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Homeland Security at UConn


The UConn Police and Fire Departments make up a portion of the Division of Public Safety at the University. Considering the separate and distinct mission of both of these agencies, the University community is assured to receive professional public safety service from these professional men and women who work 24 hours each day, every day of the year.

The UConn Police Department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), a coveted award sought and attained on a voluntary basis by certain law enforcement agencies worldwide. The police department employs sworn police officers as well as civilian support personnel at the main campus at Storrs and at the Avery Point, Hartford, West Hartford, Waterbury and Stamford Campuses. Fully staffed and equipped with the latest in technology, the patrol division operates marked cruisers with appropriate emergency equipment and radio and data communications capabilities. Members of the detective division, special events/operations, training, community services, professional standards and community police provide support to the department and to the matters facing our unique community.

The UConn Fire Department is also fully equipped with the latest in radio and data communications and has full fire fighting capability through the use of two fire trucks and one ladder truck used for high-rise rescue and operations. Two mobile intensive care ambulances provide transportation for the sick and injured and a special hazard truck is equipped to mitigate chemical and biohazard incidents, spills, and confined space rescue operations. Considered a leader in the area, the UConn Fire Department provides mutual aid assistance to area towns.

The University Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is housed at the Public Safety complex located at 126 North Eagleville Road in Storrs. In times of crisis, the EOC may be activated and staffed with appropriate University professionals who allocate and direct university resources to address whatever issues the particular crisis may present. As simple as a weather emergency or as complex as the relocation of shoreline communities being evacuated, the EOC provides a variety of communication methods that are linked to the statewide Office of Emergency Management. It is the statewide Office of Emergency Management that provides the support necessary to local communities whose needs may outweigh available resources.

The UConn Police Department also maintains networking contact with the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security. By maintaining this direct contact, University public safety officials are updated regularly on issues pertaining to the protection of our community. Be assured that we will strive to notify the community of any changes in the national threat level that are pertinent.

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security webpage:
http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

For specific information regarding the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security webpage:
http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/ntas.shtm