Welcome from the Executive Director

On behalf of Texarkana College (TC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS), I would like to welcome you to the DPS’s webpages. The DPS is an organization of committed professionals who possess a strong desire and willingness to provide its community members with quality safety and security services that they truly want, need, and prefer. We value the input of our community and use your feedback to modify existing departmental operations ensuring we provide the quality service demanded of us.

It is our privilege to serve the Texarkana College community of students, faculty members, academic professionals and staff members, as well as our visitors. Founded in 1927, Texarkana College has a long history of distinction, pride and academic excellence. Therefore, as the unit charged with ensuring safety, we take our responsibility seriously.

The information contained on our Web site is part of our continued effort to provide the campus community with current safety information, programs, and services. As you review each page you will learn about our police services, emergency preparedness, and risk management. Each of these responsibilities works collaboratively not only with each other, but also with the broader campus community as well as the community of Texarkana to assure the safety and security of our great campus. Our duty is to promote a safe and secure environment where education, research and public service can flourish. Through our continuous efforts of working with you and our community in regards to safety – we strive to have an environment where our community’s and your achievements will be unlimited.

As DPS’s Executive Director, I look forward to working with TC’s students, faculty, administrators, and staff as we interdependently and collaboratively strive together to identify, analyze, respond to, and assess problems occurring within our community. We truly understand and acknowledge the strength of our community’s involvement regarding the reduction of campus crime, disorderly behaviors, and conduct. As we strive to enhance our operational safety and security services, we will continually solicit your support, cooperation, and assistance. In conclusion, our organizational strategy and change process is a long-term effort on behalf of the members of DPS. In order for us to fully achieve our preferred future, we need to tirelessly work with our community to ensure that we maintain a close working relationship with you. Thank you for choosing Texarkana College and for allowing the Texarkana College Department of Public Safety to serve you. If you should have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or any member of our team. We wish you much success while you study, learn, teach, or conduct research at our great campus.

Jeff Cottingham

Immediate Emergency Notification Policy & Procedures

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the Campus Community, Texarkana College authorities will, without delay, distribute an alert of notification to the Campus Community, unless issuing an alert will, in the judgment of first responders, compromise the efforts to assist victims, or contain, respond to or mitigate the emergency.

The following represents the emergency notification procedure:

  • Confirmation of an incident that threatens the health or safety of the College community is conducted by the Department of Public Safety and/or Facilities Department.
  • Activation of the emergency notification systems is authorized by the President of the College, Dean of Students, Chief Instructional Officer and/or the Executive Director of Public Safety and Police Services.
  • A message alerting the College community of the threat is crafted by authorities in the Department of Public Safety Office.
  • Notification to neighboring institutions, local businesses &/ or the media will be conducted by the Office of Public Relations or designated staff member.
  • Immediate notification of a threat to the health and /or safety of College members may be distributed to either a segment of the population or the entire campus community, depending on the scope of the threat. The methods of notification may include activation of the Rave Alert, email, or postings within campus buildings and/or the College website.

Students are automatically signed up upon successful completion of the academic registration process at Texarkana College. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up and can register for the emergency notification system by visiting Get Rave.

Emergency contacts


Bowie County Health Clinic
(903) 798-3250

Wadley Regional Medical Center
(903) 798-8000

Christus St. Michael Hospital
(903) 614-1000


T-Line (City Bus Transportation)
(903) 794-8883

(903) 792-4689

Wayne Terrel (unlocking service)
(903) 293-0489

Poison Control Center

Domestic Violence Prevention Inc
(903) 794-4000

Rape Crisis Center
(903) 793-4357

Abuse Hotline

Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Animal Control
(903) 798-3263

Texarkana College Dept of Public Safety
(903) 798-3330

Texarkana College
(903) 823-3456

Crime Stoppers
(903) 793-STOP (7867)

Texarkana Texas Police Department
(903) 798-3116

Bowie County Sheriff’s Office
(903) 798-3149

Texarkana Arkansas Police Department
(903) 798-3130

Miller County Sheriff’s Office
(870) 774-3001

Texas Department of Public Safety
(903) 792-5835

Texarkana College Police group photo


JeffCottingham_thumbChief Jeff Cottingham began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer for a local municipality in East Texas. Receiving training in all aspects of police function including, but not limited to, criminal investigation, case management, property, internal affairs investigation, and supervision, Jeff decided that he would pursue a career in law enforcement administration. To accomplish this goal, Jeff joined the then Texarkana College Police Department and enrolled in classes at TC. Jeff received (4) Associates degrees from TC and went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. In addition, Jeff obtained his Master Peace Officer Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.

In 2010 Jeff began the process of transforming the Texarkana College Police Department into the Department of Public Safety. This transition brought all aspects of Public Safety and Police Services under one division. Jeff currently serves as our Executive Director of Public Safety and Police Services at the Texarkana College Department of Public Safety.

BrendaScurlock_thumbAdministrative Assistant Brenda Scurlock has been employed with Texarkana College since May, 2011 after retiring from the Texarkana Texas Police Department with 19 1/2 years of service. During her tenure with TTPD, she served as a clerk-typist for 2 years in the Criminal Investigation Division and 17 1/2 years as the Patrol Division Secretary. She has 2 daughters & 1 son-in-law, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Her favorite activities are crocheting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

GiselaAltamirano_thumbOfficer Gisela Altamirano is a veteran officer that began her career with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department. Officer Altamirano attended Texarkana College earning an Associate’s degree in behavioral science and subsequently a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Officer Altamirano has worked in various segments of law enforcement including Patrol and Bike Patrol and was promoted to Detective within the Texarkana Police Department. Officer Altamirano specialized in crimes against persons and became the lead investigator on crimes against children and sexual assaults.

Officer Altamirano continued to broaden her law enforcement credentials as she became a Nationally Certified Hostage Negotiator. Officer Altamirano continues to assist local law enforcement agencies in hostage negotiation. Officer Altamirano joined the Texarkana College Department of Public Safety in October of 2010 and received her Master Peace Officer License. Officer Altamirano is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a certified RAD instructor.

CharlesGreen_thumbOfficer Charles (Chuck) Green started at the Texarkana, Texas Police Department in September, 1985. After graduating from the police academy he was assigned to narcotics and received his training in this field from the Drug Enforcement Agency. After a year in narcotics, he went to Patrol Division where he was appointed as a Field Training Officer. In July 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant and served at that rank until his retirement in October, 2007. During his tenure at Texarkana, Texas Police Department he served in several areas; Narcotics, Patrol, Property, IT, and Narcotics again as a supervisor. He received his Master Certification as a Peace Officer while employed with Texarkana, Texas Police Department.

Officer Vick Thornburg began his law enforcement career in 1990 as a patrol officer for a local police agency.  Thornburg worked for the agency a total of 12.5 years.  Thornburg received extensive training in patrol procedures, property management, case preparation and presentation, as well as working in various segments of law enforcement.  Thornburg has worked for the Bowie County Sheriff Office, for a total of 10 years, starting as a patrol deputy.  He remained in the patrol division for a total of 4 years before taking a lateral transfer to the Criminal Investigation Division.  While in the CID, he received in-depth training in basic criminal investigations to homicide and equivocal death investigation.  Thornburg promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Investigator where he remained until his resignation.

During his tenure in law enforcement, Thornburg spent 10 years as a S.W.A.T. officer and 8 years as a field training officer. He has received his Master Certification as a Peace Officer.

Thornburg is married to Temple Jeanette Thornburg and has a son, Corey Thornburg, and a daughter, Hannah Thornburg.