Investigation and Enforcement
The College of the Redwoods Public Safety Department Officers provides safety for persons and property on campus, responds to emergency situations, assist in medical emergencies and other related safety needs, as well as enforce campus parking regulations. Public Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at College of the Redwoods. Public Safety Officers have the authority to issue parking citations.
In the case of an emergency call 911 or our emergency line x4111. If a situation does not actually rise to the level of an imminent emergency, students, faculty, staff, and visitors may speak to one of our officers by calling the office at 707-476-4112.
Public Safety oversees the reporting and investigation of all criminal incidents on the campus and strongly encourages all victims to make timely reports. Public Safety officers are non-sworn, but are authorized to make a Public Citizen's arrest according to California Penal Code § 837. It states that a private person may arrest another:
- For a public offense committed or attempted in his presence.
- When the person arrested has committed a felony, although not in his presence.
- When a felony has been in fact committed, and he has reasonable cause for believing the person arrested to have committed it.
Persons committing these criminal violations on campus are reported (arrested if necessary), and given to the local police agency for prosecution through the criminal justice system. In case of an emergency that poses a threat to the safety and well-being of those on campus, the police are immediately notified and Public Safety plays a support role to their efforts.
The Public Safety Department at College of the Redwoods maintains a positive working relationship with the law enforcement agencies where we have campuses or sites located. Criminal incidents are referred to the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction on the campus. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus Public Safety and the appropriate law enforcement agency.