Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness


Each Campus Public Safety Department offers the College community the basic services listed below. Please click the links for more information.


MDC Public Safety Department provides several services which are available to the MDC community. Contained in this section are descriptions of the various services which we do provide. Most of the services indicated are of no charge to the students, staff, faculty or any other member of the MDC community. They include:

24-hour Security Operation Center (SOC) Dispatch

Contact Public Safety at any hour by phone or use a campus emergency phone (blue phone). Communication officers answer emergency, non-emergency and business telephone lines, dispatch public safety officers for service calls, monitor building alarms, access control and security cameras. For more information, see Campus Emergency Phones.

Lost & Found

Public Safety keeps lost and found items for 90 days, with the exception of student ID cards, which are sent to Student Life. You may inquire about lost items at any time; however, you may only pick them up between the hours of 8am–4pm, Monday through Friday.

Parking & Decals

The Administration Office/section is responsible for the registration of faculty, staff and visitor vehicles, administration of all vehicle requests and the maintenance of all records pertaining to parking citations, applications, and payment.


Our officers use three patrol methods. Foot, bike and vehicle patrol methods are utilized 24 hours/day, 7 days/week; usage of the bicycle patrol method is weather-dependent. Two vehicle patrols are on duty at all times depending on the campus. For information on how to report a crime or file a report please see Reporting an Incident or Crime.

Safety Escort

The Safe Walk escort service is designed to enhance the safety of all students, faculty and staff walking after dark. Campus Public Safety will respond to requests for escorts to classrooms, buildings, parked cars, and other destinations on the campus. Contact the Campus Public Safety Dispatch Center to request this service. 

Vehicle Assistance Program (VAP)

Please visit your Campus Public Safety office for further assistance and resources to jump-star your vehicle and/or lockouts.

Crime Prevention/Awareness

The Campus Public Safety Departments offer to students, faculty, and staff crime prevention programs that are useful in the protection of property and contribute to the physical well-being of the campus community.

Public Service Aid (Student Auxiliary)

This group of students supplements the patrol staff by manning the building and responding to open classroom doors.

Hialeah “Shark Patrol” Program

The Hialeah Campus Public Safety Department has promoted a new symbolic program titled “Shark Patrol” to enhance student engagement within the campus community. The Shark Patrol program consists of current student assistants, and extends out  to service learning students and 100 hour Presidential volunteer applicants. In a collaborative execution, the purpose of this program is to develop students to succeed in both their future educational and professional careers. The core of the program facilitates enhancing learning outcomes, a positive learning and working environment, and gears towards achieving student professional knowledge and skills.