By Eva Thach
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Public Safety Department at Camden County College seeks to create a long-lasting relationship with students and faculty by ensuring they are aware of their surroundings.
John Schuck, assistant director of public safety, oversees all safety matters, supervises the public safety personnel and aids with student conduct issues and hazards on the campus and in the buildings.
Colleges around the country are required to provide campus crime statistics and campus security policy statements, Schuck said.
“Officers are proactive … and are visible,” Schuck added. “The campus helps to prevent crimes by basing it on observation.”
Officers are seen walking around the campus or driving their vehicles nearby. The Public Safety Department provides timely warnings around the area. A free service, the Cougar Call Message, sends out a telephone call or text alert distributing campus safety alerts. The daily crime log outlines crimes that happen on campus and surrounding areas. Criminal incidents can be reported by students at the Public Safety Department offices. Camden County College is partnered with the local police department.
“If there is a school shooting, Public Safety sends out a quick notification by using the Cougar Call and they let instructors know,” Schuck stated. “If a student is found with a prohibited weapon, the student meets with the dean or assistant. Depending on the circumstances, the student writes down what happens and the local police will be contacted.”
Tiara Graves, a 23-year-old, part-time student, attends the Cherry Hill campus of Camden County College and has attended the Blackwood and Camden campuses.
“Public Safety Department in the Cherry Hill campus should have more promotions by handing out flyers and be more open with students,” Graves suggested.
Christine Miller, a 21-year-old, full-time student, attends the Blackwood campus and has attended the Camden and Cherry Hill campuses.
“The officers in the Camden campus are the most helpful ones when students need help,” Miller said.
Students who have concerns or questions about public safety can go onto the college website or go to the Public Safety Department offices on the campuses.