Welcome Message from the Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety
Welcome to the Central Connecticut State University Police Department's Web site. Our Police Department at Central Connecticut State University is a fully sworn nationally accredited police agency, focused on ensuring health, safety and providing a stable work and learning environment for our campus community and visitors.
We are committed to the fundamental principles of community policing, such as crime prevention, omnipresence, and partnerships with the community we serve. We are continually striving to provide nothing but the best policing service to our community.
As you make your way through our website we hope that you find the information useful and relevant to your needs. As the Chief of Police, I would like to invite you to visit the police department during your time on campus.
We welcome any comments or suggestions that will assist our agency in improving our commitment to those we serve. Please don't hesitate to contact any member of the police department if you need additional information. We are here for you and together we can build bridges.
Chris Cervoni, Interim Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety
General Information and Introduction
Most parents today are concerned about the safety of their children when they are away from home. Likewise, those students who commute to our campus, our faculty, administrators and staff also want a safe and secure learning and working environment. Central Connecticut State University understands these concerns and is proud of its record in ensuring that people enjoy their time at CCSU as free as possible from threats to their safety and well-being.
The CCSU commitment to public safety is expressed in several ways:
Police Services: On-duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is a fully staffed, well equipped, and highly trained police department which is empowered to enforce all laws and regulations. This service is "customer" oriented and takes pride in its contributions to the quality of campus life.
Fire Protection: Central station-monitored alarm system combined with full time fire-safety personnel and adequate training is the front line defenses against fire.
Residence Life: A caring Residence Life Program with a live-in Director and Resident Assistants on each residence hall floor.
Facilities: Campus facilities planning incorporates the concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
Emergency telephones strategically located throughout the campus
Localized and centrally monitored access control systems
Closed circuit television (CCTV) in use at various public spaces on the campus.
Central station-monitored fire alarm system
Emergency Notification Systems
Policies: Tough policies restrict alcohol usage and prohibit illegal drug usage and the possession of weapons on our campus. A campus judicial system is in place to deal appropriately with behaviors proscribed by campus regulations.
Counseling Services: The availability of counseling, referral, and health services for students developing problems related to substance abuse or socialization.
Mission of the Police Department
To help ensure a safe, healthy, stable work and learning environment. To carry out the role in a collaborative and professional manner which respects and protects the rights of all individuals, through our commitment, service and integrity.
Increase crime clearance rates through diligence of effort.
Develop and maintain partnerships between the community in an effort to identify concerns and crime problems.
Incorporate intelligence-led policing analysis with our Service oriented and Community Policing philosophies.
Look for new and innovative ways to increase safety through Crime Prevention through Environmental Design methods.
Cultivate, enhance and nurture trustworthy relationships with the community we serve.
Create a campus culture that recognizes the importance of personal and community safety.
Develop strategies to recruit / retain employees, enhance employee satisfaction and staff development.
Service: Our commitment to a proactive, fair, and professional approach to all those we serve; the knowledge and experience we will share to help ensure a positive difference is made in our community.
Professionalism: We value professionalism through our clear sense of commitment, perspective and direction. Professionalism is developed by creating an environment that encourages teamwork, innovation and constant evaluation of ourselves. Our professional attitude is dedicated to quality, timeliness and excellence in our service to the community.
Integrity: Basing our decisions on what is legally and ethically right, safeguarding the legal rights, privileges, and dignity of all people through honesty and moral soundness.
Commitment: Exhibiting the spirit of determination and dedication that leads to professionalism and the achievement of excellence in every endeavor. Our unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in everything we do.
Loyalty: Allegiance, faithfulness.
Each of Connecticut's 4-year universities has its own police department accountable to the president of each university. Each of these police agencies is also empowered to act in the same capacity as municipal police departments and each maintains a well equipped and highly trained department that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The officers in these police departments have the same legal authority granted to police officers across the state pertaining arrest, search and seizure. For example, their authority with respect to minor crimes is generally limited to property owned or under the control of the University, while they may take police action anywhere within the state for serious crimes. Accordingly, the services of the campus police mirror those provided in any community and include:
Patrolling the University around the clock.
Responding to a full range of emergency and routine calls for service
Crime prevention/education activities
Investigation of crimes on campus
Enforcement of state criminal and motor vehicle laws, and campus regulations.
The staff of the University Police consists of approximately 30 people, 18 of which are sworn police officers. Full time and part time civilian employees, including students, provide support in such functions as administration, communications, security, parking enforcement and fleet management.
Selection and Training
All of our Police Officers are subject to the stringent requirements imposed upon
all police officers in Connecticut. To be selected, potential police officers must
pass a written examination, an oral interview, a background investigation that includes
a polygraph examination, psychological and drug screening, as well as a physical fitness
evaluation. Upon selection, recruits train with police recruits from municipalities
across the State at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. The approximately 17-week
basic training course is supplemented by several weeks of field training. Once certified,
officers must continue to undergo ongoing training in specified areas to maintain
their certification. Similarly, our Dispatchers must meet certification standards
through training in the skills of managing a communications center.
The University Police Department is currently located at 1500 East Street (29D on Campus Map), near the Rt 9 overpass/Ex 29 N, and is open 24 hours a day. The administrative services portion of the department is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.