North Carolina Central University has been named the safest college campus in the state of North Carolina by YourLocalSecurity.com, a partner of ADT-authorized provider SafeStreets.
Using official data collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security and the FBI’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report from 2017-2019, NCCU was identified as the only school in the state to appear on the site’s Safest College Campuses list.
To determine the rankings, the website narrowed down its evaluation list from 1,000 to 395 colleges based on those who provided crime information to the FBI; were public, private, or non-profit institutions with at least 5,000 students; and offered a two- or four-year degree. Safety scores were based on the following factors: violent crimes, property crimes and Hate and Violence Against Women Act events.
“The North Carolina Central University Police and Public Safety Department and our campus partners strive to create an environment where we can all work to keep our campus community safe,” said Damon Williams, NCCU Police Chief. “Providing secure surroundings where our students can learn, live and play will ensure that current and future Eagles will be able to successfully complete their academic studies and achieve their goals.”
The campus boasts a Department of Police and Public Safety with full law enforcement accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the body that also accredits municipal and state law enforcement agencies, among others. NCCU Police are professionally trained and certified by the state of N.C., with the same authority and right to bear arms and arrest as any law enforcement officer in the state.
NCCU has also invested more than $3 million to enhance campus safety with the installation of access-controlled doors, surveillance cameras inside buildings and across the grounds and an integrated security system. NCCU Police also hold full-scale trainings to enhance the ability of the campus to respond to major crises.
YourLocalSecurity.com aims to provide the security tools and information needed to build a safer home environment. To view the full rankings and methodology, please visit: https://www.yourlocalsecurity.com/blog/safest-college-campuses-2021/.