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Our Location

AACC Department of Public Safety & Police
Central Services Building
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
Office: 410-777-2440
FAX: 410-777-2544
TTY: 410-777-1329
TEXT: 443-336-3144
Emergencies & Service:

Public Safety and Police office hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Assistance is available 24 hours a day by calling 410-777-1818 from off campus or ext. 1818 from a campus courtesy phone or pushing the button on one of the emergency phones located throughout campus.

Officers can be located at the main information desks at the Arundel Mills, CyberCenter and Glen Burnie Town Center campuses during normal operating hours.

College Employee Parking Permit Request Instructions

1. Login to ­MyAAC­C.
2. Select the tab for "Self Services."
3. Click on "Employees"
4. Click on "Parking Permit Request"
5. Select the authorization checkbox and submit.

Traffic/Parking Citation Appeal Requests

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. 

Employees and Students may file an appeal within MyAACC (Self-Services tab - Communication dropbox). 

Visitors to the College may file an appeal using the online Visitor's Appeal Form.

Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions about the Public Safety and Police Web site, please e-mail the DPSP Webmaster or Chief Lyle.

Public Safety & Police Banner

Anne Arundel Community College works to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.  The Department of Public Safety and Police is an internationally accredited agency. Its college police officers are empowered by state law to make arrests (Education Article 13-601; and Title 2 Criminal Procedure Article; Annotated Code of MD) investigate crimes, and carry firearms. The college's special police personnel are commissioned by the Governor of the State of Maryland as special police officers and have full police authority to make arrests, conduct investigations and otherwise enforce the law on all property owned or operated by the college.

The 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, bicycle and 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

The Department of Public Safety and Police operates an escort service at GBTC, AMIL and on the Arnold campus for any member of the College community who requests an escort.  The escort service provides a uniformed Police Officer or Student Lot Patrol Assistant who will accompany any member of the College community to or from any location within the college property, during normal College operating hours, seven days a week.  You can request an escort by calling 410-777-1818 or activating one the Code Blue Emergency Phones around the campus.

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 at the Arnold campus. The report is also available online at:

Director/Chief of Police 
Chief Gary Lyle

Deputy Director 
Major Cleveland Smith
Patrol Operations Commander  
Captain David Pressley 

Evening Shift Commander
Lt. Gary Vernon

Dayshift Commander
Lt. Darrell Wallace

Midnight Shift Commander 
Sgt. Stephen Shepet

                                     Crime Prevention Specialist
                                     Sgt. Nancy Kutz

Members of the College Community can send an electronic submission to commend or complain of a Public Safety service. Submit your information here.

View the 2013 Citizen and Internal Complaint statistics.

The Anne Arundel Community College Public Safety Department and Police is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

News and Notes
  • Several AACC Public Safety & Police Officers are participating in the Polar Bear Plunge on January 23, 2015.  The officers will be plunging into the cold Chesapeake Bay for a good cause. Consider sponsoring an officer to raise funds for Maryland Special Olympics. See Photos from previous year: 2014
  • AACC Public Safety & Police is hosting the 2nd Annual Freeze Your Buns Run 5K supporting Maryland Special Olympics on January 17, 2015.  Sign up to participate or sponsor a runner to help this organization succeed.  See Photos from previous year: 2014
  • Please take a moment to view a Public Service Announcement provided by the U.S. Attorney's office addressing concerns on Heroin overdoses in our community. (Youtube link)
  • In October 2014, AACC Department of Public Safety has been Re-awarded Accredited status by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Accreditation recognizes the department's excellence and its use of "best practices" in campus law enforcement and found in compliance with 205 applicable standards. 
  • AACC Public Safety & Police Officers from the Bike Patrol Unit participated in the National Law Enforcement Memorial's Ride & Run to Remember event at National Harbor, Maryland. AACC Bike Patrol Officers raised over $300 and rode in the 30 mile bike ride supporting the Memorial and programs to aid families of fallen police officers.
  • Effective October 1, 2014, the Anne Arundel Community College Public Safety Department is now a Police Department.  The new name is the Department of Public Safety & Police (DPSP).
  • As of September 26, 2014, the AACC Public Safety Department will no longer be performing fingerprinting services for applications.
  • AACC Public Safety Officers Janene Kerpelman and Dung Do graduated the 80th recruit class of the Anne Arundel County Police Academy, completing the 7 month academy and met all the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission standards.  Effective October 1st, Officers Kerpelman and Do will become the first sworn and armed AACC Campus Police Officers.  Congratulations!
  • AACC Public Safety Officers organized a fundraising event for Maryland Special Olympics of Anne Arundel County.  Several officers participated in a Bike-A-Thon by soliciting donations from sponsors on a per-lap basis, and rode bikes on the Arnold campus stadium track for one hour.  Officers completed 35-40 quarter-mile laps and raised $500 for the Special Olympics athletes.
  • AACC Public Safety Officers participated in the Annapolis Police Department's Cops on Rooftops event at Dunkin Donuts in Annapolis, Md.  The event raised over $1700 for Special Olympics, Md.
  • AACC Public Safety Officers presented medals and ribbons at the Maryland Special Olympics Summer Games in Towson on June 8, 2014.  View 2013 pictures.
  • AACC Public Safety Bike Patrol (in yellow) participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run alongside Annapolis City Police Officers (in blue) on June 4, 2014. Bike Officers provided safety to the runners while they ran along the roadway in Anne Arundel County.  View pictures of previous years: 20132012 , 2010.
  • In November 2012, AACC Department of Public Safety has been awarded Accredited status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). AACC is the first non-sworn college to achieve this award in the Campus Security Accreditation Program. Accreditation recognizes the department's excellence and its use of "best practices" in campus law enforcement by measuring 294 professional standards. 
  • View the new AACC Public Safety Department Video created by Chief Lyle.
  • The Public Safety Department is participating in the Click or Ticket Program again this year.  View the Public Service Announcement. Another Public Service Announcement to view.