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Police & Safety

Welcome Message from the Chief

Police Chief Lauretta Hill

On behalf of the women and men of the Dallas County Community College District Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our diverse, fun and vibrant campus community. We are here to serve the needs of our students, faculty and staff by providing a welcoming, accessible, safe and secure educational environment. 

Our goal is to build a community of trust through partnerships, transparency, fair and impartial policing. The members of the DCCCD police department are professionals who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals we serve. 

You play a key role in keeping our campus community safe. We encourage you to become involved by proactively identifying issues before they become problems and playing an active role in making the DCCCD a safe and successful community.

- Lauretta Hill
Chief of Police

Join Us and Make a Difference

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To contact your campus police department in an emergency or to report a crime:

  • Call 911 from a campus phone
  • Call 972-860-4290 when using a cellphone or noncampus phone

Your call is handled through the centralized dispatch system for all colleges and locations of DCCCD. When contacting police, always identify yourself and the location (college, building, floor and room) that is of concern to you.

(Why call campus police instead of city police? Because the response will generally be faster.)

Deaf or hard of hearing? Prefer to Text? You Can Text Police 

Students and employees who are deaf or hard of hearing, or prefer to text, can text their college or location police in the event of an emergency or to report a crime. Text DCCCD to 67283, and DCCCD Police dispatch will answer you by text.

Safety and Security Information

Safety and Security Apps

We offer a specific app designed with only your security in mind from Rave Guardian available in the:

  • Download the DCCCD App from iTunes  Apple App Store
  • Download the DCCCD App from Google Play. Google Play Store

Police Department Offices

  • Brookhaven College: Building B, Room B200
  • Cedar Valley College: Building F, Room F120
  • Eastfield College: Room N112
    • Eastfield College Pleasant Grove campus
  • El Centro College: Room A947
    • El Centro West Campus
  • Mountain View College: Room W135
  • North Lake College: Room C204
  • Richland College: Pecos Hall, P160
    • Garland Campus

Health, Wellness and Title IX

Visit the Health, Wellness and Title IX page to learn about the services DCCCD offers to meet the health and wellness needs of students, faculty and staff. You can also get information about your rights under Title IX and find out what to do if you feel you have been the victim of gender-based discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.

Federal Campus Sexual Assault Violence Elimination Act

In March 2013, a new Campus Sexual Assault Violence Elimination Act was passed that updates the Jeanne Clery Act to create transparency, accountability, education and collaboration. The act seeks to address the violence women face on campus.  Watch this presentation created by the DCCCDPD, to discover student and staff rights under the act as well as college responsibilities. 

Services We Provide

  • Patrols of all campus streets, walkways and interior areas 
  • Escorts 
  • Battery jumps (not from vehicle to vehicle, but battery packs) 
  • Response to injuries and medical emergencies 
  • Monitoring of alarms, CCTV systems, access points 
  • Security and traffic control at special events and activities 
  • Enforce campus regulations, state laws 
  • Processing and maintaining reports and records, and offering security survey/audit services to campus administrators.  
  • Crime prevention tips and training for the college community 
  • Investigate complaints 

Lost and Found

If you are missing an item, see your local campus police department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All items left more than 60 days will be disposed.

Campus Police

  • Richland College
  • Pecos Hall, P-160
  • 911 from a campus phone
  • 972-860-4290 from a cell phone or non-campus phone
  • 972-238-6189 (fax)
  • Your call is handled through the centralized dispatch system for all colleges and locations of DCCCD. When contacting police, always identify yourself and the location (college, building, floor, and room) that is of concern to you.

At Richland College, our purpose is to provide an environment to assist in your educational endeavors. The College Police Department has the primary responsibility for the security of the college community. We offer a variety of services to the college beyond the detection and prevention of crime on campus. While no campus is immune from crime, with a cooperative effort between you and the College Police, together we can strive to keep crime at a minimum. Please become familiar with the services we provide and feel free to call us.

Access to Facilities
Richland College is a public institution. The campus buildings and grounds are normally open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Sundays as necessary to accommodate classes. These times may be different during holidays, and summer semesters. Service areas such as the computer labs and library may have different hours from those times listed above. Please call those respective areas for information on operating hours. The campus is patrolled 24 hours a day by the College Police.

Any potential safety and security hazards are reported to the Director of College Facilities, 972-238-6170, for corrections or repairs.