Campus Police

Lawson State Police Department 
"Your Safety and Security is Our Top Priority."

Emergency Contact Numbers:    

205-925-3587 (Birmingham Campus) or

205-426-3654 (Bessemer Campus)

Chief of Police, James Blanton

Campus Security Information & Resources 

The Lawson State Community College Police Department is comprised of sworn officers recognized by the State of Alabama. The Department is a law enforcement agency oriented to serve the needs of our campus community. The mission of the Department is to keep the campus environment safe and secure to facilitate teaching, learning, and community outreach. We will strive to create a safe and secure environment by dedicating ourselves to raising the level of preparedness to meet the needs of today, and the challenges of tomorrow.  The Department strives to develop and maintain a positive relationship with all segments of the campus community in order to obtain their cooperation and support in providing successful law enforcement services and implementing beneficial community policing programs. We will accomplish our mission by providing pro-active service and encouraging community awareness in support of the overall mission. 

The Lawson State Emergency Operation Plan establishes the management structure, key responsibilities, emergency assignments, and general procedures needed during and after a disaster or emergency at the college. The priorities of this plan are to: Protect lives. Stabilize the incident.


  • Violent Crimes
  • Sever Weather & Natural Disasters
  • Other Potential Emergencies



Students, Faculty and Staff:

  • For students: Use this site to submit general concerns or complaints, grade challenges, appeals (to decisions rendered), harassment claims and other incidents.
  • For Faculty and/or Staff: Use this site to submit general concerns or complaints, behavior violations, academic dishonesty claims, harassment claims and other incidents.
  • Click to report an incident

Knowledge is Power:  Run, Hide, Fight: Learn the Threats and How to React and Respond to an Active Shooting Incident.

Available Materials Provided by Department of Homeland Security

Active Shooter Training Videos:

From the FBI, Surviving an Active Shooter:  Click Here

Lawson State Community College Employees are required to review the above video and take the following quiz. 

Lawson State Community College Lock Down Quiz

Lawson State Community College has 15 life-saving defibrillator spread throughout both campuses.  In addition, police officers are trained in defibrillator life-saving techniques.

What is a Defibrillator?

Defibrillation is a treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia. A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current to the heart. This depolarizes a large amount of the heart muscle, ending the dysrhythmia. Subsequently, the body's natural pacemaker in the sinoatrial node of the heart is able to re-establish normal sinus rhythm.

Birmingham Campus  

Police Vehicles (2)
Cafeteria-Leon Kennedy Building (1)
ACATT (Lobby-1)
Gym (Lobby-1)
Building C (next to fire extinguisher)-(1)
Dorm (East Campus-1)
AG Gaston Building (1)

Bessemer Campus

Admissions (lobby)-A Building (1)
Cafeteria (1)
Ethel Hall (lobby)-(1)
Police Vehicles (2)
Millsap Building (1)
Police Office (1)

In order to retain the proper decorum for the delivery of college-level instruction in the classroom, students enrolled at Lawson State Community College are not permitted (except under the circumstances stated herein as an exception to the general policy) to bring children into College classrooms, labs, or shops, regardless of the age of the child. Nor should students leave unattended children in any building or on any grounds of the College at any time. An exception to this policy can be made with the approval of the respective instructor if the child of a Lawson State Community College student is a high school senior, or at least 18 years of age, and is a prospective student at Lawson State Community College. In such a case, the student may be allowed to bring the child to no more than one session of each course that the student is taking.

In addition, in the interest of the safety, unless a person under the age of 18 (who is not a student of Lawson State Community College or another participating college) is a participant in a Lawson State Community College sponsored activity, an adult must supervise or accompany the child at times that the child is on any campus of Lawson State Community College. Furthermore, it is not permissible for any person to leave a child in custodial care on any premises of Lawson State Community College while attending classes or extracurricular activities. It is recommended that Lawson State Community College students and visitors leave their children in the care of an appropriate childcare provider while attending any class, function, or other College activity that may prevent their personal supervision of their children.

This policy applies to all students, guests, and visitors of Lawson State Community College and shall be published in all student handbooks and posted in appropriate locations throughout the campuses of Lawson State Community College. Lawson State Community College will not be liable for any injury, or property loss or damage, suffered by any party as a result of a violation of this policy.