NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Public safety at NECC

The Northern Essex Community College ( NECC) police Department is committed to serve and protect the campus the students and the community.

Chief David Hobbs dressed in a black police Polo shirt and khakis, warmly interviewed in the NECC Public Safety office in Haverhill. Chief Hobbs has worked in Law Enforcement for over 23 7ears before coming to NECC. He is committed to the community and the campus.

“Policing is the fabric of our Society, which benefits from safety and order in our Communities,” he said.
Currently the NECC Police Department has a few sworn officers, one in the Police Academy and looking to hire more. The NECC Police Department in conjunction with the security officers, also on campus, work together for “ the goal to keep the campus safe and to be part of the community is a team effort.

While anyone can try and become a police officer, obtaining an education in Criminal Justice, Law enforcement or any others subject is important. “ An education along with the Police Academy training will help candidates be better equipped for critical thinking, problem solving and a better officer overall,” said Hobbs. “Plus there are now more training and state requirements that aid in better policing.”

“Policing is a rewarding job and a great way to help people and have a positive impact on someone’s life,” he said. “Policing allows for community engagement and helps to shape and protect society.”

Hobbs was an integral part of the Hampton, N.H., Police for many years and earned many different positions from Patrol Officer to Resource Officer, to being part of the SeaCoast Emergency Response Team to finally Chief of Police, before joining NECC.

Policing in general has the same challenge across the country as less people are interested in the field “ In 1999, when I initially applied there was well over 200 people that also applied to be a Police officer. Today people seem more passionate about other subjects and jobs. The Pandemic also seems to have swayed people to have different ideas about work and about working.

Hopefully by working in the community and with the campus it will encourage others to invest and have interest in an important role that continues to shape and aid in the fabric of our society and community.”

Northern Essex Community College Police Chief David Hobbs is committed to provide a safe and rewarding campus to the faculty, students and community.

Chief Hobbs wants to get to know people and have an impact on people’s lives.

Chief Hobbs want to help people improve their situations in life. Chief Hobbs wants to continue to build safe, encouraging, friendly communities at Norther Essex Community College as he has done for 23 years.