Safety and Campus Police

Police badgeA message from the chief

On behalf of the Campus Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our home on the Web. Whether you are a current student, staff member, or are interested in exploring educational or employment opportunities at Black Hawk College, we appreciate your interest in the Campus Police Department.

The Campus Police Department’s primary responsibility is to provide for the safety and protection of our students, staff and visitors. We are the primary law enforcement agency on campus and our officers have full police officer powers of arrest (ILCS 110, Act 805, Sec. 42.1). All of our officers have received extensive training in administration of justice classes and additionally must complete a number of state-mandated courses.

Our highest priority is to provide for the protection and safety of students, staff and visitors to our campus. To this end, we utilize a variety of innovative ideas to accomplish this objective.

As the College’s law enforcement agency, our officers wear distinctive uniforms and patrol in marked vehicles. Campus officers are proactive in community-policing efforts.  This program is designed to partner with our community members in both crime prevention and investigations. Our officers regularly meet with students and staff to identify needs or concerns. Campus Police officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Campus police provide specialized training for students in physical assault prevention. Additionally, the Campus Police offer the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter response training. For further information about these programs and course offerings, please contact the Campus Police Department. Information regarding crime prevention is also available through our offices.

Campus crime statistics associated with the federal government’s student-right-to-know laws can be found on this website in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. All statistics are reported annually to the federal government and are published for the review of our community.

Shawn Cisna

Black Hawk College is a wonderful place to receive an education! We have a committed and dedicated staff that cares deeply for the safety and protection of our students, faculty and staff.

We are committed to providing professional police services to the Black Hawk College community.

Chief Shawn Cisna
Black Hawk College Alumnus

Illinois Compiled Statutes, Public Community College Act Chapter 110, Act 805, Sec. 42.1
“(b) members of the community college district police department, or department of public safety, who are law enforcement officers as defined in the Illinois Police Training Act, shall be peace officers under the laws of this State. As such, law enforcement officer members of these departments shall have all of the powers of police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants for violations of State statutes and to enforce county or city ordinances in all counties that lie within the community college district, when such is required for the protection of community college personnel, students, property or interests.”

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