The Standard Response Protocol, a national system implemented throughout K-12 schools, will now be part of the emergency communications used by UCCS Police in the most recent Safety Tip Tuesday video posted on the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The protocol is as follows:
UCCS Police adopted the protocol this semester. It allows a common set of terms for police to use with faculty, staff and students during an emergency. Most college students are already familiar with the protocol from drills in high school.
The protocol was created by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation in 2009 after the Platte Canyon Hostage Crisis. Today, the Standard Response Protocol is used by students, educations, administrators, staff and first responders across the nation.
Marc Pino, chief of police, and Jerod Heidrick, sergeant, UCCS Police, participated in trainings over the summer to learn more about procedures and implementation of SRP.
UCCS Police are working to educate faculty and staff on the protocol, with an emphasis in the difference between a lockdown and a lockout. One fire drill per semester will be replaced by a lockdown or lockout situation.
The UCCS Police Department employs 17 sworn, state-certified and commissioned peace officers in addition to five campus service and housing security officers. Officers are also cross-commissioned with the Colorado Springs Police Department.