CSU Police and How to Report a Crime
CSU police officers work closely with offices on campus to identify safety and security needs and concerns.
CSU Police Qualifications and Authority
- Colorado State University Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- The department includes an investigations unit, patrol unit, records office and a 911 dispatch center.
- CSUPD officers are also commissioned officers in the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County.
- CSUPD also collaborates with Fort Collins Police Services, Poudre Fire Authority, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the District Attorney, and other state and federal law-enforcement agencies and investigation bureaus. As part of a regional first responder network, CSU police hold mutual aid agreements with the county and city to deal with contingencies such as natural disasters, civil disturbances, major crimes, and pursuits of serious offenders who travel across jurisdictional lines. These mutual aid agreements include provisions for joint investigations. Copies of these agreements are available from CSU police.
About CSUPD officers:
- CSU police officers are armed and have full law enforcement authority on all property owned or controlled by the university, including the authority to make arrests on or off campus.
- Officers possess peace-officer commissions from the State of Colorado, Larimer County, and the City of Fort Collins.
- Colorado State University police officers complete at least 860 hours of training in a state-certified police academy and field-training program in preparation for their jobs.
About the CSU Police Department work on campus:
- Colorado State University police officers routinely patrol on foot all buildings on campus.
- Officers patrol campus grounds by bicycle, motorcycle, and vehicles.
- Campus Safety Officers are student employees who assist at campus events and provide safe escorts across campus via SafeWalk. These employees receive more than 50 hours of training. More information at https://police.colostate.edu/safe-walk/.
How to Report an Emergency or Crime
CSU encourages all community members to make accurate and prompt reports of crimes and other emergencies on campus and other CSU-owned or controlled property. Reports about on-campus incidents should be made to CSU police immediately; off campus incidents should be reported to the agency with jurisdiction (such as Fort Collins Police Services). Promptly reporting crimes provides law enforcement agencies with the best opportunity to effectively address safety issues. If the victim of a crime elects not to or is unable to make such a report, others are encouraged to promptly do so. More information is at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=557.
If you witness or experience a crime or emergency, report it as soon as possible to CSU police by calling 911. The CSU Police Department is located in Green Hall. CSUPD operates 24 hours a day. The non-emergency number is 970-491-6425.
It is important to report what you observe even if others have already made a report.
- To report a crime in progress or immediate threat to campus safety call 911 from any phone. If you are on campus, tell the dispatcher so immediately.
- To report a crime that is no longer in progress and is not an immediate threat, call (970) 491-6425 or visit http://police.colostate.edu/pages/police-services.aspx#report. Crimes may be reported anonymously.
- To report a fire, call 911 from any phone. If you are on campus, identify your location as Colorado State University first, and the campus location of the fire.
- To report any other emergency in progress, call 911.
Tips for Reporting an Emergency when Calling 911
- Call 911 from any phone.
- CSUPD dispatchers have an enhanced system that allows our dispatcher to see where you are calling from. This does not work for cell phones without location services turned on.
- The dispatcher will need to know the address of the emergency, which is not necessarily where the call is coming from.
- 911 calls made from cell phones from within the city will be routed first to Fort Collins Police Services, so if you are calling from campus, be sure to tell the dispatcher that right away.
- When you are reporting a crime, it is important to report it immediately from a safe location.
- When speaking to a dispatcher, stay on the line and, as accurately as possible, tell the dispatcher everything you can remember about the incident. If reporting about a suspect, try to recall details such as the suspect’s clothing, if they were driving a vehicle, what it looked like, and direction of travel either on foot or in a vehicle.
- If you are in a position to give first aid to someone or to relay information to another rescuer, CSU and other local dispatchers are prepared to tell you what to do until emergency responders arrive.
- If reporting a fire or someone in need of an ambulance, CSU police will immediately notify fire or emergency medical personnel, then help with emergency measures such as evacuation and managing traffic so that fire trucks and ambulances can access the scene. Report all campus fires to CSU police immediately by calling 911.
Report a Crime Anonymously
To remain anonymous and report a crime to the CSU Police Department, you may fill out the online form at http://police.colostate.edu/reportcrimeanonymous.
- Information you submit will be sent securely to CSU police without your identity being revealed.
- Include as much detail as possible.
- If the crime you are reporting is an emergency, please call 911.
- Crimes reported anonymously to CSU police will be included in the Annual Fire and Safety Report as required by the Clery Act.
Confidentiality of Crime Reports
The university does not have a policy for confidential crime reporting. If you are the victim of a crime or want to report a crime, but do not want to pursue action within the university or criminal justice system, we ask that you still consider filing a report. Depending upon the circumstances of the crime you are reporting, you may be able file a report while maintaining your privacy. The CSU Police Department will do all it can to comply with your wish to keep your personally identifying information private, while also taking steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others. This also allows the university to compile accurate records on the number and types of incidents occurring on campus. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the Annual Fire and Safety Report, without personally identifying information. In limited circumstances, the police department may not be able to assure privacy and will inform you in those cases. Anyone may call the CSU Police Department at 970-491-6425 to report concerning information. Callers may remain anonymous if they choose to do so.
In all publicly-available records, CSU does not include personally identifying information (it is either omitted or redacted).
Victims may also report confidentially to designated victim advocates and professional counselors who work for CSU.
- The Victim Assistance Team, through the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, provides confidential support and advocacy to Colorado State University students and any family or friends who have experienced sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking on or off campus, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call 970-492-4242. During regular university business hours, their offices are open to visit in person at 112 Student Services Building or in the satellite office in Room 234 of the Lory Student Center. For more information, visit http://www.wgac.colostate.edu/victim-assistance-team-volunteers. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides statistical information to the Colorado State University Police Department, but does not provide any personally identifiable information and maintains confidentiality with all clients.
- Confidential reports may also be made to pastoral and professional counselors, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, or graduate student staff in the CSU Health Network Counseling Services Office and these reports are considered confidential. CSU’s pastoral and professional counselors inform persons they are counseling of the institution’s policy as to maintaining confidentiality. While counselors are able to assist with reporting to law enforcement, no university policy requires counselors to encourage reporting to law enforcement. Counselors assist clients on a case-by-case basis and discuss options and resources as may be appropriate for each individual client.
The CSU Health Network Counseling Services office is located in the Health and Medical Center at the corner of College Ave. and Prospect Rd. Counseling Services may be reached during regular business hours by calling 970-491-6053. Emergency after-hours counselors are also available at 970-491-7111. These counselors do report crimes to the CSU Police Department for purposes of compiling statistics, but do not share information with CSUPD that could identify the victim.
The university will not publish the names or other identifying information such as addresses or ID numbers of victims of sexual or gender violence crimes in any public record unless required to do so by law. Confidentiality is maintained in daily crime and fire logs, timely warnings, and emergency notifications. CSU also will not publish any accommodation or protective measure provided to a victim unless such confidentiality impairs the effectiveness of the measure.