Safety on college campuses can be improved, and many crimes can be prevented with on-campus law enforcement officers. As of Aug. 10 of this year, Joliet Junior College has made a big law enforcement presence on campus by expanding and remodeling the campus police facility, which can be found near the fitness center on the southwest side of campus in G building. The facility previously was 2,700 square feet, but now boasts close to 13,600 square feet, so there’s plenty of room for training, holding conferences and meetings, and even detaining and holding individuals that are taken into custody. With 15 fully sworn-in officers, 20 campus safety officers, record clerks, dispatchers and administrative assistants, it definitely is beneficial to have a big space for everyone to assemble in. Brandon Campbell joined JJC as the chief of police in Jan. of 2021, and has an extensive background in law enforcement starting from 2007 when he started in Indiana as a patrolman. He has worked his way through the ranks, from working in the violent crimes division through the FBI and other various positions leading him to his present role, now joining forces at JJC. Campbell’s four biggest goals is for officers to be approachable to the student body and ask questions that may not always be about law enforcement related issues, being steadily prepared and well trained for any crucial threats made to the college, to create a work environment that colleagues love to come work in and to become an accredited police department. With a brand new spacious and state of the art police department facility, you can expect big and exciting new things to come to JJC staff and its students with Campbell expressing that they plan on communicating and hosting more activities with the student body and staff soon.
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