The Alamo Colleges Police Department was organized and commisioned for the safety and protection of the college community; to insure its orderly day-to-day operation, to render aid, provide assistance, and maintaine conditions conductive to the pursuit of learning.
Campus police are on duty twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. They are armed uniformed Police Officers, in a marked vehicle, on foot or on bike; they are equipped with two-way radios with interoperablity with the San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Fire Department/EMS, Bexar County Sheriff's Department and other necessary equipment to efficiently do their job. While we are looking for overt acts of individual's that would be injurous or damaging to others, we urge the students, faculty, and staff to assist by:
- Obeying the laws and rules
- Reporting any criminal act or incident you might witness to include injury or loss you might experience
- Avoiding any unnecessary risk or dangers clude injury
The Police Department employs twenty-four hour dispatching and is able to get assistance to students, facuty and staff in a prompt manner. The emergency dispatch number is 210-222-0911
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What crimes could be committed on campus
- Crimes Against Persons: Rape, Robbery, Assault
- Crimes Against Property: Burglary of offices,, buildings, classrooms, labs, gym lockers, filing cabinets, vehicles in parking lots
- Thefts: Vehicles (includes bikes and motorcycles), purses, wallets, books, jewelry, cash, credit cards, College property
- Criminal Mischief / Criminal Trespass
The Alamo Colleges Police Department Officers should be alerted to the presence of any suspicious persons or activity on campus. Remember that the patrol officer cannot be everywhere at once. Some of the suspicious activities that should be reported on campus are:
- Any struggle or what appears to be a person being forced into a vehicle
- A broken window in a classroom, building, or vehicle
- The sound of breaking glass in parking lots
- Someone looking inside cars or trying to open car doors
- If you observe someone you do not recognize in a sensitive security area
- A car driving around repeatedly in a parking lot casing out cars
- Loitering in or around buildings or parking lots
When reporting a crime, be prepared to give as much of the following type of information as possible.
- What happened?
- Vehicle description
- Vehicle license number
- Description of persons involved
- Your name (not mandatory, but helpful)
- Your phone number and location
These questions must be answered if the officer is to be effective in handling the situation. When reporting an incident, please do not hang up on the dispatcher until the dispatcher states that there is sufficient information to relay to the officers in the field. The reason for the call back phone number is to contact you for further infromation when the officer files his/ her report.
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A vehicle in a parking lot is an inviting target for theft, vandalism or burglary. To minimize the risk of these crimes:
- Remove ignition key
- Lock all doors
- Secure all windows
- Avoid leaving valuables in the vehicle, if you must, lock them in the trunk before departing your home
- Use anti-theft locks
- Consider installing an alarm system
- Record serial numbers of all radio, stereo or the other equipment
- Report suspicious activity in parking lots
When parking your vehicle:
- Consider whether it will be dark when you return and select a place that will be well lit and not deserted
- Check for loiters before leaving and when entering
- Remove keys from the ignition when you leave your car, even for just a minute
- Lock car doors
- Have keys ready when returning to your vehicle
- Check the backseat before getting into your vehicle
- Never pick up a hitchhiker
- Should you return to the location where your vehicle had been parked and discover it missing, immediately notify Campus Police to file a report.
Crimes often occur in clusters. If you report a crime or the suspicion of a crime you might prevent the next.
Contact the Police Department immediately whenever you see or hear something suspicious or unusual. The Police Department will respond to all reports of suspicious activity. Your call could prevent a crime against a friend, neighbor, or yourself.
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To combat unwanted phone calls (obscene, harassing, threatening, etc) the Police Department offers the following suggestions:
- Hang up without giving a response or reaction.
- Report unwanted calls to your phone company
- Document all unwanted calls as to date, time, nature of call, background noises
- Don't provide personal info (date of birth, social security number, credit card info) over the phone
- Use your answering machine to screen calls and save unwanted messages for evidence
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