Central Texas College Police officers are fully licensed and commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). They have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus including both Bell and Coryell Counties in the cities of Killeen and Copperas Cove. If minor offenses involving College rules and regulations are committed by a CTC student, the Campus Police may also refer the individual to the disciplinary division of the Student Life office. All commissioned officers have full arrest and enforcement powers, privileges and immunities afforded peace officers in and for the State of Texas.
Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are reported to the Campus Police Department and joint investigative efforts with investigators from CTCPD and both the cities of Killeen and Copperas Cove are deployed to solve these serious felony crimes when warranted. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at either city municipal court or Justice of the Peace Court in either city, or through the County or District Attorney’s office of either county, depending on the location of the offense.
Campus Police personnel work closely with local, state, and federal police agencies and have direct radio communication with the Bell County Communications Center in Belton, Texas. Central Texas College is also a part of the Bell County 911 Emergency System.
By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, The Central Texas College Police Department maintains an NLETS terminal (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) network and a TLETS (Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) network. Through this system police personnel can access the National Crime Information Computer system as well as the Texas Law Enforcement Information System. These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information. All information is for law enforcement use only.
The Central Texas College Police Department’s jurisdiction extends west bound by Resident Drive, east to Clear Creek Drive, south to Bell Tower Drive, and north to US 190. Any college owned or leased property in outlying areas is patrolled jointly by both college and city police.