The mission of District Safety & Security at the Rancho Santiago Community College District is to serve and protect the people and property at all district locations to ensure a safe and secure educational environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth.
To accomplish this mission, our primary activity is to perform visible and continuous patrols of district properties so that we are available to our students, staff and guests, to perform safety and security services and to deter crime. Each officer is expected to carry out the duties of his/her assignment with courtesy, consideration, empathy, self-control, impartiality, and honesty. The department will work cooperatively with all others in the district to establish mutual trust and respect.
We place the highest value on preserving human life.
We believe that by practicing positive community relations and customer service, we will best achieve a feeling of security in our community.
We are accountable and responsive to the community we serve.
We believe that dishonesty, distrust, and rudeness do not belong in our department.
We respect the dignity, worth, and diversity of all persons.
We believe the strength of our department is our employees.
We hold an individual’s right to constitutional protection sacred.
We encourage open and constructive dialogue between all employees at all levels of our organization.
We believe that to inspire confidence and trust in our department, we must work together in a spirit of harmony and cooperation.
Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
The college district promotes security awareness on the part of all members of the campus community. We seek to minimize criminal activities and opportunities through individual participation in crime awareness programs. The district contributes toward crime prevention and security awareness through the following:
Escort program - Safety officers and student security assistants are available to escort persons on campus, particularly during hours of darkness.
New student, faculty and staff orientation - The district safety department participates in security orientation programs for new personnel and students.
Emergency telephones/call-boxes - This equipment is installed at Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, and the Centennial Education Center as part of the district’s security enhancement program. Telephones are located along the main malls and walkways and in the parking lots.
Bicycle patrols - Orange-vested student security assistants and uniformed safety officers patrol the campus grounds on bicycles and on foot. This is in addition to the continuing vehicular security patrols of the campus.
Specialty training programs (self-defense) - The district sponsors periodic programs to support crime awareness.
Crime prevention bulletins – These bulletins offer suggestions on implementing individual security programs.
Crime and safety alert bulletins – These are posted in locations whenever a serious crime has been committed or safety concern exists, to alert students and staff to be aware and alert.
Crime Tips – The district participates in the OC Crime Stoppers program. This program provides a safe and anonymous way for community members to report criminal activity. To report criminal activity contact OC Crime Stopppers by phone @ 1-855-TIP-OCCS or by email @ https://occrimestoppers.org/.
Video Surveillance Camera System -- All RSCCD facilities have video cameras installed throughout the public common areas, including walkways, parking areas, grounds around the exterior of buildings, and malls. The cameras continuously record onto the district's video management system but are not actively monitored in real time. Recorded images will be reviewed should an incident occur to establish facts.