Police & Public Safety

Main Location
Senatobia: The McLendon Center
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Campus Police Office is part of the Division of Student Services and reports to the Vice President for Student Services. The Director/Chief of Campus Police is responsible for the management of the office and staff. All other public safety services are coordinated with key college and local officials. The Campus Police staff consists of both full- and part-time officers who are certified through the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy and have constable powers under authority of state statute. All certified officers are armed and have arrest powers. They are responsible for enforcement of college rules and regulations and the laws of the state of Mississippi on the campuses of Northwest Mississippi Community College. Police jurisdiction includes all college-owned, rented or leased property. Campus Police officers are based on the Senatobia campus, DeSoto Center and Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center. NWCC Campus Police works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, such as the City of Senatobia Police Department, Tate County Sheriff’s Department, City of Southaven Police Department, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, City of Oxford Police Department, and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, in investigations of shared concern and have a written Memorandum of Understanding with these departments concerning the investigations. The staff is also composed of security guards who perform parking patrols, vehicle boosts, residence hall room and vehicle unlocks and other related functions.

The Campus Police telephone number for the Senatobia Campus ( 662 562-3314) is monitored 24 hours a day by a dispatcher or by an officer operating a cell phone.  After normal business hours (8am-4:30pm) calls are answered by Tate County E-911. Dispatchers can contact the fire department, other law enforcement agencies or emergency medical services by direct phone line or radio.  For non-emergencies after hours such as dorm unlocks, students and staff may call (662) 560-6907 and speak directly to a Campus Police Officer. Personnel also monitor the National Weather Service radio network.

The Annual Security Report can be located on page 284 of the Bulletin.

Parking Regulations–Senatobia
The responsibility for finding legal parking spaces rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation. The College does not guarantee a parking space in your desired zone. The Howard Coliseum parking lot is designated as an overflow parking area. Failure by any individual to find a legal parking space shall not be an excuse for the violation of these regulations.

  1. The color of the decal issued will designate the zone in which vehicles may be parked. Any motor vehicle which is parked in an area not designated as the proper zone will be ticketed. Resident students must park at their assigned residence hall lot.
  2. Decals for the Senatobia campus are color coded as follows:
    1. Male residence hall students—white
    2. Female residence hall students—blue
    3. Commuting students—green 
    4. Faculty and staff—red
  3. No student may park in a red zone (faculty and staff parking space) for any reason for any length of time.
  4. If a student changes residence halls, the student must obtain and affix the appropriate parking decal on the day of the move. There is no charge for this change of decal.
  5. Commuting students must park only in their designated parking areas. Commuter students are not permitted to park at residence halls for any reason. Residence hall students are only permitted to park at their residence hall. Having a white decal (male residence hall) does not entitle a student to park in any male residence hall parking lot, other than the residence hall they are assigned to. Having a blue decal (female residence hall) does not entitle a student to park in any female residence hall parking lot, other than the residence hall they are assigned to. Administrators, faculty, and staff may park wherever necessary on campus (except in spaces designated for the disabled, where curbing is painted yellow, on sidewalks, across parking lanes, or on campus lawns).
  6. In the event that a residence hall student must attend a class at the Oxford or DeSoto Centers, their residence hall decal will be honored as a commuter decal. These students must park in areas designated for commuter parking only. These students are not permitted to park in areas designated for faculty and staff.
  7. The Band Field Parking Lot, the Highway 51 Parking Lot and the North Physical Science Parking Lot, with the exception of faculty/staff parking spaces, are for commuter parking only. 100 • Campus Regulations
  8. Disabled persons will receive special consideration upon application to the Office of Disability Services.
  9. Vehicles are not to be parked where curbing is painted yellow, on sidewalks, across parking lanes, in the street, or on campus lawns. Students, faculty, or staff members may park in the 15-minute zones at any time, but not longer than 15 minutes.
  10. Abandoned vehicles or vehicles causing a traffic hazard may be towed by a local wrecker service at the owner’s expense without warning to the owner.
  11. Any vehicle operated by a person whose driving privileges have been suspended will be towed away at the owner’s expense if found by Campus Police.
  12. Any vehicle parked in a reserved or no parking area can be towed if deemed necessary by Campus Police.

Parking Regulations–DeSoto Center/ Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center

The responsibility for finding legal parking spaces rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation.

  1. The color of the decal issued will designate the zone in which vehicles must be parked at all times. Any motor vehicle improperly parked will be ticketed.
  2. Disabled persons will receive special consideration upon application to the Office of Campus Police.
  3. Vehicles are not to be parked where curbing is painted yellow, in the street, on sidewalks, across parking lanes, or on campus lawns.
  4. Abandoned vehicles or vehicles causing a traffic hazard may be towed by a local wrecker service at the owner’s expense without warning to the owner.
  5. Any vehicle operated by a person whose driving privileges have been suspended will be towed at the owner’s expense if found by Campus Police.
  6. Any vehicle parked in a reserved or no parking area can be towed if deemed necessary by Campus Police.
  7. The DeSoto Center front gate opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Vehicles left in the parking lot after 10 p.m. will remain secured until 7 a.m. the next morning.
  8. The speed limit in all parking lots is 5 mph. Visitor Parking Only visitors are allowed to park in spaces designated for visitors. For the purpose of these regulations, the term “visitor” includes all individuals who are NOT affiliated with the College as a student enrolled in classes, staff, faculty, external employee or vendor/construction worker.

Visitor Parking
Only visitors are allowed to park in spaces designated for visitors. For the purpose of these regulations, the term “visitor” includes all individuals who are NOT affiliated with the College as a student enrolled in classes, staff, faculty, external employee or vendor/construction worker.

Appeals
A student wishing to appeal a violation penalty should make the appeal to the Campus Police Office within five working days of receiving a citation. Any person who fails to appear and contest a ticket after five days from the date of the ticket shall be considered to have waived the right to an appeal. Ignorance of the regulations or unavailability of a legal parking space is not grounds for an appeal. Ticket appeals will be forwarded to the issuing officer for review. If the ticket is not dismissed by the officer, it will be referred to the Ticket Appeal Committee for consideration. The decision of the committee is final; there is no second appeal process. Any student found responsible for violating Sections 105, 106, or 109 of the Student Code of Conduct automatically terminates their right to filing an appeal for a citation connected to that incident. Information about the Ticket Appeal Committee, including meeting dates, may be obtained at the Campus Police Office.

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