Campus Safety and Annual Security Report

Campus Police Authority

BPCC is patrolled by both campus police, off-duty and on-duty commissioned Bossier City police officers during all school hours, and normal patrol of the Bossier City Police Department 24 hours a day. Police cars are visible on campus during these hours. Since Campus Police and Bossier City Police are the same, BPCC benefits from their arrest authority.

Student members of BPCCs Campus Watch monitor the halls and parking lots around the buildings beginning at 5:00 p.m., Monday, through Thursday. Campus Watch is in contact with the radio dispatcher at all times.

All crimes occurring in or on the facilities of BPCC shall be reported immediately to any Campus Police Officer or a faculty/staff member who will notify the proper authority.

BPCC has a formal agreement with the Bossier City Police Department to receive reports of criminal activity at off-campus student organizations whose participants are BPCC students, including the student organizations with off-campus housing facilities. The BPCC Chief of Police will track the case through its final disposition by the BCPD and file the report accordingly. The Chief shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining files used to report criminal activity for the Uniform Crime Report in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

Getting Help

The BPCC Police Department is located in F-104.

In the event of a crime, accident, emergency, or injury occurring on campus, please do the following:

  1. Call 911 if there is a fire or life-threatening medical emergency.
  2. Report the incident to the proper school authority as soon as possible using any of the following:
    • Campus Police: 678-6318 or 678-6195 or 286-4922
    • Campus Operator: 678-6292
    • Bossier City Police Department: 741-8605
    • Bossier City Fire Department: 911
    • Notify any uniformed campus police officer.
    • Notify any campus watch personnel or faculty/staff member.

For Reporting Purposes

Any faculty/staff member can complete an injury/incident report form. Submit the form to the BPCC Chief of Police in F-104.

Safety concerns and questions should be addressed to the following:

Director, Environmental Health and Safety
David Jones
Office: J-109
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-678-6287

Campus Crime Log

The Campus Crime Log is located in the Campus Police Department, Building F, room 104. Warning notices are immediately posted around campus when a reported crime occurs which could pose a threat to others.

Security and Access to College Property

The Physical Plant Department maintains the College buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Reports of potential safety hazards noted on campus should be reported to 318-678-6116.

Firearm Free Zone

It is illegal for anyone to carry a firearm on a school campus and BPCC is a fire arm free zone. (LA.R.S.14.95.2)

Sexual Assault Policy

The College is committed to preventing sexual assault through incorporation of educational programming and the adoption of clear guidelines informing students, faculty, and staff of the College's procedures in handling such cases. Sexual assault crimes are heinous, and these crimes occurring on the College campus will not be tolerated under any circumstances. All sexual assault crimes will be reported to the Bossier City Police Department for investigation. College community members found guilty of any sexual crime will be severely dealt with.
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On Campus Disciplinary Actions

The Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures are explained in detail in the Student Handbook. During disciplinary proceedings, both the victim and the accused are entitled to have an advisor present. Both the victim and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.
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Classroom Security

All classroom doors are to remain locked during and between classes.

Disruptive Students

Disruptive students will be required to leave the classroom, and any inappropriate behavior will be reported to the appropriate dean and to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services after class. Campus Police will be called for immediate removal of disruptive students.

Classroom Visitors

The only individuals allowed into classrooms are students, faculty, staff, campus police officers, and approved visitors.

Violent Outbreak on Campus

All employees and students at BPCC should be observant to possible outbreaks of violence in the classroom or on campus. Report immediately any unusual or potentially dangerous behaviors to the Campus Police Department or proper school authority. If an outbreak does occur, please do the following:

  1. Always use good judgment according to the situation's circumstances.
  2. Determine immediate appropriate action, such as evacuation or cover. Act accordingly.
  3. Notify emergency 911 and proper school authority as soon as possible.
  4. Remain mentally sharp and cognizant of what is taking place.
  5. Determine continued appropriate action for yourself and others to minimize injury, etc.
  6. Provide ALL information possible to the authorities to assist in intelligence gathering.

Active Shooter Policy

Purpose:

To establish guidelines and procedures that will help to ensure the safety and well-being of the Bossier Parish Community College campus community. These types of incidents are unpredictable; therefore, the following guidelines and procedures may need to be altered depending upon the situation.

Guidelines and procedures for faculty, staff, and students

Run

  • If an active shooter is in a building, exit your building immediately, but ONLY if it is safe to do so. Leave your belongings behind.
  • Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building.
  • Call or text 911, and give them the following information:
    • Your specific location/building name and office/room number
    • Number of people in your specific location
    • Injuries, the number of injuries, and types of injuries
    • Shooter’s/shooters’ location (if known), race/gender, clothing description, physical features, types of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, identity (if known), and any other information you may have to help law enforcement identify the shooter(s)
    • You also may call BPCC Campus Police at 678-6318 or Bossier City Police Department at 741-8605.
  • Do not stop to ask officers who are entering your area for help or direction when exiting. Keep your hands visible, and proceed in the direction from which the officers are entering.

Hide

  • If it is not safe to exit your building, or a lockdown has been announced, seek shelter in a safe location out of the shooter’s view.
  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • If safe, allow others to refuge with you.
  • Close and lock the door. If the door has not lock, barricade it with items available (desk, chairs, bookshelves, etc.)
  • Cover the doors and windows.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Use a belt or tie around the door knob or handle to hold the door shut while staying away from the window of a door.
  • Stay quiet.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Call or test 911 from a cell phone that has been silenced, or use your walkie-talkie on Channel 1 to notify Campus Police.
  • Use the RED or GREEN cards. If you are secure, slide the GREEN card under the door into the hallway. If you are in distress, slide the RED card into the hallway. If officers see the RED card or NO card, the officers will assume you are in trouble and act accordingly: All personnel should exercise good judgement when an active shooter is in their area. If it is unwise to slide a card under the door, then by all means, do not do so. The object is to remain in a secure area hidden from the shooter’s view. Never take a life-threatening chance of exposing yourself to gunfire.
  • Do not try to exit the building on your own. Police officers will assist you out of the building.

REMEMBER! The shooter will not stop until he or she is engaged by an outside force. Attempts to rescue people only should be attempted if the rescue can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area. If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the room should remain secured.

When law enforcement arrives, do the following:

  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ directions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming, and/or yelling

Fight

  • Do this as a last resort and ONLY when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter (keys, books, chairs, etc.)

Police Response

Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). Officers will move quickly and directly. Early in the incident, officers may not be able to rescue people because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s). Involved persons need to remain calm and patient during this time, so as not to interfere with police operations.

BPCC Campus Police in conjunction with BCPD and area law enforcement agencies will do the following:

  • Immediately contact 911
  • Place the campus on lockdown mode from the nearest alarm panel
  • Establish control of the scene by eliminating the threat
  • Establish a perimeter
  • Establish a command site building or safe area for a safe zone
  • Establish a rescue team to search for injured persons and get everyone safely out of the buildings

»Active Shooter Policy (printable version)PDF File

Student Major Disaster Plan: Lockdown or Evacuation

  1. In the event of a disaster situation, such as a school shooting or any other life threatening acts, the following guidelines should be adhered to:
    1. An announcement will be broadcast on the intercom system directing you to go into a lockdown mode or evacuation of the building/campus.
    2. The lockdown mode consists of five simple steps:
      1. Lock your door from the outside. Most doors are pre-locked, keep door closed at all times.
      2. Turn out the lights.
      3. Move yourself and students away from the door and windows.
      4. Keep everyone quiet and sit down on the floor.
      5. Locate the manila folder containing the RED AND GREEN TAGS. If everything is okay in your room or area, slide the GREEN TAG under the door into the hallway. If there is a problem in your room or area, slide the RED TAG under the door into the hallway.
    3. If the criminal act has been committed in your building and you are aware of it, immediately go into lockdown without notification. Call 911, BCPD – 318-741-8605, or Campus Police – 318-678-6318. Stay on the phone with person contacted until emergency has subsided. 
    4. All staff and faculty that are not in a classroom should lock their office doors and remain out of sight from any windows. If you are located in a front desk type area, you should lock the glass doors, turn out the lights and go to an office with another employee.
    5. All physical plant staff should go to a locked closet area or the nearest office.
  2. Assessing the threat/situation:
    1. The assigned police officers will determine if the threat warrants a continued lockdown, an evacuation, or a return to normal activities.
    2. If an evacuation is required, you will be given the evacuation command either on the intercom system or by a police officer in your area. (Room to room)
    3. If an officer comes to your room, they will advise you when and how to exit the building and where to go.
    4. If the evacuation notice is given by the paging system, you should proceed to the nearest exit or where you are directed by campus personnel and await instructions.
  3. BPCC Emergency Notification System

    CAVSalert is an emergency mass notification company that provides BPCC with instant notification capabilities during an emergency on campus.

    BPCC students are registered with CAVSalert through their BPCC-issued email accounts. To best utilize this alert system, we need you to ensure CAVSalert has your appropriate contact information.

    To update your information, you can accessWill open new browser window or tab CAVSalert by using your initial log-in information that was sent to you directly from CAVSalert. This information was sent to your university-issued email account (example@student.bpcc.edu). Please update your information accordingly.

    BPCC Faculty and staff have the option of registeringWill open new browser window or tab with CAVSalert.

    BPCC Faculty, Staff and Students are able to update their contact information at the BPCC CAVSalert website after receiving their log-in information and instructions.

    Also see: FAQs "Updating Your Contact Information"
    If you are ready to log-in and update your contact info, see: BPCC CAVSalert Registration Site.

    This system will be used for emergency notification purposes only.
    Emergency contact information will be collected by Bossier Parish Community College and sent to CAVSalert Interactive Network. CAVSalert has been contracted by the State of Louisiana's Board of Regents to transmit emergency alerts in the event of a campus emergency. The information provided to CAVSalert is secure and will not be used for proprietary or non-emergency purposes. Your information will only be used for contacting you in the event of an emergency and will not be shared.
  4. The community will be notified of the emergency situation by the public relations officer. This notification will be conducted through emails and telephone.
  5. The Campus Police Department is responsible for carrying out the above process. They may be reached at 318-678-6318, 318-678-6195, or 318-286-4922, Mike May, Chief.
  6. Emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested annually or semi-annually. This test may be announced or unannounced. For reporting purposes, contact David Jones, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, 318-678-6287.

General Liability Claims

Bossier Parish Community College does not assume responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of accident or injury to any person on College property. The state of Louisiana provides comprehensive general liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage claims resulting from operations for which the College should be held legally liable.

Security Policies

After all criminal activity occurring in or on the facilities of BPCC, which includes off-campus locations of student organizations recognized by the institution such as their off-campus housing, has been reported to the Bossier City Police Department, the activity shall be promptly reported to the Chief of Campus Police. The Chief will track the case through its final disposition by the Bossier City Police Department and will file his report accordingly. The Campus Police Chief shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining files used to report criminal activity for the monthly crime report in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. A memorandum of understanding between Bossier Parish Community College and Bossier City Police Department is on file.

Annual Security Report of Crime Statistics

The following statistics are provided in an effort to assure compliance with Public Law 102-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.

  1-1-13 to
12-31-13
1-1-14 to
12-31-14
1-1-15 to
12-31-15
Occurrence of:
Murder 0 0 0
Sexual Offenses (forcible or nonforcible) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 1 1 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0
Arrests for:
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violation 1 1 0
Weapons Possessions 1 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0
TOTAL 3 2 0

The National Collegiate Crime Statistics are available on the US Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary EducationWill open new browser window or tab website.

Information containing the registered sex offenders as required by state law is available on the Louisiana State Police Sex Offender and Child Predator RegistryWill open new browser window or tab website. The Bossier City Police Department is the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for Bossier Parish Community College.

Preventative Measures

Each semester the Chief of Campus Police and the Director of Environmental Health/Safety provide information to faculty, staff, and students. Topics generally include security tips to prevent crime against person and property, sexual assault prevention, and fire safety issues, among others. The College publishes policies that address sexual assault ,sexual harassment, anti-bullying, and anti-hazing. In addition the College has a Crisis Intervention and Referral policy which outlines information for faculty, staff, and students who have an urgent situation or emergency. The Crisis Intervention Team works closely with the Campus Police Department to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community.

Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Intervention Services are overseen by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in conjunction with the Crisis Intervention Team. Information regarding Crisis Intervention Policies and Procedures may be accessed here.

Alcohol and Drug Free Campus Policy

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) requires the College to certify to the Department of Education that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.

This program must include:

  • Standards of conduct concerning the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, and abuse of alcohol by students and employees on College property or at any College activity;
  • Description of legal sanctions;
  • Clear statement of the College's sanctions and violations;
  • Description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation services;
  • Description of the health risks associated with use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol.
  • The information below is in compliance with the requirements of the Act.

Policy Statement

Alcohol use and abuse is a major issue in the community and on college campuses. Excessive alcohol consumption may lead to physical abuse, date rape, auto accidents, violence, and other behaviors which lead to self-destruction.

The College abides by all state and local laws pertaining to drinking and will enforce underage drinking laws. BPCC policy prohibits the consumption, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages in or on any College property or while participating in any College-sponsored trip. The use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs is prohibited.

Students may be charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and be brought before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for violations of the alcohol and drug free campus policy. Sanctions for violations and procedures for conducting a hearing are listed in the Student Handbook. Sanctions may include--but are not limited to--counseling, suspension of privileges, community service, or suspension from the College.
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Crime Prevention Tips

On Campus

  • Be alert. Look around and be aware of your surroundings before entering or exiting a building or vehicle.
  • Utilize the escort service available. If you do not see a police officer or campus watch personnel, call 318-678-6318 for an escort.
  • Walk in public areas. Do not take shortcuts with little or no lighting.
  • Walk with confidence and determination, holding your head up, always looking around.
  • Recognize potentially dangerous situations before they develop. Trust your intuition, it is usually correct.
  • Carry your keys in your hand, along with your chemical spray. Never place your name, address, or phone number on your key ring.
  • No not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
  • Look inside your vehicle before entering it.
  • If you see something suspicious, call Campus Police. If you are unable to reach an officer, call the police department.
  • If you see someone sitting in a vehicle or standing near your vehicle, turn around, go back inside, and call for an escort.
  • If someone has entered your vehicle and told you to drive, then drive your vehicle into anything available: walls, buildings, curbs, or other vehicles. Never drive off.
  • Never let someone force you into a vehicle. Your chances of survival go down after you are inside a vehicle. If grabbed, let your body go limp. Fall to the ground and scream. Dead weight is hard to lift and takes a lot longer to move. Stretch your arms out to grab onto anything, but try to keep out of the vehicle. If you are forced into the trunk, kick out a taillight and push your hand out, waving it.
  • If confronted, surrender your valuables, including your purse. Toss your purse or wallet away from you and run in the other direction.
  • Scream or shout if attacked.
  • If you must fight someone, hit hard and fast. Use your fingers to target the eyes. Use the palm of your hand to strike the nose. Strike the groin area with your hands and/or knees. Use your elbows when close enough.
  • When using the stairwells, walk in pairs or groups. Use the elevator when alone. The elevator has an emergency use phone and is a direct line to the Campus Police.
  • Never leave your books, book bag, or personal items unattended.
  • Mark all items with your name or student ID number, especially books.
  • Keep a record or copy of your credit card numbers, identification cards, and checking account numbers. Never write down your PIN number where it can be used, such as in your check book.

Off Campus

If your vehicle breaks down or you have a flat:

  1. Pull off the side of the road past the white line.
  2. Lock all of your doors and roll up your windows.
  3. Immediately call a family member or friend to assist you.
  4. If no one is available, call the police department and ask for a police officer to stand by with you until help arrives.
  5. If a stranger stops to help, do not get out of your car. If you do not have a phone, ask him/her to call the police, but remain in your car until the police arrive.

If you believe you are being followed, do not go home. Drive to a well-lighted public place or the police station. Try to get the license number, a vehicle description, and suspect description of the person following you.

If you see what appears to be an emergency situation, do not stop. Call 911 and describe the situation you observed. There are numerous ploys that are used to attempt to get drivers to stop and render aid. One such ploy would be a child's car seat with a doll dressed as a child sitting on the shoulder of the road. Once you stop, you are subject to criminal activity such as rape, kidnapping, mugging, robbery, car-jacking, etc.


For further information you may contact us at studentservices@bpcc.edu.