Crime Awareness / Campus Security
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Safety at Mt. Hood Community College should be of concern to everyone. Students, staff and faculty are partners with the college in creating an atmosphere that is safe and encourages learning.
MHCC is a diverse community within a community. During the school year we have more than 33,000 students and over 1,450 employees working together. At the same time the college is very much a part of Gresham, East Multnomah County and Oregon.
MHCC enjoys good relations with the city of Gresham and neighboring Troutdale, and serves as a primary cultural center in the East County area.
MHCC plays a major role in providing a safe learning environment, but recognizes that students, staff and faculty must come together in a strong partnership and use common sense precautions to reduce the opportunity for criminal activities.
Safety programs at MHCC are under the direction of the chief operating officer. We have a proactive approach to campus safety that includes education, prevention and an ability to respond quickly to situations.
Put Safety First
At Mt. Hood Community College, we do all we can to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors, but we need your help. It is important that you be aware of the services we offer and the safety precautions you can take while on campus.
What you should know
- There are public safety officers on duty 24 hours a day. They patrol the entire campus in marked vehicles.
- In the event of an emergency dial “7911” from any campus phone. There are several emergency/information telephones placed throughout the campus. They are located at the front flagpoles and at various points on both upper and lower levels of the main academic center.
- Security escorts are available at any time through the campus switchboard. Dial “7310” from any campus phone to reach the officer.
- Closed-circuit cameras monitor broad areas of the campus.
- Emergency Automotive Assistance. Our Public Safety employees never intended to be mechanics, but they are equipped and trained to start cars with dead batteries and to assist with locked cars.
Other Precautions You Can Take
- Be smart! Always lock your car. If you are on campus after dark, move your car to a closer spot.
- Buddy up--Have classmates walk you to your car, then drive them to theirs.
- Know the locations of the emergency/information telephones.
- Use the escort service or waiting room as needed.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything or anyone who appears suspicious, REPORT what you see or hear to public safety by dialing “7911” from any campus phone. Your eyes and ears can be a great help to us!
- In an effort to help prevent break-ins, do not leave valuables in your car.
If you believe you have been sexually abused, report it. If the crime occurs on campus, call “7911,” or call “911” and report it to the police as soon as possible. (Save the clothes you were wearing. Do not clean up.) With your consent, the police will need your clothes and samples from your body as evidence. The police will take you to a hospital where medical staff will obtain legally acceptable evidence. A member of the District Attorney’s Rape Advocate Team should meet you at the hospital and help you through the legal process.
Immediate crisis support and help accessing resources is available to students in the Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center . The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 503-491-7432.
The college employs a number of full-time and part-time Public Safety officers and a Public Safety supervisor. Additionally, several officers and students are available to assist you or to escort you to locations around campus and the parking lots.
While the majority of our officers have public safety experience, either law enforcement or military police, they are not sworn officers under ORS 133.005, and are unarmed. While on campus, they are empowered to conduct investigations and make arrests for violations and infractions they observe. They are responsible for providing a safe campus environment, detecting and reporting safety/fire hazards, enforcing traffic and parking regulations and promoting crime prevention. Our full-time public safety employees are a major portion of our medical emergency response team.
The officers patrol in fully equipped vehicles and are available on radio telephones by calling “7911” or “7310” on campus.
The Public Safety department closely coordinates its activities with the Gresham and Troutdale police departments and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Excellent communications exist between law enforcement agencies.