KOPS-WATCH – Keeping Our People Safe
This page provides information about what to do if you encounter a potential threat or see unusual behavior at the college.
Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Such reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, contact the JCCC Campus Police Department at ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500 immediately. If you are off campus, contact 911.
Incident & Crime Reporting
JCCC has established a confidential report site for students, staff, faculty and visitors to report strange or unusual behavior on any college-owned or college-operated facility or at any college-sponsored event or activity, either on or off campus. This includes service-learning trips, internship experiences or any off-campus JCCC-sponsored gathering of students.
Visit the KOPS-WATCH site or dial 1-888-258-3230 to report information in the following categories:
- Welfare alert (concern for student)
- Violent behavior
- Substance abuse or use
- Unusual or erratic behavior
- Discrimination or harassment
- Criminal activity on or near the JCCC campus
JCCC Police Department
The JCCC Police Department is located on the campus of Johnson County Community College. It provides service 24 hours a day and is an integral part of the college’s dedication to develop and maintain a safe and secure campus through the cooperative efforts of many college departments.
The department provides a full range of services including, but not limited to, responding to all crimes committed on campus, supporting staff, faculty and student activities and functions, providing crime prevention services/programs, enforcing traffic laws and maintaining crowd control for campus special events. The department maintains close liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in implementing and coordinating campus safety and law enforcement operations.
Behavior Intervention Team
Johnson County Community College is committed to a safe and supportive learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty and visitors. The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) was formed in 2008 to provide a centralized team of individuals to assess any danger or harm that may result from the actions of an identified person or persons on any college-owned or college-operated facility or at any college-sponsored event or activity, either on or off campus. This includes service-learning trips, internship experiences or any off-campus JCCC-sponsored gathering of students.
- Recommend an action plan to curtail any threat or potential danger to a person or persons(s), educational environment or property
- Identify person(s) who have shown a risk of harm toward others or themselves when associated with JCCC property or activities
- Engage in risk reduction through assessment of circumstances as reported through various entities of the college
- Centralize information concerning inappropriate behavior and coordinate appropriate action in case of threat to person(s), educational environment or property
- Communicate with law enforcement when scope of threat is beyond BIT’s scope
- Encourage reporting of unusual behavior or criminal activity
Tips for Minimizing Emotional Responses
- Project calmness; move and speak slowly, quietly and confidently.
- Be an empathetic listener; encourage the person to talk and listen patiently.
- Focus your attention on the other person to let them know you are interested in what they have to say.
- Maintain a relaxed, yet attentive, posture and position yourself at a right angle rather than directly in front of the other person.
- Acknowledge the person’s feelings. Indicate that you can see he or she is upset.
- Establish ground rules if unreasonable behavior persists.
- Calmly describe the consequences of any violent behavior.
- Use delaying tactics, which will give the person time to calm down. For example, offer a drink of water (in a disposable cup).
- Be reassuring and point out choices. Break big problems into smaller, more manageable problems.
- Ask for the person’s recommendations. Repeat back to him/her what you feel he/she is requesting of you.
- Arrange yourself so that a visitor cannot block your access to an exit.