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The Northwest Florida State College Police Department takes pride in protecting and serving the college community! Here you will find information on crime reporting, emergency action guides, general safety and security information, annual safety reporting, and anonymous reporting for criminal or suspicious activity.
Annual Safety and Fire Report
Emergency Action Guide
It is the policy of NWF State College that all students and employees of NWF State College campuses are to report criminal acts and safety hazards or occurrences known to them. The proper reporting procedure is to contact the NWF State College Physical Plant Department, (850) 729-5380.
Safety and Closure Notification
NWF State College employs a variety of methods to inform students and staff regarding safety or closure notices, such as storm-related/hurricane closures. Depending on the situation, some or all of the notification methods below may be used including:
- NWF State College Alert
The NWF State College Alert system reaches students and staff with emergency information and updates through automatic phone calls, and/or text messages issued by the college. Students are responsible to maintain their most current contact information in their NWF State College file.
- All campus e-mail
Messages are sent to all student & employee college e-mail addresses. Students should always check their email accounts daily for any updates, especially in an emergency situation.
- Recorded Emergency Line Phone Message
The following number will be used for recorded messages regarding closure or emergency (850) 729-6822. This number is only activated during incidents in which the emergency action plan is enacted.
- Campus Main Phone Message
Recorded messages may be posted to the main campus number (850) 678-5111
- Campus Intercom
A campus live-voice message system which issues voice messages through the campus fire alarm system may be utilized. Listen carefully and immediately follow all live-voice messages issued through this method.
- Posted Static Messages
May be placed on campus signs, marquees, or additional signage on campus may be utilized.
- Posted Website Message
Special news alerts may be placed on the college’s home page.
- Area Media Outlets
If warranted, closure or emergency notices are issued to various local media (radio/TV/Newspaper).
What can I do to help myself stay safe?
- Lock your vehicle doors at all times
- Don’t “prop” doors open
- Engrave or mark all personal property with your name and phone number and/or driver’s license number
- Exercising? Traveling? Don’t go alone — take a friend or partner
- Be aware of any unusual or suspicious persons, conditions, etc.
- Stay in well-lit areas of the campus
- Check the backseat of your car before entering
- Make photocopies of all important papers, documents, or identification you carry with you
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street or change directions, walk or run toward people, traffic or lights.
- Call the NWF State College Police Department at (850) 729-6888.
- Call 911 in an emergency situation.
Annually updated campus crime statistics can be found in the College Catalog indexed under “Crime, Summary of Reported Campus Crimes” or go to the US Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security website. In all instances of criminal occurrence, loss of property, assault, threat, injury, or attempted crime, the Physical Plant Department must be contacted as soon as possible in order to facilitate proper reporting and resource utilization and to record the occurrence for further study and preventive action.
Sexual Predator Notification (Florida Statute 1006.695)
Federal and State law requires a person designated as a sexual predator or offender to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE then is required to notify the local law enforcement agency where the registrant resides, attends, or is employed by an institution of high learning.
Information regarding sexual predators or offenders attending an institution of higher learning may be obtained from the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for the particular Northwest Florida State College Campus or Center, or by calling the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) hotline at 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-888-357-7332), or by visiting the FDLE website.
I am a victim of assault on NWF State College’s campus. What should I do?
If a sexual assault happens on campus, report it to the police (911) or campus security at (850) 729-6888, or call the Dean of Students at (850) 729-6671, Human Resources at (850) 729-5365, President’s Office at (850) 729-5360 , but you should report it to some member of the college staff. A report to any college employee will set off a chain of events designed to protect the safety and well-being of the person who has been assaulted, and the college community at-large.
If the victim does not want to file an official police report of the incident, he or she can still provide the police information about the assailant. This information may help the police arrest the assailant and prevent another assault. Information may be provided directly or through a friend or advocate.
All reports of sexual assault are treated as confidential. The college will work with authorized agencies such as hospitals, public law enforcement, and campus security to obtain needed assistance for the victims and to take steps for resolution. Disclosure is confidential and will not be released. If the victim is a minor, the parents or guardian will be informed. The College will ensure case follow-up and assist with person concerns, victim advocacy and counseling referral services.
Help is available from the State Attorney’s Office for victims with questions or doubts about prosecution.