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Crime Prevention

Personal Safety

At home, in an apartment building, or in a residence hall:
1. keep your room door locked when you are napping or sleeping.
2. Never let unauthorized persons come into your room, enter residence halls, or enter apartment security doors. Always ask to see proper identification.
3. Never prop open inside or outside doors.
4. Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
5. Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
6. Never dress in front of a window. Close blinds or curtains after dark.
7. If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call the police.
8. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Police immediately.

When driving:
1. Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
2. Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
3. Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
4. Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
5. Never hitchhike and never pick up hitchhikers.
6. If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
7. If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other drive an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
8. Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
9. Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to your residence.
10. Limit distraction such as cell phones.

While walking or jogging:
1. Avoid walking or jogging alone and try not to walk or job after dark.
2. Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
3. Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or more quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a blue light emergency phone.
4. Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
5. Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.

While out on a date:
The unfortunate statistic is that 90% of rapes occur between people who already know each other and that approximately half of rapes happen on dates. This is commonly known as "date rape" or "acquaintance rape." While sexual assault and rape by an attacker is never the victim's fault, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Take your time in getting to know your companion or "date." Don't spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself from situations that you don't feel good about.
2. Stay wit ha group of people. Avoid risky areas, such as deserted areas.
3. Avoid excessive alcohol. According to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, more than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have been victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
4. Be alert for possible use of "date rape drugs" such as Rohypnol, which is illegal in the United States. Someone can slip it into a drink. It causes drowsiness, a loss of coordination, dizziness and memory loss. Never take drinks from other people and don't leave your drink unattended.
5. Tell someone you trust your date's name, destination, and planned time of return.
6. Take money for a phone call and taxi fare with you.

Sexual Assault Prevention Education
Nearly 1 in 5 women report being sexually assaulted while attending college, yet the U.S. Department of Justice suggests that sexual assault is the least reported violent crime in the nation. Although these statistics are disturbing, campus law enforcement administrators are in the unique position to reduce these numbers. The solution and manner that is the key to a department's success is its ability to build partnerships through ­community policing efforts.

The majority of sexual assaults reported to police or other campus authorities are acquaintance rapes. However, many people envision a "typical rape" scenario to be one that involves a stranger attacking victims at random. This type of situation remains an exception. Moreover, studies that examine the perceptions and fears associated with sexual assaults among college-age women have revealed:

  • They are less likely to acknowledge or understand the risks associated with men they know.
  • They often don't understand the definition of sexual assault and the inherent risk factors associated with drugs and alcohol.
  • They are more likely to fear being raped by a stranger than by an acquaintance.

From here, we begin to see the importance of education to enhance our community's understanding of the risks college women face. Additionally, campus law enforcement plays a significant role, not only in responding to these incidents, but also in prevention via outreach and training programs.

Prevention of Sexual Assault works best, when the college supports NO tolerance of illegal sexual harassment and violence. It is also important to have personnel at every school, college and university who work together collaboratively to combat it in a coordinated manner. 

This policy is clear at Dodge City Community College regarding Sexual assault and Harassment. Zero-Tolerance Is the Stance and students should be clear about whom to contact in the event of an assault, confidentiality issues, and services afforded the victim. Contact Dodge Community College Security Department (620) 227-9311, Dodge City Police Department (620) 227-4501 or Emergency Communications 911 if you have any questions or additional need information and resources.

Active Shooter Situation
The following information will provide people in our college campus community with options if they ever find themselves in a situation such as an active shooter situation, or where someone is wanting to cause them harm; and providing the options so that they can make a quick decision. A response to an active shooter is one of the most stressful situations that anyone will ever face. Prior to the arrival of campus law enforcement and police officers, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the situation, keeping in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation. If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, try to remain as calm as possible and use these are only suggested options to help you plan a strategy for life survival.

Active Shooter Outside Building 

  • Go to a room that can be locked or barricaded by using available material.
  • Close the window blinds, turn off the lights and get everyone down of the floor so that no one is visible from outside the room.
  • Spread out and seek concealment behind walls, desks, file cabinets, etc.
  • Have someone call 9-1-1.
  • When you reach the dispatcher, describe the situation and give your name and location; remain in place until police give the 'All Clear.'
  • Unfamiliar voices may be the shooter attempting to lure victims from their safe space; do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a campus law enforcement officers or police officers.

 Active Shooter Inside Building  

  • If possible, secure the room you are in by either locking or barricading the door using available material and follow the same procedures described above.
  • If you cannot secure the room, determine if there is a nearby location that you are able to reach safely and then secure or if you can safely exit the building.Active Shooter Inside Room.

 Active Shooter Inside Room 

  • If the active shooter enters your office or classroom, there are no set procedures. The decision to flee or seek shelter inside the room can only be made by you and is dependent upon the circumstances.
  • Try to remain calm; it will aid you in decision making.
  • Call 911 if possible, and alert police to the shooter's location.
  • If you can't speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is taking place. Usually the location of a caller can be determined without speaking.
  • If there is absolutely no opportunity of escape or concealment and the shooter is not actively firing on victims it might be possible to negotiate with the shooter.
  • If the shooter has fired on victims you are faced with a life or death situation; only you can consider your next course of action.
  • After all other options have been exhausted, you may be faced with the decision to overpower the shooter with force by whatever means necessary.

 Active Shooter Leaves Room  

  • If the shooter leaves the area and the environment appears safe, proceed immediately to a safer place.
  • Do not touch anything that was in the area of the shooter because of the possibility of explosives being left and the destruction of crucial evidence.

What Should You Do? 

  • Make sure you have an escape route in mind.
  • Do not attempt to carry anything in your hands while fleeing; move quickly
  • Keep your hands visible, and follow instructions given by any campus law enforcement officers or police officers you may encounter.
  • If you know where the shooter is located, tell the officers.
  • Remain at the designated assembly point until you have been released.
  • Do not drive off campus until told it is safe to do so by campus law enforcement officers or police officers.

 What You Should Expect? 

  • Responding campus law enforcement officers or police officers are trained to proceed immediately to the area where the shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible.
  • The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured victims; rescue teams composed of additional officers will follow the first team into secured areas and remove injured persons.
  • The first officers on the scene will likely be campus law enforcement officers. Depending on the situation, they may be joined by officers from the Dodge City Police Department and Ford County Sheriffs Department. They may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns. Do as the officers tell you and do not be afraid of them.