Public Safety Initiative

Welcome to The Public Safety Initiative

FUELING SUCCESS THROUGH ACCESS TO TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Established in 2017, the Public Safety Initiative has forged forward with the mission of providing evidence-based academic quality training and non-academic credit educational services to law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Our goal behind this mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and their communities, both here and abroad, through collaborative governance, public service innovation, community engagement and research.

We believe that with an absence of a centralized public safety university-affiliated educational organization in Colorado, agencies in Colorado and across the nation are left searching for options that both fit within their budget and satisfy the need for continuing training and education.

How We Go About Our Mission

Today’s public safety personnel face a wide variety of challenges including a growing mental health crisis, international terrorism, ever-evolving technologies, just to name a few. The need for expanded training is critical.

The Public Safety Initiative provides professional development training, education, and research and evaluation services to law enforcement officers and other public safety professionals, including those in probation, parole, and corrections, as well as legal professionals from public defenders and district attorney offices, school personnel, and community members.

Areas of focus include leadership development, civil liability, wellness, cybercrime, corrections, safe schools, safe neighborhoods, church safety/security, traffic accident investigation, human trafficking, and community policing and practices. 

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Meet our Public Safety Initiative Staff

Janet Van Kampen
Program Director
Contact me by Phone: (719) 255-4215
Contact me by Email: janet.vankampen@uccs.edu
Rod Walker
Director, Senior Instructor
Contact me by Phone: (719) 255-8145
Contact me by Email: rwalker4@uccs.edu

Public Safety Initiative Board of Directors

  1. Andy Cain

    Chancellor Emeritus, CTU

  2. Peter Carey

    Undersheriff, El Paso County Sheriff's Office

  3. Ted Collas

    Chief, Colorado Springs Fire Department

  4. Lorne Kramer

    Managing Partner, KRW Associates

  5. Bill Elder

    Sheriff, El Paso County Sheriff's Office

  6. Diana May

    County Attorney

  7. Bret Waters

    Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs 

  8. Vince Niski

    Chief, Colorado Springs Police Department