Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is located in Burns Hall room 1205.

Students, faculty or staff encountering emergencies or violations of College regulations or local, State or federal law should report these incidents to one of the following:

Department of Public Safety – (479) 619-4229
Medical Emergency – Dial 911
Other types of Emergency – Dial 911
Violations of Local, State or Federal Law – Call DPS
Director of Judicial Affairs – (479) 619-4234

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Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests should report all crimes and public safety related incidents to NWACC's DPS in a timely manner. Crimes should be reported to the DPS to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community when appropriate. It is the responsibility of DPS to investigate and follow up on all reports of criminal activity on campus. In some cases DPS officers are assisted in their investigations by other area law enforcement agencies. If assistance is required from other police agencies or fire departments, DPS will contact the appropriate unit.

One of the primary objectives of the College is to provide a safe and healthy environment that enhances the learning experience and complements the College's educational mission. As an integral part of the Northwest Arkansas community, NWACC shares many of the same crime and security challenges as the counties and cities in our area.

While the College has been fortunate in not experiencing excessive criminal activity, students, faculty and staff should exercise reasonable care to avoid becoming a victim of crime. There is always the possibility of a criminal act against a member of the NWACC community despite the best efforts of the administrative and public safety staff. The safest environment can only be achieved through the cooperative efforts of staff, faculty, and students working together.

Law Enforcement Authority and Responsibility

The College Police Department is staffed with both commissioned Police Officers and with noncommissioned Security Officers.

The Director of the College Police Department and its police officers are duly commissioned law enforcement personnel whose police authority is derived from Arkansas State Statute # 25-17-304 which provides them with the same powers as any municipal, county, or State police agency in Arkansas. This includes powers of arrest. College police personnel work cooperatively with area law enforcement agencies in providing police services to NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Crimes or Emergencies on Campus

Emergencies: In any emergency dial 9-1-1. If you are dialing from a college-system telephone, dialing 9-1-1 will automatically connect you to the 9-1-1 operator. You do NOT have to dial 9-9-1-1. After completing your call to the 9-1-1 operator, you should immediately contact the College Police Department (619-4229) to inform the on-duty personnel of the emergency.

Crimes: All crimes of whatever nature should be initially reported to the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Police Department. The College Police Department can be contacted by telephone, by or in person. Telephone contact should be made by dialing 619-4229 (on-campus, simply dial 4229). Persons desiring to make personal contact should come to the Police Department office in Burns Hall, Office #1205.

Unauthorized firearms and other dangerous weapons of any kind are not permitted in or around College facilities.

PARKING

If you have received a parking violation and wish to appeal the ticket, please click here for the Parking Violation Appeal Form.

Your Right to Know:

Your personal safety, and the security of the campus community are of vital concern to NorthWest Arkansas Community College. A copy of the college's annual security report is available upon request. This report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes information regarding the law enforcement authority of the college police, policies concerning campus security such as crime prevention, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, obtaining the name(s) of any registered sex offender who may be employed by, or be a student at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and the reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the College Police Department, Burns Hall 1020, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR., 72712. This information is also on file along with the data from other institutions of higher education at http:/ope.ed.gov/security

For questions or comments, please contact 619-4229 or email departmentofpublicsafety@nwacc.edu