Maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all of the college community and its visitors; safeguard college property and equipment and insure that the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rules and regulations of the college are upheld and departmental programs are maintained.
The Thomas Nelson Community College Campus Police Department is a certified professional organization staffed by highly trained personnel. The department consists of eleven sworn police officers, four non-sworn security officers, one full-time Program Support Technician Senior, one full-time Office Services Specialist and one part-time Office Services Aide. The department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing police and security-related services to the entire college community.
All sworn police personnel have successfully completed a certified basic police training academy and are state-certified. They are sworn in through the jurisdictional circuit court and are empowered to enforce all federal, state and local laws on campus and adjacent properties. They have full authority to arrest and carry firearms.
In addition to investigating criminal complaints, routine vehicle, bike and foot patrols and crime prevention, the Campus Police department also provides many other services. Some of the other services provided are unlocking and jump-starting vehicles, locking and unlocking classrooms and buildings, administering the lost and found property program, administering the student, faculty/staff photo identification and parking decal programs, posting of signs and reserving parking for special events, assisting physically-challenged individuals when necessary, and several other types of call for service requests.
Campus Police maintains a close working relationship with the Virginia State Police, Hampton Police Division, Newport News Police Department and other neighboring law enforcement agencies. The department is a participant in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Virginia Crime Information Network (VCIN) program. Through this program the department is able to transmit and receive crime information from other police agencies. Because the department has such a vehicle in place that is utilized for the exchange of information, we encourage the college community to report all crimes to the campus police in an accurate and timely manner.