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If the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is contacted about criminal activity occurring off-campus involving UCCS students, CSPD may notify University Police. However, there is no official city police policy requiring such notification. Students in these cases may be subject to arrest by CSPD and may be referred to the UCCS Office of Judicial Affairs.
Law Enforcement Authority and Interagency Relationships
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 16, Article 2.5, Part 101. 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.
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 usually 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 in 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 University Police meets with these departments on a formal and informal basis and on specific issues as the need arises. Through an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Colorado Springs Police Department, while off campus in City jurisdiction, University Police are granted enforcement authority of State of Colorado criminal offenses as well as City traffic and parking violations within a pre-defined enforcement boundary. Any University owned or leased property in outlying areas is patrolled jointly by both University Police and Colorado Springs Police.
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 University Police also work with other state and federal law enforcement agencies as required.
SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING PROCEDURES
The University recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue and will not tolerate such acts on campus. The University Police will investigate all allegations of sexual assault and will take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action with prior consent of the victim. If you become the victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. It is important that you seek help immediately.