Department of
Public Safety

Public Safety

Public Safety Contact Information

Police/Fire Emergency call or text 911

Office Hours: 7am - 11pm

OCC Safe Mobile App

New OCC Safe app will increase the safety of students and employees on OCC campuses.

A new smartphone app is being launched by OCC’s Public Safety Department that provides students and employees with immediate access to emergency and safety information as well as campus police to increase the safety of users on all OCC campuses.

The OCC Safe app provides information on:

  • Campus emergency alerts
  • Emergency response plans in the event of a campus fire, severe weather, and/or other on-campus emergency situations
  • It also allows users to share their location in real time with friends and family in the event of a campus emergency
  • It also allows users to share their location to a friend in real time while walking through campus, for example, to and from their vehicle
  • It also provides support resources for suicide intervention, mental health and substance abuse concerns and sexual misconduct issues

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  • Safety Escorts
  • Crime Prevention Services
  • Campus Information/Directions
  • Vehicle Jump Starts/Lockouts
  • Lost & Found
  • Crash Reports

Visit the CLEMIS site to obtain traffic accident or crash reports.

Public Safety Officers respond to:

  • All Campus Emergencies
  • All Criminal & Civil Matters
  • Environmental Issues
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Parking Complaints
  • Traffic Crashes

About Public Safety

The Oakland Community College Department of Public Safety provides a full range of law enforcement services to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the College properties.  The Department is committed to protecting life property and maintaining order while assuring fair and equal treatment to everyone while respecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of the College community.  The department was established in July 2002 by the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees. 

All of the department's uniformed officers are fully sworn, have full arrest powers and meet the standards as defined by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Officers enforce all federal, state and local laws along with Oakland Community College Board of Trustees and Department of Public Safety policies to include enforcement authority and jurisdiction, and the accurate and prompt reporting of crime to the proper authorities.

The department maintains a cooperative relationship with the Oakland County Sheriff Department.  This collaborative relationship also extends to the local law enforcement agencies that border the College’s multi campus system.  These departments include Auburn Hills, Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield, and Waterford.

Striving to provide a supportive and secure environment where people can feel safe to visit, learn and work. Officers utilize a closed circuit security camera system (CCTV) throughout the common interior areas and the exterior grounds along with highly visible patrols during campus hours.

Emergency closing of the College or of a specific campus will be announced on the radio at WJR-AM (760), WWJ-AM (950) WDIV (Channel 4), WXYZ (Channel 7), FOX2 NEWS (Channel 2).  Closing information will also be posted on the College homepage, recorded on the main College phone number (248) 341-2298 and broadcast via the OCC Emergency Alert System.

To receive immediate notification of the College closing, please ensure you’ve updated your method for notification via the secure portal.

College Police Authority

On July 15, 2002, the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees authorized the College to form a police department.  They also formed a Public Safety Advisory Committee.  The Public Safety Advisory Committee shall receive and address grievances by persons against College Police Officers or the College Police Department and may recommend to the Chief of Public Safety that disciplinary measures be taken against a Police Officer who is found responsible for misconduct in office.  Review the Complaint Policy and Procedure. To file a complaint, use the Citizen Complaint Form.


OCC provides free "open parking" on all campuses with designated parking for those with disabilities, short-term/temporary and College vehicles. Unauthorized parking in a designated parking space will result in a ticket. To take care of a ticket, follow the instructions on the ticket.

Please check OCC's campus maps for parking lot locations, information and helpful tips. The first two weeks of classes are very busy. Arrive early for your class, especially night classes. Park in marked spaces only and avoid parking in fire lanes or on yellow diagonal lines. Parking for those with disabilities (Handicap parking) requires a state permit obtained from the Secretary of States office. 

Minors on Campus

Non-Enrolled Children/Minors on Campus - In order not to disrupt the teaching and learning activities, students, staff and visitors are not permitted to have children accompany them into college classrooms, laboratories, or studios whether the children are supervised or not. The only exceptions are prearranged tours, field trips, enrolled minors or college-coordinated programs for children.

Students, staff and visitors are not permitted to leave unenrolled minors, unattended on college property or in campus buildings.  Children who are not enrolled at Oakland Community College must be supervised by an adult.

Children are welcome to visit a campus, but they must be supervised by adults at all times. The college does not assume responsibility for the safety of children left unattended.

For more information on the Administrative Policy for Minors on Campus

Minors Involved in College-Sponsored Programs – Examples of College-Sponsored programs include without limitation summer camps, outreach activities, workshops, conferences, tutoring, educational programs, licensed child care facilities, and sponsored student organization activities. 

Public Safety shall comply with the OCC Administrative Policy on Minors on Campus regarding minors in College-Sponsored Programs.

Clery Policy

Oakland Community College is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for its students and staff.  The college and shall comply with its obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) (the “Clery Act”).

Campus Security Authority Policy

A Campus Safety Authority (CSA) is defined as an individual who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, who must document and report to the Department of Public Safety, information on Clery Act crime, that the CSA has received and has a reasonable basis for believing that the information is valid.

All Campus Safety Authority individuals/personnel must be identified annually, and provided annual training consistent with their role, of accurately and timely reporting of Clery Act Crimes.