6. SECURITY AWARENESS, CRIME PREVENTION & EDUCATION

a. Statement Addressing Security Awareness Programs

The University Police Operations Division, within the Department of Public Safety, offers a
number of programs that promote security awareness and crime prevention. All UCCS Police
officers are dedicated to crime prevention and facilitate programs for students, staff, faculty,
and the community by providing a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect
themselves and their property. In addition to departmental programs, the Police Department
cooperates with other units on campus to present security and safety programs. A common
theme of all programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their
responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

b. Statement Addressing Crime Prevention Programs

UCCS PD personnel facilitate programs for students, parents, and faculty, in addition to every
semester programs for Housing Resident Advisers and residents, providing a variety of
educational strategies and tips.

ONGOING RESOURCES:

Parking Enforcement Officers - Students conduct core campus and parking facility
safety patrols on foot.

Safety Escorts – Police officers and security guards are available to provide safety
escorts.

Tip: To enhance personal safety, and especially after an evening class, walk
with friends or someone from class that you know well. There were over 750
safety escorts this calendar year.

Crime Prevention Tips—Available on the Public Safety web site
at http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/crime-prevention-tips.html.

THINK - is a drug and alcohol awareness committee on campus committed to raising
awareness of the consequences of drug and alcohol use. For more
information visit our website located at:
http://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/police/prevention/think-drug-and-aggression-defense-program.html.
This committee meets 2-3 times each semester.

National Bike Registry – NBR is a program that offers an informational link between
people whose bikes are stolen and the police who recover them. For more
information visit http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/national-bike-registry.html

WeTip - Anonymous reporting system for crime, drugs, gangs, graffiti.
(800) 78-CRIME
http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/wetip--anonymous-crime-reporting-.html

EDUCATIONAL and TEACHING RESOURCES:

Women's only Self-Defense Classes

  • Rape Aggression Defense -- (R.A.D.)-  RAD is a hands-on, self-defense, and risk
    reduction education program. It is designed to teach the student realistic ways
    to defend and protect oneself from sexual and abductive assaults. University
    Police offer the following R.A.D. self-defense courses which are taught by
    nationally-certified instructors:
    http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/rape-aggression-defense-program-.html 
    This class is offered 6-10 times each semester.
  • Basic Self Defense: Twelve-hour course for women designed to teach
    empowerment, Risk Reduction and self-defense techniques. This class is
    available upon request.

MAKING POSITIVE CHOICES – This is a 20-30 minute presentation given to
incoming students who are first year and transfer students. This presentation
addresses overall campus safety for students, drug and alcohol awareness,
sexual harassment, assault prevention, and emergency preparedness
procedures. This program is offered 25 - 30 times a year prior to the beginning
of each semester.

CHOICES - a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college
students involving interactive journaling. The CHOICES program involves a
90-minute, peer-facilitated class. Throughout the course students are
presented with information and then they are able to reflect on what they have
learned as it relates to their choices about drinking in their personal journals.
The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that
enables students to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption.
Because the central focus of this program is to help students make informed
choices the journal is set up to provide participants with information and then
they are asked to apply what they have learned in a series of self-reflective
questions. We offer this program twice a month during the academic year.

SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience)
SIDNE is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates alcohol and drug
impairment for the driver. This program is given on-campus as well as to local
high schools. We offer this program twice a year on campus, twice a year offcampus
at local high schools, and twice a year at other off-site community
locations.

Alcohol Awareness Seminar - this program emphasizes the personal affect of
alcohol use through Fatal-Vision goggles as well as the legal implications.
http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/alcohol-awareness-program.html. This
seminar is given several times per year and is also incorporated into the
SIDNE seminars.

Resident Assistant Training - each of the presentations is broken into two sessions.
One session is for discussion on safety awareness and police interaction. The
other session is for practical application in the field. The sessions are
presented in the fall and spring semesters and presentation times average
from two to four hours for each session. This training is presented twice a
year.

Refuse to Be A Victim – A three-hour class that presents crime prevention, theft
reduction, personal awareness, and home and office security tips and
concepts. These classes are free and open to the campus and local
community. This class is offered twice a year for specific campus departments
or upon request.

Bicycle Safety -- Police Officers assigned to the Police Mountain Bike Patrol offer
classes on bicycle safety and skills to a variety of age groups to include preschool
and elementary age. This program is given once each summer at the
on-campus day-care facility.

Shots Fired: When lightning strikes. Public Safety personnel discuss with
students, staff and faculty the issues surrounding an active shooter situation
on a college campus. The cornerstone of this training is the “Shots Fired on
Campus” DVD. This 20 minute video is also available for viewing on the
Public Safety website. This video is shown during various emergency
preparedness trainings on campus.

THE FOLLOWING SEMINARS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

Overall Safety Seminars— These seminars have included Winter Driving Tips, Fire
Safety, and Personal Risk Management

Robbery Prevention - This seminar gives tips on how to survive armed robbery and
be a good witness. This seminar is given to cashiers and those who handle
cash. This is seminar presentation averages two times per semester.

Theft and Fraud Seminars - These presentations are usually given to people working
in areas where check and credit card fraud occurs, (such as the Bookstore,
Bursar's Office, Recreation Center, etc.). The seminar covers commonly used
scams, how to recognize them, and what to do when they occur. This seminar
is given to those who handle cash, checks and credit cards. This seminar
presentation averages two times per semester.

Dealing with Difficult People. This presentation is given to campus departments who
are customer-oriented and provides them information and tips on how to deal
with angry and disruptive customers. This program averages four times each
year.

Security Surveys - University police evaluate a facility's physical security and makes
recommendations for improvements. This program averages twice a year.

Drug and Alcohol Information Seminars - These talks cover recognition of
Controlled substances, the effect on people, and what to do if one suspects
that someone is using or selling drugs. This seminar is presented twice a
semester and only available upon request.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:

Red Cross Certifications – Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED and First Aid

Emergency Preparedness/Readiness Training - This seminar looks at the weatherrelated
and man-made hazards that exist in Colorado and on any college
campus. The discussion ranges from lightning, major accidents, evacuation,
shelter in place, dangerous weapons on campus, active shooter, behavioral
intervention, emergency notification, situational awareness, and may include
several hands-on exercises. Recipients of this training include Residence Life
and individual departments.

Floor Coordinator Training - Public Safety personnel put campus floor coordinators
through their paces. This training is designed to provide coordinators with
additional knowledge about evacuations, sheltering in place, and appropriate
response to emergency situations. This training is given annually.

        Lab Safety Training - There are 2 levels of this course. The basic level is for students enrolled
        in a laboratory class. They take a short on-line course designed to make them aware of the hazards
        present in a laboratory situation and how to respond to an emergency in the laboratory environment.
        The advanced level is taken by everyone who works (including student employees, volunteers
        graduate students, etc.) in a laboratory environment.  It goes into greater depth about the hazards
        present in laboratory settings.  It covers both hazardous materials and physical hazards.  It goes into
        greater detail about emergency response during a laboratory incident. It also covers instructor and
        researcher responsibilities associated with supervising the safety of those students either enrolled in
        a course or working in a research laboratory.

In addition to the above programs, information is disseminated to students and employees
through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, videos, and
articles and advertisements in university and student newspapers. Consult the calendar of
events in the University Center and the student newspaper for scheduled topics and times.