HCPD officers are appointed by the Harper College Board of Trustees as "conservators of the peace" within the intent of the Public Community College Act. Under Chapter 110, Illinois Compiled Statutes, Section 805/3-42.1
(b) "Members of the Community College district police department or department of public safety who are law enforcement officers, as defined in the Illinois Police Act shall be peace officers under the law of this state. As such, law enforcement officer members of these departments shall have all of the powers of police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants for violations of State statutes and to enforce county or city ordinances in all counties that lie within the community college district, when such is required for the protection of community college personnel, students, property, or interests. Such officers shall have no power to serve and execute civil process."
They cooperate with all law enforcement agencies and investigate crime reports from members of the College community. Reports not relating to Harper College are referred to the appropriate agency.
John R. Lawson M.S.
Johnette Van Dien #817