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Lake Land College ranked safest campus in Illinois for second year, third in nation

Lake Land College has been named the safest college campus in the state of Illinois for the second year in a row according to information released by the Web site StateUniversity.com.

Also, the college has moved up in ranking nationally, from fourth safest campus in the United States last year, to third safest campus for this year.  

“We are proud to say that at Lake Land College, your child and family members are very safe,” said Scott Lensink, Lake Land College president. “We strive to provide an affordable, quality education in a safe and nurturing environment, and our hard work has paid off as the campus is officially the safest in the state for the second year now.” 

The college takes many precautions in order to ensure the safety of the campus. For instance, the Lake Land College Police Department is staffed with 12 certified police officers, employed either full-time or part-time, who work to patrol the campus 24 hours a day. 

Led by Chief of Police, Randy Ervin, the department strives to offer the highest level of public safety by using the latest technology available in the law enforcement field and maintaining a visible presence on campus. The department also offers various levels of training to ensure faculty, staff and students are prepared in the case of an emergency. 

“Chief Ervin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and leads his force with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm,” said Lensink. “The Lake Land College police officers are committed to professional excellence and constantly seek new and better ways to provide services, while maintaining a welcoming and open campus environment.” 

According to Ervin, maintaining a safe learning environment is all is a day’s work. 

“The cooperation we have from all departments on campus helps the police department provide a safe environment,” said Ervin. “I’m extremely proud of the great job my staff does each day, but I also recognize and appreciate the cooperation we get from other campus departments.”  

According to Ervin, some of those cross departmental efforts include work done by the college’s Information Systems and Services department which has implemented an emergency alert system where students and employees can receive information via text and email; the Facilities Planning department, which considers safety issues when designing and maintaining building projects; and the Allied Health Division which has coordinated training in areas like first aid, CPR and AED. 

Ervin also noted the importance of the college’s Security Committee that consists of a large cross section of campus representatives which meets quarterly to stay on top of safety and security concerns on campus. 

“It’s truly a campus wide team effort that causes this type of recognition to be possible,” said Ervin. 

StateUniversity.com is a comprehensive directory of all college and universities in the

United States. The Web site features profiles about colleges and tools that help narrow down the choice of college for future students and parents interested in researching schools for their children.

To see a list of campus safety ratings in the state of Illinois, visit http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank_by_state/safety_score_rank/IL.html.

To learn more about the Lake Land College Police Department and its efforts to maintain a safe campus, visit, www.lakeland.cc.il.us/bs/ps. 

 



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Megan Nelson
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Jenny Osborn
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