The Chief's Blog
Welcome to a new school year!
I wanted to take a moment to invite each of you to come to the Student Union tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25 to meet with many of our Tallahassee community safety and wellness organization representatives. TCCPD and the TCC Student Affairs have teamed up to present this meet and greet.
Our goal for this event is share community based resources that are available to you while you are here on campus and off campus.
We will culminate our safety and wellness event with a special presentation of “The Law and the Community” by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) at 1 p.m.
This is a great interactive event that highlights how to have positive interactions with law enforcement in potentially difficult situations. Law and the Community will be presented in the Student Union ballroom.
We look forward to meeting with many of you tomorrow. If you have any questions please respond to this email for further information.
As you may have heard, a travel-related case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Leon County. Though this case is not connected to TCC, our office of Emergency Management and Safety is working closely with the Florida Department of Health, Leon County Emergency Management and City of Tallahassee to ensure that we are ready to respond if Zika begins spreading locally.
We are also sharing information about how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. I've included two PDFs for you to download. The first provides information about how to prevent mosquito bites and decrease mosquito breeding:FL Health mosquito prevention.pdf. The second contains information about how to prevent transmission of Zika through sex:CDC on Zika through sex.pdf.
Links to that information online, plus several other resources, are provided below. Please review these resources and take the recommended steps to help protect yourself and your family:
Your safety is important to TCC, whether you are on campus or out in the community. We will pass along any additional information as appropriate.
Chief Chris Summers
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Campus Climate Survey - This was our inaugural survey to gauge students’
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
- 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
- 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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.
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.
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:
LCSI 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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.
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
Visit www.tcc.fl.edu/Current/PoliceDepartment/Pages/Sexual-Predator-Offender-Information for more information.
Please have a safe weekend.
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 email@example.com
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.
- How to spot warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
- How you can help a friend or family member.
- 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)
TCC Mental Health Services: (850) 201-7726
TCC Police Department: (850) 201-6100
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
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
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
Be Safe and Stay Alert.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For more information: tallahasseedemocrat.fl.newsmemory.com.
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.
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 –
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.
State Law Enforcement
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 victim 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
- Student Affairs
- Athletic Coaches and
- 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
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
Government’s website on the prevention of sexual assault: www.notalone.gov
Thank you for your contribution to making TCC a great place.
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
- 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
- Provided recommendations on how to enhance our ability to
- Provided a longer-term solution to a campus-wide remote
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
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
- For a long-term solution, we are currently in the planning
stage of a process to migrate to single electronic lock solution for entire
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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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