Rockford, Illinois

RVC Police Department

The Rock Valley College Police Department (RVCPD) was originally formed as the Department of Public Safety and Assistance on November 17, 1969. RVCPD officers attend the same academy training, possess the same police authority, and are held to the same standards as "police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants" as stated in 110 ILCS 805/3-42.1.

RVCPD officers attend continual in-service training on various law enforcement related topics to remain current on tactics, laws, court decisions, emergency medical response, best practices, etc. 

RVCPD officers patrol RVC properties 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when the College is closed during Winter Break.

RVCPD offers the below listed services to our campus community:

  • Police Patrol

  • Criminal and Traffic Investigation

  • Emergency First Aid

  • Motorist Assistance

  • Assistance with keys locked in car

  • Assistance with dead car batteries

  • Assistance with cars that are out of gas

  • Assistance with flat tires

  • Emergency Message Delivery

  • Building Access Control

  • Parking and Traffic Enforcement

  • Special Event Security

  • Fire and Safety Inspections

  • Safe-Walk Program
Contact Us

RVC Police Emergency: 815-654-4357 (HELP)

RVC Police Non-Emergency: 815-921-4350

Additionally, we can be reached by using any of our emergency call boxes located throughout our campuses.



Support Services Building (SSB)
RVC Main Campus

Message from Chief of Police
Joe Drought

Joe DroughtWelcome to Rock Valley College, where the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our first priority.

The mission of the Rock Valley College Police Department is to provide law enforcement, crime prevention, investigation, security, parking and traffic control services to the Rock Valley College community. Our officers are dedicated to contributing to a safe learning environment by working closely with all college stakeholders; local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and the community at large in a collaborative effort to prevent crime and ensure the safety of everyone on campus.

Crime prevention and personal safety is everyone's business. Join us by taking an active role in personal safety and protection of the college community.

Mission Statement 

As an integral part of our diverse college community, we serve as professional police and emergency responders. We proudly contribute to a safe learning environment and support the mission of Rock Valley College through diligent patrol, outreach, awareness programs, and community partnerships.   

Vision Statement   

It is our vision to maintain and enhance the confidence and trust of those we serve, while continually expanding and strengthening our partnerships with the students, faculty, and staff of Rock Valley College and the employees of this department, in identifying problems, developing solutions, and establishing realistic priorities and policies.   


INTEGRITY: Integrity is the hallmark of the Rock Valley College Police Department. We are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, and truthfulness in all relationships.   

RESPECT: We treat all persons with dignity, respect, and courtesy.   

SERVICE: We provide quality service in a professional, efficient, and accessible manner.   

FAIRNESS: We treat all people impartially with consideration and compassion. We are equally responsive to our employees and the educational population we serve.