Police Department hosts crisis negotiation and tactical training exercise

UCCS police, counseling faculty, and residence life staff members joined with the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct a training exercise Jan. 12.

Throughout the day, activities took place in the Department of Public Safety offices and in campus housing. The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Mobile Command Post was on campus.

Officials from the FBI and the Colorado Springs Police Department led training exercises in hostage negotiation techniques, followed by a mock domestic violence barricade scenario in campus housing.

“While we hope to never have to have a hostage situation on campus, it’s important that we learn how to deal with such problems and to benefit from the experience of others,” Jim Spice, executive director, Department of Public Safety, and chief of the UCCS Police Department, said. “The time to learn new skills, and to build working relationships, is prior to needing them.”

Also participating in the exercises were members of the College of Education Counseling and Human Services Department, Residence Life and Student Housing, and a campus response team of administrators, counselors and student affairs professionals.

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