The Field Services division of CSUPD is the front line of community problem solving and emergency response. It is the most visible representation of the CSU Police Department, as a majority of the division consists of uniformed officers in marked police vehicles and bicycles. Uniformed CSUPD officers are the first to respond to many different types of university emergencies including fire, medical and law enforcement incidents. Their visibility and proactive patrol in the CSU community help in the reduction of crime, and officers routinely provide customer-service assistance to faculty, staff, students and visitors.
In addition to proactive patrol and emergency response, officers regularly meet with community members to develop partnerships to facilitate strategic problem solving and continued student success. Officers host community presentations on a wide variety of topics and work closely with Housing & Dining Services to build relationship in the residence halls.
The Field Services division is comprised of four patrol shifts to provide 24-hour service to the community. Each shift is staffed with officers and a supervisor, who rotate each semester with the academic calendar.
While the department’s primary focus is on safety and security of all CSU campus, all CSU police officers are commissioned through Fort Collins Police Services and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Officers have full law enforcement authority on all university and state-owned property, as well as the city of Fort Collins and Larimer County. CRS 16-2.5–148
Mutual aid agreements are in place with both Fort Collins and Larimer County which address contingencies for emergencies including natural disasters, civil disturbances, and major incidents. CRS 29-5-103 and CRS 29-5-104
CSUPD maintains close working relationships with all public safety agencies within Larimer County as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Training & Certifications
All CSU police officers are state certified through the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board and are commissioned by the CSU Board of Governors. Officers must successfully complete or challenge a POST-approved basic law enforcement academy prior to being appointed.
Upon successful completion of the academy, all new CSUPD officers complete an additional 280 hours of in-service training prior to working in the field, followed by least 600 hours of one-on-one field training with experienced officers. Officers must successfully complete a one-year probationary period.
The Colorado POST board requires all officers to complete at least 24 hours of ongoing training during each calendar year, including 12 hours in the areas of perishable skills (arrest control, driving and firearms). CSUPD officers exceed this standard by completing approximately 80 hours of scheduled in-service training per year, with several officers completing over 200 hours annually, depending on assignment.
In order to serve our whole community ongoing training topics include, but are not limited to fair & impartial policing, crisis management and de-escalation, constitutional law, American Red Cross CPR/AED, emergency trauma care, active assailant response, emergency vehicle operation, community problem solving, serving at-risk populations, Clery Act, family violence, crime scene investigation, accident reconstruction, site assessment, leadership, and many others.
Officers strive daily to enhance the quality of life for our community through hard work, proactive policing and community partnerships.