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It is the goal of AACC Public Safety and Police to do everything possible to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work and visit. We believe that one way to help create such an environment is to fully inform the campus population about issues, campus policies regarding safety and security, and the services that your campus Public Safety and Police department provides.
The Department of Public Safety and Police prepares the Annual Security Report and distributes the report in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Paper copies are available at the DPSP office in Arnold. The report is also available online.
The Department of Public Safety & Police provides the following news and information items to keep the campus community informed of public safety programs, events, community relations activities and other points of interest.
The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the leading authority for campus public safety, gave a unanimous recommendation to reaccredit the AACC Department of Public Safety and Police. In October, the IACLEA assessment team, composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out of state, performed an on-site assessment. They examined all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operation and support services, along with requesting public comments. The report stated "Assessors found the Anne Arundel Community College Police Department to be a dedicated team of campus law enforcement and public safety professionals. It was clear the safety and security of students, faculty and staff is at the forefront of their mission." This was a voluntary process. The department received initial accreditation in 2008, then reaccreditation in 2011 and 2014.
Officers from AACC's Department of Public Safety and Police participated in the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 24, 2020. This fundraising event supports Maryland Special Olympics and raises several million dollars each year. Members of the department have been braving the cold winter waters of the Chesapeake Bay annually since 2010. This year, officers raised over $500 for Special Olympics.
AACC's Department of Public Safety and Police held a fundraiser for Special Olympics on Nov. 5, 2019. The event, called "Cover the Cruiser," was co-sponsored by the on-campus Chick-fil-A kiosk and included a visit by the eatery's cow mascot. In exchange for a donation, students, employees and visitors received a gift card for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a paper icon to attach to a DPSP police vehicle. The goal was to cover the police vehicle entirely with the icons. The event raised over $300 for Special Olympics Maryland.
AACC's Department of Public Safety and Police Sgt. Stephen Shepet, along with several other AACC faculty and staff, was selected to receive the 2020 League of Innovations Excellence Award. Shepet was nominated by his fellow officers and was selected for his ongoing commitment to providing innovative and effective ideas to enhance the safety and security of the campus community. Congratulations Steve!
AACC has a mobile app for smartphones and tablets that includes campus maps, events and important phone numbers. A new module contains public safety information with crime prevention tips, child safety seat inspections, and lost and found, as well as steps to requesting a safety escort and reporting a crime or hazard on campus. It also features severe weather shelter locations on campus and information regarding an active shooter incident. Contact the department by clicking on the Important Numbers button at the bottom of the home screen (DPSP is the first phone number). The AACC mobile app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
AACC’s police officers are empowered by state law to make arrests, investigate crimes and carry firearms. The college's special police personnel are commissioned by Maryland's governor as special police officers and have full authority to make arrests, conduct investigations and otherwise enforce the law on all property owned or operated by the college.
Officers are formally trained and patrol the college responding to calls for service to include crimes and emergencies. They are certified in basic first aid, CPR and AED. Officers work closely with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department to promote personal safety.
The officers have primary responsibility for campus security and safety. Officers patrol the campus by motor vehicle and bicycle, as well as on foot. The officers have legal authority under Maryland law to demand identification and evidence of qualification from any person who desires to use or enter the college property. They may deny access to buildings and grounds to persons who trespass, disrupt or disturb the normal educational functions of the institution.
The Department of Public Safety and Police has a good working relationship with the Anne Arundel County Police Department and has a Memorandum of Understanding with them for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses occurring on college property. The college encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the Department of Public Safety and Police at 410-777-1818.
Below you can find out more about members of our public safety and police command staff.
Sean Kapfhammer joined the college on June 1, 2016. He began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore City Police Department in 1990. While in the police department, he served in a leadership position overseeing operational, investigative, administrative and tactical assignments.
During his 21-year career, Kapfhammer served as a commander of the Southwest District Operations Section, the Westside Special Enforcement Team and the Southern District Major Crimes Section. He received numerous awards and citations, including the Medal of Honor and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Heroes Award.
After retiring, Kapfhammer was appointed chief of police position of the Carroll Township Police Department in York County, Pa.
Prior to coming to AACC, Kapfhammer was deputy director of Public Safety for the campus police at Loyola University Maryland.
Kapfhammer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he received both his bachelor's and master’s degrees in Management. He also graduated from numerous leadership schools including Northwestern University, Penn State, Southern Police Institute and FBI Leeda.
He is a certified local emergency management coordinator and has completed the requirements for his basic, advanced and professional certifications in that field from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Maj. Cleveland Smith joined the college on Nov. 1, 2005. He began his law enforcement career with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 1980. While there he served in a number of positions before becoming a sergeant. During his 20-year tenure with the police department, he worked in the functional areas of patrol operations, special operations, criminal investigation and internal affairs. Smith worked for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services for five years as an investigator prior to coming to the AACC.
Smith is not only the administrative services commander, but also the department’s accreditation manager and an accreditation assessor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
A graduate of John Hopkins University, Bowie State University and University of D.C., Smith holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Dave Pressley joined the college on Dec. 01, 2014. He began his law enforcement career with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 1980. While there he served in a number of positions before becoming a deputy chief. During his 32 years with the department, he worked in the functional areas of patrol operations, district detectives, intelligence and narcotics investigations. He served as a commander of the Special Operations section, Training Academy, Eastern District, Criminal Investigations Division and the Field Operations Bureau. Pressley also worked for the Maryland Judiciary prior to joining AACC.
Pressley is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College, and Prince George's Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement. He has received specialized police management and leadership training from the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Gary Vernon joined the college on July 1, 2011. He began his law enforcement career on Dec. 31, 1979, with the Harford County Sheriff’s Department. While with the sheriff’s department he served in a number of positions within the agency before retiring as a captain.
During his 30-year tenure with the sheriff’s department, he worked in the functional areas of corrections, patrol, criminal investigations, special operations, court services and administrative services.
Vernon is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and the University of Phoenix. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Joseph Donato joined the college on June 16, 2017. He began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore Police Department. During his 23-year tenure in Baltimore he served in uniformed patrol, operations units including Flex and Drug Enforcement, as a robbery detective and eventually was promoted to sergeant in 2008.
Donato graduated from Calvert Hall High School with honors, obtained his Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Essex Community College, then a Bachelor of Arts in History at UMBC.
Donato has 14 commendations from his time in the Baltimore Police Department, including two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars for Valor, two Departmental Commendations, 2 Unit Citations, the Gun Award and numerous others, including a Federal Disarm Award.
Stephen Shepet joined the college on Dec. 16, 1997. He began his career in public safety as an AACC public safety officer. In 2004, after serving seven years in patrol, he was promoted to corporal and became the midnight shift commander. In 2013, he was promoted to sergeant and continues to lead the midnight shift. Shepet, a certified bike patrol officer and field training officer, is the department’s webmaster and is certified in web design.
Shepet received an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, an Associate of Arts in General Studies and Certificates in Business Management and Criminal Justice from Anne Arundel Community College. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
In 2014, Shepet received the Public Safety Officer of the Year award from the North Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce. More recently, he was awarded the League of Innovations for Community Colleges Excellence in Leadership Award in 2020.
If you would like to appeal a traffic or parking citation you have received, you must complete an online appeal. Appeal requests must be submitted within 14 calendar days of the violation.
For information visit AACC's Traffic and Parking Regulations.
On Sept. 26, 2008, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety received its initial accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), becoming the first community college in the country to do so.
The achievement of accreditation for the department has resulted in improvements in structure, leadership, organization, general direction and accountability. The process of intensive self-assessment has united the department in its commitment to serve the college community through well-written policies and procedures, objective management and conscious recognition of the need for public safety professionalism.
In October 2019, after a lengthy process, the college's Department of Public Safety and Police successfully attained its third reaccreditation.
For information contact Maj. Cleveland Smith, AACC DPSP accreditation manager.