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Germanna Becomes First VCCS State Certified Crime Prevention Campus

August 30, 2017 | Virginia News

Germanna received the honor of being the first college within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to become a State Certified Crime Prevention Campus. Germanna is also one of only five Institutions of Higher Education of any kind in the state to be so honored since the award's inception in 2014.

The certification approval comes from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board by way of recommendation from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Crime Prevention Center. GCC Police Chief Craig Branch accepted the honors along with other college police staff, college president Dr. Janet Gullickson, and DCJS Center for School and Campus Safety’s Coordinator for Campus Safety and Violence Prevention, Marc Dawkins at the August 25th Germanna College Council meeting.

To be certified, a college or university must detail crime prevention goals, programs and accomplishments. A certified crime prevention campus must have 11 core safety elements and four electives; these include having a certified crime prevention specialist on staff, maintaining mutual aid agreements with other agencies, continuing compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Act, having a crisis management plan in place and providing community based campus safety information/programs. Participant colleges/universities must undergo a rigorous application process and provide proof of overall community involvement and of meeting the mandated and optional elements. The college/university communities are then closely examined by a sub-committee of the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board (CJSB) to ensure that they meet all required elements and have proven their commitment to the safety of the community.

Germanna will retain the crime prevention campus certification for three years before the college police department must complete a reassessment process to maintain certification, including assignment of additional Virginia certified crime prevention specialists.