Public Safety Department


On behalf of the Public Safety Department, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Berkeley College. We want to assure you that we will continuously work around the clock to maintain a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike. We believe that safety is a shared responsibility and ask that you join us in making our campuses, as well as our local communities, a safe and pleasant place to learn, live, and work.

You can help in a couple of ways: first, by being aware of your surroundings and belongings, and secondly, by reporting unusual or suspicious behavior. Working together we will make Berkeley College a safe community.

Please familiarize yourself with the Berkeley College Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures below:

Berkeley College Emergency Management Response

The Emergency Management Plan is a location-based plan that guides the Emergency Management Team during a major emergency. The team leaser or their designee at each location would be responsible for the following actions:

• Ensuring that notification is made to emergency responders (police department, fire department, emergency medical services, etc.)
• Coordinating with responding emergency services personnel.
• Ensuring that notification is made to the Emergency Management Team (EMT) along with the Crisis Management Team (CMT)
• Ensuring that Command Centers (designated places at each location) are operational with all necessary communication and emergency equipment. (A secondary Command Center will also be designated where reasonable).
• Determining if a lock down or a full or partial evacuation of any building is necessary and initiating that process if warranted.

Lock Down Procedures

In the event of a lock down, you will be instructed to either simply remain inside the building or to move quickly out of common areas and into the nearest classroom or office.

Evacuation Guidelines

Notification to evacuate a building will be made by means of the fire alarm, public address systems, hand held public address horns, telephones, word of mouth or any other means that may be available at that time. In the event of a fire, Berkeley College employees, students and visitors are required to evacuate the building. In non-fire emergencies, a decision to evacuate will be based on the scenario. Consideration will be given to the specific threat (bomb threat, explosion, hazardous material incident etc.), its context (time of day, its likelihood etc.) and the recommendation of public safety officials. When the order is given to evacuate a building for any reason, the procedure is basically the same. Occupants are instructed to follow life safety survival skills, not to use elevators and to evacuate by way of the nearest safe stairway. They are instructed to exit the building and proceed to a pre-designated Emergency Assembly Area. If a decision is made not to evacuate, the Emergency Management Team members will have the responsibility to pass the word throughout the building or the entire location.

For more information please visit the Berkeley College Emergency Management Master Plan.


The mission of the Berkeley College Public Safety Department is to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. The success of this mission is based on relationships built on respect, understanding, and cooperation. It is through these fundamental principles that we are able to achieve and support a positive educational experience for our students.