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Golden West College Public Safety Office

GWC Public Safety Office


On behalf of the Golden West College Public Safety Department, I would like to welcome you to the Department's website. The members of the Department are committed to providing the highest quality in public safety services and ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for the entire Golden West College community.  The website was designed to provide you with a source for public safety information and services available to the GWC campus community.

Whether you are a student, employee or simply a visitor to the campus, the Department of Public Safety would like to welcome you to Golden West College.   It is the mission of the Department to provide a safe and secure environment for the campus community 24/7, 365 days a year. Our Department is staffed by dedicated, well trained and professional Campus Safety Officers who are here to assist you. Our office is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our new building is located in the Southwest corner of the campus next to Nursing & Health Services Building (Goldenwest St. and Edinger Ave.).

The Department of Public Safety offers a variety of services to our students and guests. Our officers are available 24/7 to receive reports of suspicious activities and to take requests for services such as safety escorts, room lock-out assistance and vehicle jump-starts. Public Safety Officers are also responsible for the parking and traffic enforcement on campus in addition to the initial investigation and documentation of campus incidents.

Our officers and support staff are here to assist you and answer any questions that you may have.  I am proud to work with so many dedicated professionals whose primary function is to ensure a safe campus for you.


Jon Arnold
Chief of Police
Coast Community College District
Director of Public Safety
Golden West College  

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GWC Employee of the Year, Manny PadillaGWC Employee of the Year, Manny Padilla

Ever since he was a young child, Manny wanted to be an officer of the law, and now he is living his dream. Campus Public Safety Officer Manny Padilla has been a face on campus since 2000. He received an AA in Criminal Justice in 2002, and now patrols our parking lots and interior, taking care of everything from battery assists to incident reports, parking enforcement to escorts.   He actually started as a Student Assistant in the Counseling Center, but soon moved to Public Safety and 8 years ago landed the full time position in Public Safety.

Manny calls himself a happy man. He loves being outdoors, helping people and having a job that includes a wide diversity of activities.  He smiles when he thinks of his job -- how wonderful it is to drive around this gorgeous campus and have the opportunity to get to know so many people and help so many.  The hours, the holidays, the benefits – he just keep counting his blessings! More...

You deserve a safe environment conducive to learning. Operating with ethics, integrity, and respect, we strive to safeguard our campus through proactive response. We are working for your safety.

Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. A person may report any criminal action or emergency at any time - day or night.

24-Hour Phone Line

Or dial 911
Dialing 911 from a campus phone will alert Public Safety which will provide assistance faster than from a cell phone.

The Public Safety Office is located in the Health Science Building at the west end of campus, next to Math Science and Humanities. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Golden West College is a pay to park site, all vehicles utilizing parking lots are required to display a valid permit at all times. Permits may be purchased per semester online or by day from the dispensers located in each lot. Citations are issued for violations of the campus parking rules and regulations. All citation appeals are referred to the College Parking Adjudication Committee via an appeal website.

GWC Emergency Alert Notification System Information [PDF]

Parking Permits

Parking permits are available online for $30 per semester ($20 for Board of Governors Grant recipients) and $15 for the summer session. A current, valid parking permit must be properly displayed either on the left rear bumper, suspended from the rear view mirror, on the dashboard, or on the inside lower left front windshield. Motorcycles/mopeds shall have the permit affixed to the left front fork. Mechanical permit dispensers are available in each parking lot for daily parking ($3). Permits not fully displayed as described will be eligible for a citation. A student whose permit is lost or stolen must purchase a new permit.

Purchase a Parking Permit

Pay Citation Online

Citation Appeal Form Online

The goal of the Public Safety Department is to provide members of the academic community with a safe and orderly environment in which to work and learn.

Bicycle Thefts

In an effort to respond to bicycle thefts on campus, Public Safety is working with others to place new bicycle racks at several location on the interior of the campus.  We are working closely with student representatives to identify convenient and safe locations.  However, it is still critical that you take appropriate steps to protect your property.

If you bring a bicycle onto campus, please be sure to do the following:

Golden West College is fortunate to be located in one of the safest cities in the country.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation perennially lists the City of Huntington Beach as one of the top 100 safest large cities in the United States.