About Campus Police
Meredith College campus police officers provide 24-hour patrol service to the campus, including residence halls, parking lots and grounds. The department has armed police officers and security officers. Campus police officers and security officers wear a distinctive dark blue uniform with distinguishing shoulder patches and badge. Officers do not wear civilian or plain clothes while conducting security business on the campus.
The campus police department is responsible for crime reports, initial investigations, coordinating fire and emergency medical services, traffic accident reports and other public safety services. Officers prepare and submit incident reports to the campus police chief who distributes them to other College officials.
Law Enforcement Authority
Campus police officers have full police authority on College property under the provisions of Paragraph 74E of the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina. Police commissions are granted under that statute by the Attorney General of North Carolina, including the power to make arrests for felonies and misdemeanors within the agency’s jurisdiction. The Campus Police maintain a close working relationship with the Raleigh Police Department both through informal meetings and formal agreements between the departments.
Security and Access To Campus Facilities
Campus buildings and facilities are accessible to the campus community, guests and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Campus classroom buildings are accessible from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Officers regularly patrol the campus to ensure a high level of physical security. They also note any safety hazards such as defective lighting, inoperative doors or locks, broken sidewalks, steps or handrails and any other hazardous conditions. These are reported in writing to the maintenance department.
- Access to the campus is controlled after evening closing hours (11 p.m.). Students must check in with the gatehouse officer when returning to campus after these hours.
- Residence halls are equipped with automatic door locks which are activated by student CamCards.