The Southwestern College Police Department is committed to achieving excellence through professional and unbiased law enforcement services to our students, staff, faculty as well as the surrounding community by treating everyone with dignity and respect and performing our duties in line with the college community’s values and priorities.
The College Police Department is staffed with personnel to provide law enforcement and public safety services from the hours of 5am though 12:00am, Monday through Saturday except for holidays and designated academic breaks. Dispatchers are available to answer your calls. In response to a call, College Police will take the required action, either dispatching an officer or asking the victim to report to the College Police office at 105D to file an incident report.
When to Contact College Police
College Police Officers are sworn peace officers in compliance with the California Education Code 72330 and the California Penal code 830.32(a). They receive the same training as all peace officers in the county and state and have the same enforcement authority on or about the campus, which is to enforce Federal and state laws as well as institutional policies. College Police Officers have jurisdiction to operate on Southwestern Community College District owned or controlled property, adjacent properties and public streets, and ultimately throughout the State of California in cooperation with other government agencies and mutual aid situations. College Police Officers have the authority to make arrests on and around the campuses of the Southwestern Community College District and throughout the State of California.
All reported crimes will be investigated and may become a matter of public record. All student conduct-related incident reports are forwarded to Student Services for review and action. If assistance is required from the local Police agencies or the local Fire Department, College Police will contact the appropriate unit. If a sexual assault or rape should occur, College Police officers will offer the victim a wide variety of services.
The College Police Department maintains a strong working relationship with state and local police agencies. They primarily interact and collaborate with the Chula Vista Police Department, the National City Police Department, the San Diego Police Department, and the California State Parks Department.