It is the goal of AACC Public Safety and Police to do everything possible to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, and visit. We believe that one way to help create such an environment is to fully inform the campus population about issues, campus policies regarding safety and security, and the services that your campus Public Safety and Police department provides.
The Department of Public Safety & Police provides the following news and information items to keep the campus community informed of public safety programs, events, community relations activities and other points of interest.
AACC DPSP is looking for members of the campus community to join us to keep our campus safe. As an Auxilary Officer, you will be trained to perform personal safety escorts, foot patrols, traffic control and parking enforcement duties. For more information, contact Police Chief, Sean Kapfhammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-777-2836.
AACC wants you to become a volunteer member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Learn important skills and help your college community. For more information, contact Police Chief, Sean Kapfhammer at email@example.com or 410-777-2836.
AACC no longer offers radKIDS classes, however, we still support and recommend this great safety program for kids. Please check www.radkids.org to find a class location near you.
AACC’s college police officers are empowered by state law to make arrests, investigate crimes and carry firearms. The college's special police personnel are commissioned by the governor 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.
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.
Sean Kapfhammer joined the College on June 1, 2016. He began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore City Police Department in 1990. While in the police department, he served in a leadership position overseeing operational, investigative, administrative and tactical assignments.
During his 21 year career, Sean served as a commander of the Southwest District Operations Section, the Westside Special Enforcement Team and the Southern District Major Crimes Section. He was the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Medal of Honor and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Heroes Award.
After his retirement, Sean was appointed the Chief of Police position of the Carroll Township Police Department, which is located in York County, Pennsylvania.
Prior to coming to AACC, Sean was the Deputy Director of Public Safety for the campus police at Loyola University Maryland.
Sean is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he received both his bachelors and master’s degree in Management. He is also the graduate of numerous leadership schools including Northwestern University, Penn State, Southern Police Institute and FBI Leeda.
He is also a certified local emergency management coordinator and has completed the requirements for his basic, advanced and professional certifications in that field from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Cleveland Smith joined the College on November 1, 2005. He began his law enforcement career with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 1980. While with the police department he served in a number of positions within the agency before becoming a Sergeant. During his 20 year tenure with the police department, he worked in the functional areas of patrol operations, special operations, criminal investigation, and internal affairs. Cleveland worked for the State of Maryland Juvenile Services for five years as an investigator prior to coming to the College.
Cleveland is not only the Operations Commander but the Department’s Accreditation Manager and an Accreditation assessor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Cleveland is a graduate of John Hopkins University, Bowie State University and University of D.C. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Dave Pressley joined the College on December 01, 2014. He began his law enforcement career with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 1980. While with the police department he served in a number of positions within the agency before becoming a Deputy Chief. During his 32 year tenure with the department, he worked in the functional areas of patrol operations, district detectives, intelligence, and narcotics investigations. He served as a commander of the Special Operations Section, Training Academy, Eastern District, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Field Operations Bureau. Dave also worked for the Maryland Judiciary prior to coming to the College.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and the Prince George Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Associate of Arts degree in Law Enforcement. He has received specialized police management and leadership training from the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Gary Vernon joined the College on July 1, 2011. He began his law enforcement career on December 31, 1979 with the Harford County Sheriff’s Department. While with the sheriff’s department he served in a number of positions within the agency before retiring as a Captain.
During his 30 year tenure with the sheriff’s department, he worked in the functional areas of corrections, patrol, criminal investigations, special operations, court services, and administrative services.
Gary is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and the University of Phoenix. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Beth Mauk joined the College on March 1, 2016. Her law enforcement career began in 1997 with the Department of Natural Resources. There, she spent her early patrol years policing Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and surrounding lands and waterways. She was the recipient of numerous awards including Conservation Officer of the Year, Boating Safety Officer of the Year, Officer of the Year and Superintendent’s Commendation. Several promotions provided the opportunity to supervise and police in St. Mary’s County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the Eastern Shore. She concluded her Natural Resources Police career as a Lieutenant in March of 2016 as the Commander of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties.
Beth designed and taught courses for Natural Resources Police Training and Education Division. Prior to serving as a police officer, Beth taught courses right here at Anne Arundel Community College for the Continuing Education Department.
Beth is a graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore where she received a bachelor’s in Psychology. She graduated from two police academies: Prince George’s Community College and Maryland Natural Resources Police Academy.
Stephen Shepet joined the College on December 16, 1997. He began his career in public safety working as a public safety officer at the College. In 2004, after serving seven years in patrol, he was promoted to Corporal and became the midnight shift commander. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continues to lead the Midnight Shift. Stephen is the department’s webmaster and is certified in web design.
Stephen received an Associates of Applied Science in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, an Associates of Applied Science in Business Management, an Associate of Arts in General Studies and Certificates in Business Management and Criminal Justice from Anne Arundel Community College.
On September 26, 2008, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety received its initial accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and became the first community college in the country to do so.
The achievement of accreditation for the department has resulted in improvements in structure, leadership, organization, general direction and accountability. The process of intensive self-assessment has united the department in its commitment to serve the college community through well-written policies and procedures, objective management and conscious recognition of the need for public safety professionalism.
In September 2014, after a lengthy process, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety successfully attained its second reaccreditation.
For information contact Major Cleveland Smith, AACC DPSP Accreditation Manager.