With growing concern around campus safety, Lake Land College has taken a variety of measures to enhance the safety of students and employees alike. According to Chief of Police Randy Ervin, the college has a strong track record for providing a safe environment. In fact, twice the college has been named the safest campus in Illinois by StateUniversity.com.
“We are proud to say that at Lake Land College, your child and family members are very safe,” Josh Bullock, Lake Land College president said. “We strive to provide an affordable, quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and our hard work has paid off.”
The college takes many precautions in order to ensure the safety of the campus. For instance, the Lake Land College Police Department is staffed with 12 certified police officers, employed either full-time or part-time, who work to patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, the college formed a Campus Security Committee that meets once per semester to address security issues on campus.
According to Ervin, the committee meets regularly and a few years ago, it established a goal of placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every building including off-campus sites. That goal has been achieved from seeking grants, holding fund-raisers and budgeting.
The college also utilizes an emergency alert system. According to Ervin, the committee recognized several years ago the importance of a campus-wide alert system incorporating text messaging, emails and an intercom system. The college also established a way to report concerning behaviors as a proactive approach to prevent violence or issues on campus. The Behavioral Intervention/Violence Prevention Plan allows Lake Land employees to report concerning behaviors to a five-member team. According to Ervin, this reporting process allows for any individual on the campus to be involved in maintaining the safety of the college community.