byNorth Carolina State University and discusses Bystander Intervention including some short video segments about how to intervene. I believe it is worth anyone’s time to watch it, not just students. 

TCC is in the process of developing more training for Faculty, Students and Staff dedicated to personal safety and how to report incidents of sexual assault, harassment, stalking and domestic violence. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact TCC Police Department for further information.  

Stay safe and enjoy your time at TCC.           ​


 
 
 

 

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As Chief of Police for Tallahassee Community College, it is my duty to protect and serve, but I also believe it is my duty to help the campus thrive. Creating a safe community where we can work together to cultivate a healthy, productive learning environment is my main goal. I want to get everyone thinking about safety and success.

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