RVC Police Department
If you have an emergency, please call 911.
For non-emergency, police-related issues, call (815) 966-2900. For non-emergency, campus-related issues, call (815) 921-4357 or (815) 921-HELP. For off-campus situations, call Rockford Police at (815) 987-5800.
Rock Valley College Police Department (RVCPD) officers patrol RVC properties seven days a week, even when the College is closed during winter break. Our 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.
Reporting a Crime, Threat, or Safety Concern
Report Behavior Online
You may report disturbing or disruptive behavior using an online form. This form is used to refer various student concerns/or incidents related to student contact, behavior intervention, and academic misconduct.
File a Citizen Complaint
Use the Citizen Complaint Form for complaints related to RVC Police Department performance. It is our policy to promptly investigate allegations of wrongdoing by department members and to take appropriate action.
Sign Up for RVC Alerts
In the event of a campus emergency or weather-related changes to classes and college operations, alerts are sent to registered users of the alert system. You can choose to be notified by email, text, and/or phone call.
Annual Security Report
The Rock Valley College Annual Security Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act ("Clery Act") and the State of Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act.
Learn More About the RVCPD
Welcome 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 every person 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.
– Chief of Police, Tom Yehl
About the RVCPD
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, and best practices. The RVCPD also employs civilian staff including an Emergency & Risk Management Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant III.
Mission, Vision, & Values
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.
RVCPD offers the following services:
- Police Patrol
- Criminal and Traffic Law Enforcement
- Criminal and Non-Criminal Investigations
- Emergency First Aid Response
- Parking Enforcement
- Traffic Control
- Special Event Security
- Fire and Safety Inspections
- Community Services – including Crime Prevention Education, Personal Safety Presentations
- Public Assistance – including Vehicle Assistance and Building Access
- Safe-Walk Program
|Julie Boggie||(815) 921-4356||Administrative Assistant III|
|Corey Ginger||(815) 921-4366||Officer|
|John Hoeksema||(815) 921-4371||Officer|
|John Hoshaw||(815) 921-4376||Sergeant|
|Theresa James||(815) 921-4305||Environmental Health & Safety Director|
|Lloyd Johnson||(815) 921-4382||Risk Management Coordinator|
|Brian Nicolls||(815) 921-4365||Officer|
|Steven Perry||(815) 921-4368||Officer|
|Marc Rubert||(815) 921-4372||Officer|
|Michael Schoening||(815) 921-4353||Deputy Chief|
|Sarah Smith||(815) 921-1246||Officer|
|Chris Timmons||(815) 921-4364||Officer|
|Thomas Yehl||(815) 921-4361||Chief of Police|
Our Rock Valley College Police Department Crime/Media Logs are kept updated and available at several campus locations. You can view the Crime/Media Logs at the Police Department on main campus in the Support Services Building. In addition, our Crime/Media Logs are available for viewing at our Bell School Road Center, RVC Downtown, North Main Office, Stenstrom Center for Career Education, Aviation Career Education Center, and our Advanced Technology Center.
This section features a summation of our Crime/Media Logs, and it is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be an up-to-date representation of the Crime/Media logs available at the locations listed above. Summations are removed after 60 days.
Thank You, RVCPD!
The RVCPD is committed to the recognition of outstanding service to the community by its employees. This form provides you the opportunity to make the department aware of the excellent work performed by one of its members.
Access Safety Training & Resources
Training & Resources
Rock Valley College Police Department offers various training and resource materials to help educate you on campus safety.Training & Resources
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students office helps students with conflict resolution, navigating college procedures, and student concerns and complaints.Reports & Complaints