B.2.2 Police & Security

B.2.2.1 College Police Department

Responsible Department: Police

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010

  1. Purpose

The HCC Police Department shall provide a safe and orderly environment for all who utilize the facilities of the College, to protect the rights of such individuals, and to preserve the peace by enforcing federal, state, and local laws.

  1. Officers

HCC shall employ commissioned peace officers to enforce laws applicable to the College. All police officers employed by the College shall be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and shall possess a valid Texas driver's license. Officers shall comply with all rules and procedures applicable to other HCC employees, except to the extent of any conflict with this policy. In the event of such conflict, this policy controls. The Chief of Police is authorized to establish the schedule of work for all department personnel.

  1. Secondary Employment

College police officers, with the exception of the Chief of Police, may obtain secondary employment in any lawful capacity, so long as the outside employment does not interfere with the officers' duties and responsibilities to the College and such outside employment does not occur during the time at which the officer is scheduled to work for HCC. Any secondary employment of the Chief of Police shall be approved by the Chancellor. No officer shall work a secondary job that creates a conflict of interest or would discredit the College. College police officers are prohibited from wearing the official Houston Community College uniform while engaged in outside employment.

  1. General Orders

The Chief shall develop General Orders that will be approved by the Chancellor. These orders shall provide the College police officers with the operational instructions needed to perform their duties at HCC. These General Orders will include disciplinary actions for failure to follow or comply with all rules and procedures applicable to other HCC employees as well as their own specific rules, statutes, laws and obligations as sworn officers.

  1. Duties

College police officers shall devote their on-duty time to performing administrative or law enforcement duties related to College business, including, but not limited to, the safety and welfare of students and others and the protection of property. Peace officers shall:

  1. Enforce all applicable provisions of the Texas Education Code
  2. Enforce all general and criminal laws of the State that occur within their jurisdiction
  3. Carry weapons as directed by the College's Chief of Police and in accordance with Texas law
  4. Investigate violations of law, College policy, rules, and regulations as directed by College administration, and participate in administrative hearings concerning the alleged violations; an
  5. Adhere to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure
  1. Jurisdiction and Authority

The primary jurisdiction of College police officers includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented or otherwise under the control of the College. Outside of his or her primary jurisdiction, a College police officer is vested with all the powers, privileges, and immunities of peace officers and may arrest any person who violates any laws of the state.

  1. Use of Force

The use of force, including deadly force, shall be authorized only when reasonable and necessary. The use of excessive force is expressly forbidden.

  1. Vehicle Pursuit

HCC police officers will make every reasonable effort to apprehend a fleeing suspect who has committed a felony and to respond to emergency calls quickly and safely. The pursuit or call response should never be carried to such an extent as to endanger the lives of the general public, suspect, or the officer. No pursuit shall be initiated or continued on or off property owned or under the control of HCC unless a police supervisor approves such pursuit. Pursuits shall not be initiated for minor traffic violations or non-felonious crimes against property.

  1. Racial Profiling

Pursuant to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, racial or ethnic profiling by HCC peace officers is strictly prohibited.

  1. Memorandum of Understanding

The HCC police department and the law enforcement agencies with which it has overlapping jurisdiction may enter into a memorandum of understanding that outlines reasonable communication and coordination efforts among those agencies. Approval to enter into or maintain relationships established by memoranda of understanding shall be approved by the Chancellor.

  1. Complaints Against a Peace Officer

In order for a complaint against a College peace officer to be considered by the Chief of the College's police department, the complaint must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. A copy of the complaint shall be given to the officer within a reasonable time after it is filed, and no disciplinary action shall be taken against the officer as a result of the complaint unless a copy is given to the officer. Officers shall not retaliate against a complainant who in good faith files a complaint against a HCC officer.

  1. Disciplinary Action

Individuals employed by the College as police officers are subject to College policy. Any police officer who violates College policy or department rules or regulations is subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension with or without pay, reprimand, or termination.

B.2.2.2 Traffic and Parking

Responsible Department: Police

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010

The operation of a motor vehicle or bicycle on the property of the College is a privilege granted by the College and is not an inherent right of any employee, student, or visitor. The College shall adopt rules and regulations regarding the operation and parking of vehicles on the grounds, streets, driveways, alleys, and any other property under the control of the College.

HCC police shall be responsible for enforcing parking and traffic regulations.