About Us

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"Ensuring student success, begins by

providing and maintaining a safe learning environment."


Welcome to the website for the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Campus Public Safety Department. Ensuring student success, begins by providing and maintaining a safe learning environment. It is the department's responsibility to protect the community, enforce campus policy, and educate our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. We are dedicated to providing professional services and keeping our community safe.

Public Safety Officers are on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency assistance, please dial (541) 383-7272. The Campus Public Safety Department is alerted to 9-1-1 calls made by persons on college property and will respond accordingly. To file an online report, click "Online Reporting" in the menu bar. For all other questions or concerns, please email us at publicsafety@cocc.edu.

The Campus Public Safety Department is responsible for over 300 acres of COCC-owned property. This includes the Bend Campus, the Redmond Campus, the Madras Campus, the Prineville Campus, Wickiup Hall (Bend), Jungers Culinary Center (Bend), Chandler Lab (Bend), the COCC Veterinary Technology Lab (Redmond), and the COCC programs at the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras. 

Public Safety Officers investigate concerning actions by persons on college-owned property, in college-owned vehicles while on or off college-owned property, at college events which occur on or off college property, and actions by persons via college communication systems and electronics (email, phone, computers, etc.). The Campus Public Safety Department serves an enrolled student population of over 16,000, nearly 400 faculty members, approximately 300 staff members, and 350 campus residents.

The Campus Public Safety Department is comprised of individuals from various backgrounds in law enforcement, military, and emergency services. The department currently employs former police officers, former emergency medical technicians, former public safety officers, and former members of the United States Military. Public Safety Officers receive over 380 hours of training and are state certified by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). In 2015, the Central Oregon Community College Campus Public Safety Department received the Department of the Year award from the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (WACLEA).