The safety you experience on campus is due to the combined efforts of many different departments and individuals. Safety is a collective responsibility and we rely on every single member of our campus to contribute to the security of our campus by using a common sense approach and reporting suspicious activity when observed. The level of support we receive from our community members is critical to the success of the outcome. It is our duty as a department to maintain your trust. Safety is enhanced internally by our colleagues on our Joint Campus Safety Committee that includes members from both SouthArk’s East and West campuses along with SouthArk Warren campus, Behavioral Response Teams, and our health and safety training programs.
The SouthArk Campus Public Safety Department is primarily responsible for developing services, programs, and strategies for maintaining a safe campus. In order for us to meet this goal, the department focuses primarily on four functions:
First is a strong partnership with and service to the campus community. We recognize that we exist to provide a service-oriented department and support the idea that all relationships require trust and constant nurturing. We are committed to the philosophy of community-oriented public safety and problem-solving. Through utilizing officers to serve as liaisons with various sections of the campuses, we are able to service the individualized needs of each campus.
Second, a major focus of the department is crime prevention and safety related programming to promote individual responsibility and community safety. The department offers a wide range of training opportunities that are presented throughout the academic school year.
Third, focusing on emergency management planning which requires a comprehensive approach to preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergency situations. We take a proactive approach to planning for emergencies by collaborating not only with the entire campus community but with outside agencies such as the El Dorado Police Department, the El Dorado Fire Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Office of Emergency Management, the Arkansas State Police, the Union County Health Department.
Lastly, the department is charged with the monitoring the Student Code of Conduct for South Arkansas Community College. This function is essential to maintaining an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.