Department of Public Safety

The Texarkana College Department of Public Safety consists of highly dedicated men and women tasked with the enforcement of all rules and procedures of Texarkana College as well as the laws and statutes of the State of Texas. The TCDPS currently operates under the oversight of the Vice President of Administrative Services and employees both licensed Texas Peace Officers and non-commissioned security personnel.

Located on the first floor of the Truman Arnold Student Center, the Texarkana College Department of Public Safety operates on a continual basis 24 hours/day and is the only department that remains open during time of routine college closure (i.e. Holidays, Spring Break).

Mission Statement: As members of the Department of Public Safety at Texarkana College, our mission is to contribute toward the quality of campus life by fostering a stable environment in which security is balanced with freedom of movement, and individual rights are balanced with community needs.

The success of this mission depends upon a true partnership between Public Safety personnel and the diverse population of students, staff, faculty, and visitors that constitute the campus community – a partnership built on mutual respect and responsibility. Working together, this partnership will serve to further enhance the learning environment.

Toward that partnership, the members of the Department of Public Safety pledge their respect for the needs and rights of the community, their diligence and professionalism in the protection of persons, property and rights, and to their determination to continually seek new and better ways to reduce the opportunity for crime. The Department of Public Safety personnel will strive to increase safety awareness and to encourage a sense of communal concern for each other’s safety and well-being.

Emergency Alert and Campus Announcement System

Texarkana College utilizes the Rave Alert System to notify students and employees via text message regarding campus emergency situations and important campus announcements. Subscribing to the Rave Alert System is voluntary and is dependent upon the individual providing an accurate and current cell phone number for our system records.

For information on the current College Campus Security Crime Statistics (Clery Act Report) go to