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Department of Public Safety


The Howard Community College Department of Public Safety is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students, employees, and visitors on College property. Department of Public Safety provides physical security, investigative services, public safety education, first aid, and other assistance in a professional and courteous manner.

The Department of Public Safety office has the primary responsibility for serving the safety and security needs of the campus community. All campus buildings and facilities are patrolled and inspected regularly to ensure a safe and comfortable academic environment where learning is the central focus. Department of Public Safety staff are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

No community can be completely risk-free in today's society. Safety and security are everyone's responsibility. Therefore, the collective efforts of students and staff in collaboration with Department of Public Safety are necessary. Students, staff, and visitors are partners in maintaining an environment that is safe and conducive to the learning process. Everyone is asked to be alert, security conscious, and involved. Students are required to abide by the Code for Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, as well as all College policies, regulations, and procedures.
The main Security office is located on the first floor of the Rouse Company Foundation (RCF) building.

Responding to Emergencies

Emergency Assistance

HCC's security officers respond to all types of public safety emergencies and provide safety escorts. Security officers are available 24 hours a day to respond to your call. The red phones and blue emergency poles located throughout the campus connect directly to the security office.

Emergencies, call ext. 5555 from any campus phone or 443-518-5555. 

Non-emergency, call the Department of Public Safety Office at 443-518-5500

Director of the Department of Public Safety
Ken McGlynn, Director

HCC Mobile Alert System

The Howard Community College Mobile Alert System enables you to receive instant notification of important campus information to your phone, email, pager, or desktop RSS application. Sign-up here!


Howard Community College is wholly committed to providing a safe campus for our students and visitors. Our Department of Public Safety provides around-the-clock surveillance, on foot and in vehicles, to protect our community. Policies and emergency procedures are solidly in place, and our staff members are well trained to carry them out. Our security and safety teams also collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to effectively respond to emergency situations that impact our students' safety.

Emergency Operations Training Video

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HCC Exposure Control Plan for Blood-bourne Pathogens Utilizing Standard/Universal Precautions

Safety Contact
Bob Marietta:



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Emergency Info & Closings