Interim Administrative Procedure
Interim AP 3520
The Manager and Director of Public Safety maintain a close working relationship with
the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka
Police Department. The Public Safety Department occasionally works with other law
enforcement agencies in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Meetings may be held between the
leaders of these agencies on both a formal and informal basis. The Public Safety Department
and local law enforcement agencies communicate regularly at the scene of incidents that occur in
and around the campus area. When incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts,
resources, crime related reports and exchanges of information, the Public Safety
Department works closely with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The District has
interagency protocol agreements with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (Eureka campus
and Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site), Eureka Police Department (Eureka Downtown Campus),
the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office (Del Norte Campus), and the Arcata and Fortuna Police
Departments (non-campus locations) to clarify agency jurisdiction and response responsibility.
Public Safety Department officers do not possess arrest power as they are not sworn peace
officers. The Department of Public Safety refers criminal incidents to the local law enforcement
agency with jurisdiction. Public Safety Department officers have non-sworn peace officer
duties, including but not limited to the authority to ask persons for identification and to
determine whether individuals have lawful business at College of the Redwoods. The Public
Safety Department has authority under the laws of Citizens Arrest (Penal Codes 834 and 837)
and the District Board of Trustees to provide safety for persons and property on campus, respond
to emergency situations, assist in medical emergencies and other related safety needs, as well as
enforce campus parking regulations.
The District encourages the prompt reporting of crimes and suspicious activity to the Public
Safety Department or local law enforcement. Crimes should be reported to the Public Safety
Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely
warning notices to the community, when appropriate. Campus “Professional Counselors” are
encouraged if and when they deem it appropriate to inform persons being counseled of the
procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics. A
“Professional Counselor” for purposes of this process is an employee of the District whose
official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to District employees and
students and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.
For more information on crime reporting, see Board Policy 3515 and Administrative Procedure
Reference: Education Code §§ 67381, 72330.5; Penal Code §§ 834, 837; 34 CFR § 668.46
Approved: Interim AP approved by President/Superintendent – 1/21/15