Message from the Chief

Oakton is a special place and a unique community made up of different types of people, cultures, and landscapes. While the primary responsibility of the Oakton’s Police Department is your safety, we are just as committed to establishing positive relationships and partnerships among our students, faculty, staff and visitors. It is our promise to serve everyone in in the college community with compassion and respect, so that they can maintain their dignity, independence and personal safety.

Community policing approaches are the core of Oakton’s Police Department, which is comprised of both sworn police officers and security officers, and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our personnel are highly trained, skilled individuals, who have the mindset of a “guardian” serving the college and communities with respect and equity. We are working everyday to increase lines of communication with our college constituencies, so that a safe learning and working environment is maintained. As the college body and our surrounding communities continue to grow and change, so does our department in order to meet their needs, and we do this through teamwork and strategic planning.

I firmly believe that we should take every opportunity to inform, educate and involve members of the community in our efforts to make Oakton safe and secure. If you see something or hear something that does not look or sound right, please say something. Public safety at Oakton is our joint responsibility and is significantly enhanced when everyone takes personal responsibility for their own safety.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me at jhoffmann@oakton.edu or at 847.635.1881

Jeff Hoffmann
Chief of Police and Emergency Management