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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 480 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 lasts a minimum of four months and covers security and crime concerns specific to the University community. Finally, officers must complete a probationary period of six months to one year before being certified to their staff positions.
The UCCS Police Department recognizes the importance of maintaining close and cooperative working relationships with the City of Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and the El Paso County District Attorney's Office. The UCCS Police Department meets with these departments on a formal and informal basis and on specific issues as the need arises. Through an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Colorado Springs Police Department, UCCS Police are granted enforcement authority of state offenses off campus and enforcement of City Traffic and Parking Violations on campus and within a defined enforcement boundary.
All of these law enforcement departments share information to track offender criminal histories and arrest information, as well as crime trend information. The UCCS Police Department has direct lines of communication with these departments, which allow for fast, efficient coordination when necessary. The UCCS Police Department also works with other state and federal law enforcement agencies as required.
The University is committed to your safety and, as such, has implemented sexual offense prevention programs as well as personal empowerment programs to assist you in preventing a sexual assault. The programs promote your awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non- forcible sex offenses. These programs are given several times throughout the year, with dates made public at the beginning of each semester and announced at new student orientations.
The University provides support for victims of crime. Therefore, do not hesitate to report a crime including incidents of sexual assault and ethnic, racial, or sexual harassment. As a crime victim, you can obtain assistance on the campus and in the Colorado Springs community. See the Campus and Community Resource Directory in the back of this booklet for other organizations that provide services to victims of crime.
Students who have been victims of crime and who address those issues in therapy at the University Counseling Center are made aware of their reporting options and are encouraged to report the crime as a part of therapy. However, it is made very clear to the student that the final decision to report or not report is left up to the student. A summary of the student issues that the University Counseling Center works with each year is recorded in a counseling center annual report. This data is summarized by diagnoses and no names are attached to the data. The counseling center report does not distinguish events that occurred in the past year from events that occurred at any time in the student's past, and it does not distinguish reported events from non-reported events.