Department of Public Safety

Sinclair Police BadgeThe men and women of the Department of Public Safety are dedicated to maintaining a safe environment. We can only achieve a truly safe campus through the cooperation of the campus community. Each of us must assume personal responsibility by reporting crime and taking precautions to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim. The Department of Public Safety and Sinclair Police serve the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing emergency services, responding to criminal and non-criminal incidents, providing escorts to your vehicle or assisting in finding a lost item.

The Department of Public Safety is made up of Sinclair Police, Public Safety and the Communications Center.

About Sinclair Police

The Sinclair Police Department employs 18 full-time and 3 part-time sworn professional police officers. All full-time officers have attended over 450 hours of training through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and are certified as police officers by the State of Ohio. All officers undergo continuing specialized training in firearms, first aid, CPR, defensive tactics, legal updates, and other law enforcement subjects to maintain their skills. The department utilizes motorized patrol, bike patrol, and foot patrol of campus buildings, grounds, and parking garages and lots 24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays when the campus is closed.

Firm but reasonable enforcement of State laws, Dayton City ordinances and rules and regulations of the college, coupled with crime prevention and safety programs, helps to meet these responsibilities. The department's goal is to promote, preserve and deliver feelings of safety through quality service to the campus community.

The Sinclair Police Department encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes or incidents. Sinclair Police investigates all criminal incidents and initiates any required legal action. Sinclair Police officers are empowered by the State of Ohio to arrest any offender and bring that person before the local court system for judgment.

Sinclair Police make timely warning reports to the campus community of serious crimes, such as murder, manslaughter, robbery, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, rape and hate crime. These crimes are reported to the campus community using Nixle, a free, text-based system available to anyone who subscribes, issuing Crime Alert bulletins utilizing electronic mail systems, the Clarion student newspaper, utilizing bulletin boards throughout campus and the Sinclair web site.

Assistance is available from the Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Ohio State Patrol, the Miami Valley Crime Laboratory, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation if needed. Sinclair Police cooperates with all local police authorities, state authorities, and federal authorities in the exercise of its responsibilities.

The Sinclair Student Activities Office is responsible for student disciplinary proceedings. Sinclair Police and the Student Activities Office work collaboratively to resolve incidents of student misconduct that affect College policies and procedures.

Sinclair Community College maintains an open campus environment and encourages the community to participate in activities that are open to the public. However, the College reserves the right to restrict unauthorized persons from its grounds when appropriate.

Mission, Vision, Values and Motto

Mission:  To be the trusted Public Safety service provider ensuring a safe and a secure learning environment for students, faculty and staff of Sinclair Community College

Vision:  To be recognized as one of the best Police Agencies in the region through cooperative partnerships with the community, public and private organizations.

Values:  Sinclair Police Officers shall utilize professionalism, integrity, honest and accountability to support their oath as sworn law enforcement officers.

Motto:  Fair, Firm and Friendly

About the Public Safety Department

The department employs over 60 part-time Security Information Officers, two student officers, and  two administrative/clerical staff. The members of these units do not have statutory arrest powers, but work to assist with security matters, provide additional "eyes and ears" across the campus and maintain the records division.

The Eaton location along with the Englewood, Huber Heights and Mason are patrolled by Safety Information Officers (SIOs). These officers have received additional training in First Aid, CPR, AED and vehicle assists.

The department also employs a part-time Safety Coordinator who reviews all injuries that may occur at any campus, administers the campus emergency plans and coordinates the National Weather Service's Storm Ready program at all of the campuses.

About the Communications Center

The Sinclair Police Communications Center serves as a vital link between the college community and the department in matters relating to public safety and emergency assistance. The Communications Center is staffed by three full-time and seven part-time dispatchers 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is responsible for answering calls for police, fire and emergency medical assistance, maintenance and escort services, monitoring fire, intrusion, emergency and maintenance alarms, dispatching and coordinating police, fire and EMS units in emergency and non-emergency situations.

The Communications Center is linked via computer network to the Dayton Police Department and other local, state, and national law enforcement agencies. The Center operates a dynamic computer-based system which monitors and /or controls various life safety and protection systems throughout campus.. 

Chief Charles J. Gift
Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police
Sinclair Police Department