Incident Reporting/Response

Incident Reporting and Response

Any on-campus emergency, criminal offense, or suspected criminal activity, should be reported immediately to the College Police by dialing 5555, from any campus phone. Also, you can use one of the many emergency “BLUE” telephones located throughout the campuses. Campus elevators are also equipped with emergency phones. Upon receipt of the call, the San Jacinto College Police Communications Center personnel can supply information or dispatch officers as necessary. For non-emergencies, dial (281) 476-1820. To contact the College Police from an off-campus phone or cell phone, please call (281) 476-9128.

The San Jacinto College Police will respond as quickly and safely as possible to any request for assistance, whether it is an emergency or not. Response time is based on current activity and severity of the call. Crimes in progress, alarms, traffic accidents with injuries, and medical assists have a higher priority than other types of calls.

Members of the San Jacinto College Police Department remain vigilant in their efforts to be visible and accessible to the College community per the following patrol modes: 1) vehicular, 2) golf-cart, 3) bike-patrol, and 4) foot patrol, which provides immediate and personable public contact. For off-campus offenses, we encourage prompt reporting to the proper local law enforcement agency.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of prompt and accurate reporting of an incident or accident. For example, if a crime is not reported promptly, evidence can be destroyed or the potential to apprehend a suspect is lost. Consequently, this will inhibit the ability to determine the facts and develop an accurate report, and information could be missed that is essential for further investigation. If you witness a crime or emergency, promptly report it to the SJCPD and be prepared to answer questions as accurately as you can. The subsequent investigation can only be as thorough as the information received. If you are the victim of a crime, or you have seen or received information of criminal activity or other emergency, please contact the San Jacinto College Police immediately.

DAILY CRIME LOG

Each day, the San Jacinto College Police Department compiles a “Daily Crime Log” that is available to the media, the public, and various campus offices. This summary identifies the type, location, time, and date the crime was reported to the College’s Police Department. You may view a printed copy of this report at the San Jacinto College Police Department Records office located at 8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas 77505.

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OF CRIMES

The College Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Felony crimes can be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

There will be no retaliatory action against any individual with respect to the implementation of any provision of the Clery Act. The Office of the Dean of Students can assist the victim with issues including, but not limited to, class schedule changes, or withdrawal procedures.

REPORTING CRIMINAL OFFENSES TO CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to report any criminal offenses within the campus environment directly to the San Jacinto College Police Department. For off-campus offenses, we encourage prompt reporting to the proper local law enforcement agency. As an option, you may also report criminal offenses to designated campus officials (including but not limited to) directors, deans, department heads, human resources, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches, or to local law enforcement agencies.

Although exempt from the reporting requirements of the Clery Act, pastoral and professional mental health counselors are encouraged to refer persons they are counseling to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual statistics, especially if the incident may pose an ongoing threat to the campus community.

MISSING RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

If a member of the San Jacinto College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, they should immediately notify the San Jacinto College Police Department at 281-476-9128. The San Jacinto College Police Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

In additional to registering a general emergency contact person, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to designate confidentially an individual to be contacted by San Jacinto College in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has designated such an individual, San Jacinto College will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student who wishes to designate a confidential contact person can do so by completing a Confidential Missing Students Contact Information Form and presenting it to the Head Basketball Coach in a sealed envelope with their name on the outside. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized San Jacinto College officials and police officers in the course of the investigation if a student is reported missing for more than 24 hours.

After investigating a missing person report involving a student residing on-campus, should the San Jacinto College Police Department determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, San Jacinto will notify the student’s confidential emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, San Jacinto College will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after the San Jacinto College Police Department has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.

 

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OFF-CAMPUS

The San Jacinto College Police Department, as well as campus officials, will assist students with notification to the proper law enforcement authorities. It is our goal to provide assistance wherever the report is made to make sure we include the crime in our annual security report.

When a San Jacinto College student is involved in an off-campus offense, the San Jacinto College Police Department may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies. There will be no retaliatory action against any individual with respect to the implementation of any provision of the Clery Act.