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29 January 2016

As the Broncos prepare to play in the Super Bowl, it’s an exciting time for the State of Colorado, the City of Greeley and UNC, the old home of the Bronco training camp.  Many viewing parties will be held both on campus and throughout the city of Greeley, and numerous private homes will host large groups of people for the game.

With any large event or celebration, there are safety factors that everyone should be aware of in order to enjoy the day to the fullest.  The use of alcohol will be commonplace on Sunday, so please remember to drink legally, responsibly and make sure your friends are doing the same.  To help ensure the safety of our community, both the Greeley Police Department and the UNC Police Department will have significantly increased staffing and patrols in order to respond rapidly to any actions that violate law or threaten the safety of our community.

Unfortunately, civil disobedience and destructive behavior sometimes occurs during these events due to a small minority of individuals who, under the guise of celebration, disregard the rights of their neighbors, friends and community.  The punitive actions for any student engaging in such behaviors are significant.  Students will be held accountable by the criminal justice system and the conduct process of the University.

Anyone convicted of an offense of ‘Inciting a riot’, ‘Engaging in a riot’, or ‘Disobedience of public safety orders under riot conditions’, will be suspended from the University and ineligible to enroll in any Colorado institution of higher education for a twelve month period.  The legal threshold for a ‘riot’ offense is defined as three or more individuals, so the group does not have to be large.  The University may choose to suspend a student upon arrest related to these offenses prior to conviction.  Students must be aware that the very act of watching a civil disturbance may result in arrest under these laws.   A student may also be arrested at a later date if they are identified violating any law.

I realize the vast majority of our student body is composed of intelligent, educated, and caring young adults who have no intent to cause disruption or harm to our community.  Be cautious not to get overly caught up in the moment, and don’t allow someone to use you in order to commit a criminal act.  Oftentimes violent persons in large crowds will ‘hide’ behind the larger portion of a crowd in order to throw objects, burn property, or strike an observer, only to blend into the larger body of the crowd before they can be identified and arrested.  Do not let yourself become part of this environment, do not compromise your safety, and do not put your educational and professional future at risk.

With some basic safety practice and awareness, you and your friends, along with everyone else in our community will have the opportunity to enjoy a great sporting tradition.

Thank you,

Dennis R. Pumphrey
Chief of Police

(The full text of the referenced laws can be accessed in the Chief’s Corner archive dated October 14, 2011)

14 January 2016

A quick primer on policies related to drones and hoverboards.

Before flying a drone or taking a hoverboard out for a spin, you should be aware of restrictions on campus.

By federal law, drones and other model aircraft can’t be flown within 5 miles of an airport unless permission has been granted by the control tower and airport operator. This law effectively bans drone and model aircraft use at UNC as the Greeley-Weld County Airport is within 5 miles of campus property. Exceptions for official university use of drones should be coordinated through the UNC Police Department.

The issues revolving around regulations of hoverboards are different. Since their batteries and chargers currently pose a fire hazard, hoverboards are banned in UNC residence halls.

Another issue: hoverboards are motorized. UNC doesn’t allow any unauthorized motorized vehicle or transportation to be used on the inner campus sidewalks, on bikeways and in campus buildings — doing so may result in a $50 fine. This policy also applies to motorized skateboards and motorized bikes.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information provided, please contact the UNC Police Department by email at police@unco.edu.

15 October 2015

Recent school shootings in Oregon, Texas, and Arizona have once again brought a harsh spotlight on the need for individual safety planning on school properties.  The University of Northern Colorado Police Department provides ‘Active Shooter’ awareness and response training for groups by request and through the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).

An active shooter is commonly defined as an individual who is engaged in the homicidal act of shooting all persons in a specific location, oftentimes with little or no personal vendetta against the individuals targeted.  This differs significantly from a hostage situation, which usually includes an effort to gain something, or a targeted homicidal act, which usually includes harmful intent towards a specific individual.  However, the following information may be applicable in many potentially violent situations, especially when confronted by someone armed with a deadly weapon.

The following information is condensed from various safety measures you can take during an active shooter incident:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and have a basic safety plan in case of an emergency.  If a situation appears to be dangerous remove yourself from the area if possible.  Rapidly assess your personal risk if you take or don’t take an action, and then decide what to do next.
  2. Get Out: In case of an active shooter, if it is safe to leave the area, do so.  Safe means that you are not in the line of potential fire and you have the ability to get out unseen by the suspect.
  3. Hide Out: Your second option is to lock or barricade doors, turn off lights, silence your cell phone, and hide in a manner that you cannot be seen in the room where you’ve secured yourself.  Call police if possible.
  4. Take Out: If you find yourself in a position where you are confronted by an active shooter, or you are in a confined area with a shooter, your only survival option may be to fight back.  If you choose to fight back, realize your life depends on successfully incapacitating or disarming the suspect.  You must also realize that you’re likely to be injured or even shot while fighting back, but do not focus on the injury, focus on successfully fighting back and disarming the suspect.

Under all circumstances, when safe, call 911 and report what you know to law enforcement.  Helpful information includes brief description of assailant, type of weapon in hand (long gun, handgun, large knife, etc.), and last known location.  Stay on the line with the dispatcher and answer their questions to the best of your ability.  Good information will help police response and likely contribute to a quicker resolution and the increased likelihood that lives can be saved.

Although active shooting events sometimes seem common, they are actually exceedingly rare compared to other everyday activities and accidents resulting in severe injury and death.  However, these events can sometimes occur and being mentally prepared with a safety plan can help minimize your risk of harm.

Requests for Active Shooter awareness training can be scheduled through Officer Larry Raimer at Lawrence.raimer@unco.edu.  The CETL workshop calendar may occasionally have training scheduled and can be accessed at http://www.unco.edu/cetl/cetl_workshops/index.html.

9 April 2015

Recently a representative from Southwestern Advantage (or Southwestern Advantage LEAD) is approaching faculty and students in or near the academic halls prior to the start of classes. The representative is recruiting for 'a paid internship' with this company.

This group has no relationship with the University and is a private company. This company sells books door-to-door. As with most companies engaged in this activity, there are safety concerns related to interacting with individuals selling door-to-door or deciding to seek employment with companies such as this. I would encourage any individual considering employment with this type of company to research the background and practices of Southwestern Advantage from multiple sources.

Southwestern Advantage representatives are in violation of the University Regulations under 3-7-127 Soliciting, Vending, and Debt Collection when they engage in this behavior without approval through appropriate University channels. If you see or interact with someone recruiting individuals, gathering personal information, or attempting to sell a product in the academic buildings, please call the UNC Police Department at 351-2245.


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