Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Public Safety Officers have authority to enforce college policies and regulations, and may make physical custody arrests for crimes committed in their presence. Officers are supported by the college in the enforcement of all applicable federal, state, city laws and ordinances. Public Safety Officers respond to calls for service originating on property owned and operated by the college.

Under Oregon Revised Statute 341.300, the College Board has adopted policies governing policing, control and regulation of traffic on college property. This statute gives Public Safety officers authority as Peace Officers in enforcing regulations adopted by the Board.

Our communications officers attend a two-week public safety telecommunicator academy at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon. In addition to this, they receive local training on our computer aided dispatch system, two-way radio operation, the law enforcement data system (LEDS), the national crime information center (NCIC), department of motor vehicles (DMV) and the city of Portland Police's computer aided dispatch system.

DPS communications officers (dispatchers) are trained to assess the priority of reported incidents, collect necessary information, and dispatch both on-campus and and local emergency responders for a variety of public safety related calls. Additionally, communications officers answer general public safety questions.

Officers carry less than lethal defensive tools, including handcuffs, baton and pepper spray, and are certified in First Aid and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Officers do not carry firearms.

For more information see Security Policies.

Public Safety Staff and InterAgency Relationships

DPS operates as a centralized entity under Director, Derrick Foxworth. Offices are located at Sylvania CSB 325, Southeast Campus - Mt. Tabor Hall 153, Cascade Public Safety Building 501 North Killingsworth, Rock Creek B1 104, and Portland Metro Workforce Training Center - Bldg 1, Rm 108. View maps of all the campuses and centers.

The department maintains a close working relationship with the Portland Police Bureau, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and other state and federal law enforcement agencies. Formal and informal meetings with these agencies are held on a regular basis.

DPS participates in, and maintains access to the Oregon Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the Portland Police Data System (PPDS). Crime related reports and statistics are routinely exchanged through and entered into these data networks.

Request a Copy of a Report

To request a copy of a public safety report, you may contact Christine Dibble (cdibble@pcc.edu). Include in the email your name, phone number, and email address as well as the date, time, and location of the occurrence, and what type of incident it was. You may also send the same information to our dispatch center at publsafe@pcc.edu.