2. OVERVIEW OF THE UCCS POLICE DEPARTMENT (UCCS PD)

a. Statement Addressing UCCS PD Mission, Law Enforcement Authority and Officer
Training

Mission
The mission of the UCCS Department of Public Safety is to provide police, security, risk
management, environmental safety,  and emergency preparedness services
to the University community. We recognize that our authority comes from the
Constitution of the United States, a continually reaffirmed expression of the will of the people,
and we are dedicated to upholding its expression of the fundamental value of all people. We
view our community and our employees as invaluable assets whose welcome diversity
encourages us to strive for a place where their expression and worth can flourish. We do this
with the clear understanding that our ultimate responsibility is to enhance and celebrate the
University experience. The Department recognizes that specific programs aimed at
encouraging community participation will be most successful when fostered within a climate of
mutual community trust. This is most likely to occur as a result of frequent, free, and open
contact among Department members, the public at large, and University community
representatives.

Authority
The police officers of the UCCS Police Department are Colorado Peace Officers and receive
their police authority via the provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 24, Article 7.5. This
statute gives officers the authority to enforce all laws of the state of Colorado while acting
within the scope of his or her authority and in the performance of his or her duties. The Board
of Regents has delegated authority to the University Police Department to enforce University
rules and regulations, as well as municipal, county, and state laws. University Police officers
have full police authority on all properties owned or controlled by the University and to make
arrests when not on state owned or leased property. University police may also refer
University students to the office of Judicial Affairs when offenses involve violations of
University rules and regulations.

Officer Training
University Police officers receive the same training as other full-service police officers in
Colorado; they must successfully complete an authorized Colorado Law Enforcement Training
Academy with a minimum of 540 hours of specialized instruction. All University Police officers
must successfully complete an on-the-job police-training program under the supervision of
experienced officers and supervisors. This training usually lasts a minimum of four months and
covers security and crime concerns specific to the University and surrounding community.
Finally, officers must complete a probationary period of six months to one year before being
certified in their staff positions.