Unfortunately, there is an ever growing demand for the future safety and security of our schools. I would like to write about a few available safety resources provided by Glendale Community College District Police Department (GCCDPD).
Glendale Community College District Police Department provides staffing 365 days a year. Officers, dispatchers and cadets are available for emergency response from 6 a.m. to midnight everyday including holidays. In addition to responding to calls for service, officers conduct proactive and self-initiated enforcement in and around our campuses on a daily basis. Cadets check and lock all buildings and doors each Saturday and Sunday and during holidays.
In addition to GCCDPD, the City of Glendale Police Department (GPD) is our primary mutual aid partner. During off hours all emergency phones are rerouted to GPD who also provides extra patrol on our campus.
GCCDPD conducts annual reviews of our emergency response protocol per the Clery Act requirement to include a publication of initiatives, policies, and strategies to keep our campus safe. Crime statistics are published annually. The department provides emergency alerts and online updates regarding any actual or credible threat to the campus.
GCCDPD organizes evacuation exercises at each of the campuses annually. The police department also hosts seminars, workshops, training videos, and other educational topics for emergency preparedness and response for faculty, staff, and students. They also provide annual safety training for international students.
Active shooter, dealing with difficult students, Campus Safety Authority requirements, domestic violence, earthquake preparedness, evacuation, and sexual assault are a few of the training topics discussed during seminars and training workshops. GCCDPD’s website hosts information and resources for all staff, faculty and students. To access the helpful resources please visit https://www.glendale.edu/about-gcc/college-police
GCCDPD is looking into additional safety resources that are currently in the process of implementation. These resources are cameras, classroom locks, notification access for classrooms and an upgraded panic activation system. The police department plans to purchase new AED's (Automated External Defibrillator) for Sierra Vista 3rd floor and Sierra Nevada buildings. Additionally, the police department plans to purchase two new evacuation chairs for Sierra Vista 3rd floor and San Rafael 3rd floor. We are also adding an emergency call box to Sartoris Field.
The police department also holds additional individual meetings with faculty and staff members discussing topics of active shooters, violent offenders, evacuation, earthquake preparedness, crime reporting, threat assessment, and see-something-say-something response.
“NIXLE” is another great emergency notification system implemented by GCCDPD. In the event of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety to members of the campus community, an emergency notification will be issued. To subscribe, text GO GCCALERT from your cellular phone to 888777.