Police & College Safety: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Campus Safety


Campus Safety is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment that enhances the learning experience and complements the NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) educational mission.

As an integral part of the local community, NWACC shares many of the same crime and security challenges as the counties and cities in our area. Campus Safety investigates and follows up on all reports of criminal activity on campus. In some cases, officers are assisted in their investigations by other area law enforcement agencies. 

The Department of Public Safety office is located in the Center for Health Professions 1042, with satellite offices throughout the NWACC campus.

Campus Safety is staffed with both commissioned police officers and with non-commissioned security officers.

The department director and its police officers are duly commissioned law enforcement personnel whose police authority is derived from Arkansas State Statute # 25-17-304 which provides them with the same powers as any municipal, county, or state police agency in Arkansas. This includes powers of arrest. College police personnel work cooperatively with area law enforcement agencies in providing police services to NWACC.

In any emergency dial 9-1-1.

If you are dialing from a college-system telephone, dialing 9-1-1 will automatically connect you to the 9-1-1 operator. You do NOT have to dial 9-9-1-1.

After completing your call to the 9-1-1 operator, you should immediately contact the Department of Public Safety (619-4229) to inform the on-duty personnel of the emergency.


Emergency Procedure Resources:

All crimes of whatever nature should be initially reported to the Department of Public Safety. They can be contacted by telephone (619-4229), or in person by visiting their office in Burns Hall, Office #1205.

Unauthorized firearms and other dangerous weapons of any kind are not permitted in or around college facilities.

Crime Incident Report Form

Anonymous Incident Report Form

 

The recently enacted Laura's Law requires Arkansas police officers responding to domestic violence incidents to ask victims a set of questions to evaluate their risk of being killed by abuse, such as whether the offender has ever used a weapon against the victim or controls most of the victim's daily activities.

The assessment aims to help identify victims in severe danger needing intervention. Police will also present victims with a Laura's Card, a document listing their rights and contact information for local prosecutors and shelters. 

Local Resources:

  • Peace at Home Family Shelter, Fayetteville, AR: 1-877-422-9811
  • NWA Women's (and Men's) Shelter, Rogers, AR: 479-246-9999
  • NWA Center for Sexual Assault (formerly NWA Rape Crisis), Fayetteville, AR: 479-445-6448 
  • Ozark Guidance Center (Counseling/Substance Abuse), Bentonville, AR: 479-273-9088
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Children's Advocacy Center, Benton County, AR: 479-621-0385
  • NWA Children's Shelter, Bentonville, AR: 479-795-2417

Effective September 1, 2017

Provided all of the following conditions are met, the possession of concealed handguns in buildings and on the grounds of NorthWest Arkansas Community College is permitted under Arkansas Act 562 of 2017:

  • Carrier has a license to carry a concealed handgun
  • Carrier has completed additional endorsement training as approved by the Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police

Concealed means the handgun is shielded from observation and not viewable in public.

Not withstanding the above, a licensed carrier may store a concealed handgun in his or her locked vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.

Exceptions to the right to carry a concealed handgun include the following:

  • All public K-12 locations, Jones Center for Families, and private spaces not owned or leased by NWACC
  • Documented grievance and disciplinary meetings, provided additional requirements are met by NWACC personnel

For additional information, refer to Arkansas Act 562 of 2017.

Definitions may be found at Ark. Code Ann. §5-73-301 (2017).

 

Your personal safety, and the security of the campus community are of vital concern to NWACC. A copy of the college's annual security report is available upon request. This report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by NWACC, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The report also includes information regarding the law enforcement authority of the college police, and policies concerning campus security such as crime prevention, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, obtaining the name(s) of any registered sex offender who may be employed by, or be a student at NWACC, and the reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus.

You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting Department of Public Safety, Burns Hall 1020, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR., 72712.

This information is also on file along with the data from other institutions of higher education at http:/ope.ed.gov/security