Reporting Criminal Activities

Any criminal activity, suspicious activity, or emergency situation should be reported to the Department of Public Safety. HCC will make timely warnings to the campus community of any activity or situation that poses a threat to the community. The warnings are typically sent through text and email messaging via the HCC Alert Me Emergency Notification System, but may also be broadcast on campus interior and exterior speaker systems.

For the purposes of having the activity included in campus crime statistics and to have a timely warning issued where appropriate, students, eloyees, and campus visitors should report criminal or suspicious activity to Public Safety; they may also inform any campus security authority – generally individuals with significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Reports may be made anonymously; they will be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety’s special police officers investigate the majority of criminal activity that occurs on campus. HCC’s special police officers have authority to enforce Maryland law on campus and to make arrests for criminal violations. In addition, Harford Community College has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office outlining specific crimes for which the Sheriff’s Office will assume primary jurisdiction on campus. Members of the campus community may choose to report campus criminal activity directly to local law enforcement agencies, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police. The Department of Public Safety solicits each agency to report to the College any campus crime reported to it.

Each year the Department of Public Safety compiles statistics of campus crimes reported to: the Department, campus security authorities, and local law enforcement. Statistics of Clery reportable crimes are then published in the College’s Annual Security Report.

Harford Community College does not have any “off-campus student organizations” for which related criminal activity would be reported.