Police & Safety


JJC's police station is located on the southwest side of campus in G- Building, Room G-1013 just south of the Fitness Center. The Police Dispatch Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies and non- emergencies. View the Main Campus Building Map.


Chief's Message

I would like to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to visit the Joliet Junior College Police Department's (JJCPD) webpage This webpage is part of our continuing commitment to the safety of our students, staff and visitors. We hope that you will find it to be a useful and informative resource not only about the department, but also for a wide range of topics that relate to safety both on and off campus. The officers and staff of JJCPD take their oath and obligation to protect and serve the members of the JJC community seriously.

Our motto "Service – Pride – Respect" means that we take pride in providing professional, high quality service while enforcing laws and policies in a respectful manner.

We recognize that we cannot fulfill our mission of making JJC a safe learning environment without your assistance. We need you, the members of the JJC community, to be our eyes and ears, to report incidents of a criminal or suspicious nature, and to keep us informed. Together, we can accomplish our mission.

As you navigate our webpages, we welcome any questions you may have. Feedback on ideas that you would like to see addressed is also welcome.

Comments or questions may be submitted at campuspolice@jjc.edu.

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  • Reporting a Crime

    Emergencies:

    • Dial ext. 2911 from any campus phone (not pay phones). Calls go directly to Campus Police dispatch.
    • Dial 911 on any cell or pay phone. Calls will go directly to Joliet Police and Campus Police will also be notified.
    • From any of the emergency phones located throughout campus buildings and in the parking areas, push the emergency button. Calls go directly to Campus Police.


    Non-Emergencies:

    • Dial ext. 2234 from any campus phone (not pay phones)
    • Dial (815) 280-2234 from any cell phone or pay phone.


    Reporting a Crime In Person

    JJC's police station is located on the southwest side of campus in G- Building, Room G-1013 just south of the Fitness Center. The Police Dispatch Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies and non- emergencies. See the Main Campus Building Map.

  • Traffic and Parking: Regulation & Enforcement

    Traffic Regulations and Enforcement

    All state and local traffic laws apply on campus roadways and parking areas and are strictly enforced by the JJC Police Department. JJC officers conduct traffic stops to enforce these laws and may issue traffic citations, which are referred to the Will County Circuit Court. Failure to appear in court or to respond to a citation as directed may result in a driver's license suspension, the issuance of a warrant or both.

    Speed limits on campus are as follows:

    • 30 MPH on all college roads unless otherwise posted
    • 15 MPH in all parking lots
    • 5 MPH in designated fire zones

    Parking Regulations and Enforcement

    All posted parking regulations are strictly enforced. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the parking regulations in the areas that you frequent. Main restricted or designated parking areas you should know about:

    Handicapped Parking
    Handicapped parking areas are located at the front of all parking lots and are clearly posted. If you are suffering from a temporary, verifiable handicap such as a recent surgery or a broken leg, you may apply for a temporary handicapped permit at JJCPD in room G-1013. The permit will be granted if the need is verified by your doctor and it meets the State of Illinois criteria. This permit will be valid on JJC property only for up to a maximum of 45 days. Fines: $250

    Faculty / Staff Parking

    • Main Campus: North Lot 2 (located north of J-Building) and the front of South Lot 7 (located in front of E-Building) are restricted parking areas for faculty and staff and require a faculty/staff parking permit.
    • City Center Campus: The restricted faculty/staff lot is located northeast of the classroom building just north of Chicken & Spice. Vehicles without permits will be ticketed. Fines: $20 & $40

    Overnight Parking
    Overnight parking of vehicles is not permitted on any JJC campus unless the owner is on a school-sanctioned trip or in cases of a vehicle breakdown. In either case, the vehicle information must be reported to Campus Police at (815) 280-2234 prior to leaving the vehicle. Fines: $20 & $40

    Fire Lanes
    There are various areas throughout campus that are designated fire lanes. Parking or stopping in these areas is prohibited. Fines: $35 & $70

    Motorcycle Parking
    Designated motorcycle parking areas are located in the front of South Lot 1 in front of C-Building and in the front of North Lot 2 in front of J-Building.


    Parking Ticket Payment and Appeals Procedures

    Payment

    Violators have 15 days from the date of issue to pay the original fine amount. If not paid by the 15th day, the fine will automatically double. Tickets should be paid at Student Accounts and Payments located at Campus Center Enrollment Center (A-1020). View the Main Campus Map.

    Once the due date has passed, a hold will be placed on the violator. This hold will remain in effect until the ticket is paid, and will prevent the violator from transacting any college business including registration, class drops, financial aid, obtaining transcripts etc. JJCPD also reserves the right to refer unpaid tickets to Will County Court or to the Secretary of State's office for suspension of the violator's driver’s license.

    Appeals

    If you wish to appeal a parking ticket, you must come to the JJC Police Department located in room G-1013 prior to the 15 day payment deadlineand file a written appeal. Once the appeal is filed, the fine amount is frozen until the Appeals Committee rules on your case. If the appeal is granted, the ticket will be voided. If the appeal is not granted, you will be notified and you will have 15 days to pay the original fine amount or it will double.

    Questions regarding parking tickets can be directed to the JJCPD Records Division at (815) 280-6616.

  • Traffic & Parking: Regulation Violation

    Regulation Violation - Fine Collection Process

    It is the responsibility of the cited individual to resolve the Regulation Violation Notice in one of the following manners:

    1. Make payment of the designated fine amount at the Student Accounts Center in Room A 1020 by the end of the 15 day “payment due” date listed on the notice, or;
    2. File a written appeal of the notice with the Campus Police Department prior to the end of the 15-day “payment due” date listed on the notice. Note: An appeal form will be provided with the Regulation Violation Notice.

    Failure to resolve the notice in one of the above-listed manners will result in the doubling of the fine amount up to a maximum of $750 and a hold being placed on the violator’s ability to conduct any College business until the fine has been paid.

    Once the “payment due” date has passed, the Campus Police Records Division shall forward a letter to the last known address of the violator, notifying them of the placement of the hold and the new fine amount. The College reserves the right to take any additional legal steps within its authority to collect any unpaid fines.

    Fines collected shall be deposited into the “Student Fines Account” to be utilized for the purchase, repair and maintenance of Law Enforcement related equipment.


    Regulation Violation Appeals Process
    1. If an appeal is filed in regards to a violation notice, the payment due date will be stayed until the outcome of the appeal before the Appeals Committee.
    2. The Appeals Committee shall be appointed by the Chief of Police and shall be composed of one student, one staff member, one faculty member, one administrator and the Student Trustee. The Chief of Police or his/her designee will also have a seat on the Committee as a non-voting member.
    3. If the Appeals Committee rules in favor of the appeal, the violation notice will be rescinded and a notification letter will be sent to the appellant advising that the case has been resolved.
    4. If the Appeals Committee rules against the appeal, a letter will be sent to the appellant advising of the rejection of the appeal. The letter will indicate a 20 day due date, by which the outstanding fine must be paid or a hold will be placed on the violator’s ability to conduct any College business until the fine has been paid. The College reserves the right to take any additional legal steps within its authority to collect any unpaid fines.

  • JJC Sex Offender Registration Requirements

    Illinois Compiled Statutes (730 ILCS 150/2) requires that any person who is required by law to register as a sex offender and who is either a student or an employee at an institution of higher education, must also register with the police department of the institution they are employed by or attending.  For purposes of this act, a student or employee is defined as anyone working at or attending the institution for a period of five (5) days or an aggregate period of more than thirty (30) days during a calendar year. This includes persons operating as or employed by an outside contractor at the institution.

    Anyone meeting the above requirements is required to register at the Campus Police Department located in G1013, within five (5) days of enrolling or becoming employed.  

    Persons failing to register are subject to criminal prosecution.

  • Basic Self Defense for Women

    The program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

    The JJC Female Self Defense Class is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.  The class is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

    The JJC Female Self Defense Class is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics.

    The course is taught by Officer Chris Luttrell, a Nationally Certified Female Self Defense Instructor. It's never to late to be prepared for what could happen.

    Cost for the course is $20.00. 

    Chris Luttrell, Officer

    Phone: (815) 280-2234 
    Email: cluttrel@jjc.edu

  • About Us

    History

    Prior to 1981, Joliet Junior College was patrolled by a staff of non–sworn civilian security personnel who operated from the Security Office located in the Highland Building. In 1981, the Joliet Junior College Police Department was established as a sworn police agency and all patrol personnel were required to be state certified police officers. These officers were sworn, certified, police-academy trained and authorized to make arrests, yet still unarmed.

    In 1995, the JJC Police Department moved to its current location in G-Building, room G-1013, next to the Fitness Center. In August 2003, JJC Police Officers were authorized to become a fully armed police agency. Currently, the JJC Police Department's staff of fourteen sworn Police Officers is supplemented by full and part -time civilian, non-sworn, Campus Safety Officers (CSO), Dispatchers, Records Clerks, a Department Secretary as well as several Student Workers.


    Police Authority

    The JJC Police Department draws its authority from the Illinois Community College Act, which establishes the authority for community college police departments as follows:

    • Illinois Compiled Statutes - Ch. 110 ILCS 805/3 – 42.1(b)
    • 110 ILCS 805/3-42.1 (from Ch. 122, par. 103-42.1)

    Sec. 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 Training Act, shall be peace officers under the laws of this State.  As such, law enforcement officers members of these departments shall have all the powers of police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants 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.


    Traffic Citations:

    All traffic tickets issued by JJCPD are referred to the Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. The citation will include a court appearance date, time, and room number, and other relevant information concerning payment or court appearance. Failure to appear or comply with the requirements of the citation will result in the issuance of a warrant by the Will County Court or the suspension of the recipient’s license, or both.

    Criminal Charges:

    Criminal charges filed by JJCPD are heard in the Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. Failure to appear on the designated court date will result in a criminal Failure to appear warrant being issued and or the revocation of bond.

    Code of Conduct:

    In cases of violation of state statutes or JJC policies, JJCPD has three options. They may, in addition to or in lieu of criminal charges, issue a JJC regulation violation citation or refer violators to the JJC Code of Conduct. If referred to the code, violators must comply with all Notices to Appear served by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Failure to appear or comply may result in additional charges or a suspension from JJC. View the Academic Standards of Progress for more information.


    Staff Descriptions

    Police Officers: JJC police officers are fully sworn and state certified. They patrol the campus on foot, with squad cars, an ATV, and with a bicycle unit. They are responsible for the safety of persons and property on and near JJC campuses. They also enforce traffic and parking laws, criminal statutes, JJC policies and answer calls for service.

    Dispatchers: Dispatchers provide a wide variety of clerical duties for the police department. They are also responsible for the receipt of emergency and non-emergency calls for service for Campus Police, Physical Plant, and all of the Joliet Junior College extended campuses while working closely with local, state, and county law enforcement agencies.

    Campus Safety Officers (CSO): CSOs are non-sworn civilian officers who supplement the sworn staff. They are distinguishable from the sworn officers by their light blue shirts. These officers serve a vital role on campus, in that they provide additional staffing on shifts, conduct vital safety patrols, lock and unlock doors and buildings as needed, issue parking citations, assist motorists, enforce college policies and operate as eyes and ears for the police officers. They also patrol campus on foot and in vehicles. Additionally, our CSOs are responsible for primary safety at both our City Center, Romeoville, Weitendorf, Grundy, and Frankfort campuses.

    Records Clerks: JJCPD Records Clerks are responsible for the filing and safekeeping of all police records. They conduct data entry, file reports, serve as liaison with the Will County Court and State's Attorney's Office and maintain the vital records database. Additionally they are responsible for all college and rental vehicle reservations for the many college groups and clubs and maintain the parking ticket files. The Records Division is another important link in an effective police agency, since without easy & accurate accessibility of police records, police reports are useless.

    Department Secretary: This position is the secretary to the JJC Chief of Police. Responsibilities include: payroll, accounts payable, billing and chargebacks to campus departments that use fuel and vehicles, and other duties and paperwork functions.

    Student Workers (MAU): The JJCPD also employs several Student Workers. These students who make up the MAU (Motorist Assist Unit) respond to stranded motorist calls with tire changes, lock-outs and jump-starts. They serve as escorts for community members who may want a safety escort to their vehicles, conduct room openings, security patrols, and other services to help the department function more efficiently. 

    Bike / ATV Patrol Unit

    The JJCPD Bike/ATV Patrol Unit was established in 2003 as part of the department's Community Policing program. The purpose of the unit is to allow officers the flexibility to patrol campus areas not easily reached with a squad car or on foot. Additionally, it allows the officers to get out of their squad cars and have more face-to-face contact with members of the JJC community while still being able to have the mobility necessary to respond to calls.

    The Bike/ATV Patrol Unit is coordinated by Sgt. Jeff Smith and all participating officers undergo 32 hours of intense bike training and are certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) as well as specialized ATV training.

    ILEAS – Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

    Officer Christopher Luttrell is a current and active member of the ILEAS Mobile Field Force.

    ILEAS equips and oversees several multi-jurisdictional regional special teams throughout the State of Illinois. There are two main teams – WMD Special Response Teams (WMD SRT) and Mobile Field Force teams. The WMD SRT teams are locally-employed SWAT teams that are specially trained and funded by ILEAS to deal with the human threat in a hazardous materials environment. They often also act as regional tactical assets for local agencies. The Mobile Field Force teams are multi-jurisdictional teams of locally-employed officers equipped and trained to deal with civil disorder. The Mobile Field Force Teams are also known as Law Enforcement Patrol Strike Teams that can be used to provide large support to local agencies that have significant or long term patrol needs they cannot fill.

    SWAT – Special Weapons and Tactics Team

    Officer Jake Van Duyne is a current and active member of the Joliet SWAT team.

    Officer Joe Eckols is a 10 year veteran of the Joliet SWAT team.

    SWAT is a designated law enforcement team whose members are recruited, selected, trained, equipped and assigned to resolve critical incidents involving a threat to public safety which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement first responders and/or investigative units

  • Useful Links

Campus Communications

  • Emergency Communications

    Emergency messages will be sent when a situation poses an immediate risk to the health and safety of the campus community, disrupts programs and/or activities, or results in the closing of a campus, center or facility. Emergency messages will also be sent when severe weather results in the closing of campuses or centers and the cancellation of classes and activities.

    The college uses many methods of communication during an emergency to ensure that emergency messages reach as many people as possible:

    Note: Not all methods are used in each situation

    For questions on emergency communication, contact the Communications and External Relations Office at (815) 280-2915, email communications@jjc.edu or call Campus Police at (815) 280-2234.

  • Emergency Response Plan

    The Emergency Response Plan (ERP) has been designed to provide a contingency manual for Joliet Junior College staff in order to plan for possible campus emergencies. While the plan does not cover every conceivable situation, it does supply the basic guidelines necessary to cope with most campus emergencies.

    An Emergency Response Plan combined with occupant familiarity with a building, minimizes threats to life and property. This ERP is intended to communicate the policies and procedures for occupants to follow in an emergency situation.