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The Fort Hays State University Police Department
(UPD) provides primary police protection services to the University
campus, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, FHSU Foundation property,
University Farm, the Pavilion, parking lots and residence halls
24 hours/day, 365 days/year and employs nine full-time, armed, state-certified
police officers and one unarmed security officer.
FHSU police officers are commissioned by the State of Kansas under
K.S.A. 76-726 and have the same law enforcement authority and responsibilities
as local police and sheriff deputies. UPD has primary jurisdiction over
all property owned or controlled by Fort Hays State University, concurrent
jurisdiction within the City of Hays and all UPD officers carry an Ellis County Sheriff Deputy commission.
UPD officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services,
including criminal investigations, enforcement of criminal statutes
and city ordinances, collection of data for the required statistical
crime reports, motor vehicle accident investigations, civil commitments
for person(s) in need of care, traffic and parking enforcement, emergency
management, enforcement of FHSU Rules and Regulations and the security
of the University's physical assets. UPD refers statutory violations
for judicial oversight and prosecution to Municipal, District and Federal
If you are the victim of any crime or if you witness a crime, call
9-1-1 to reach police assistance, emergency medical treatment or fire
response. For non-emergencies, the University Police can be contacted
at 628-5304 during normal operating hours. After hours or on weekends,
contact the Hays Police Department Dispatch Center, which dispatches
for the University Police Department at 625-1011. Additionally, there
are seven kiosk phones located throughout campus that connect to dispatch.
The University Police Department is located at Custer Hall, in the
Center of Public Safety, Room 112, 420 Custer Drive.
The University Police Department works in concert with Local, State
and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to provide protective services,
public safety and enforcement related duties. There are six written
memoranda of agreements between various agencies which provide a general
of the following topics:
Following is a summary of those agreements between Fort Hays State University
and/or the University Police Department and various outside agencies.
Section 6 defines the authority of the University Police Department as it relates to the Annexation Agreement. Specifically, it states "The University will continue to maintain its autonomous police force with the authority, powers, and jurisdiction as statutorily authorized in K.S.A. 76-726 et. seq. The University and City police will continue to cooperate and to provide assistance to each other whenever possible and appropriate." Section 7 defines the authority of the University for parking regulations and enforcement. Specifically, it states "The regulation of parking on University property shall remain under the control of the Kansas Board of Regents pursuant to K.S.A. 74-3209 et. seq. or successor statutes, or the policies or regulations promulgated by the Kansas Board of Regents or University. The University's Police Force will continue enforcement of traffic and parking violations on the University campus. Parking violations will be enforced and adjudged through the University system as authorized by K.S.A. 74-3210a et. seq. or successor statutes, or policies or regulations promulgated by the Kansas Board of Regents or University."Section 12 generalizes Emergency Management and Cooperation between FHSU and the City of Hays. Specifically, it states "The City and University pledge to work together in emergency management of natural or man-made emergencies and pledge to continue to work together to both prevent and alleviate disasters and emergencies."The UPD represents FHSU as a participating member of the Ellis County Communications Group, Ellis County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Ellis County Emergency Operations Center.Fort Hays State University does not maintain an autonomous fire department and is reliant upon the City of Hays Fire Department to provide those services as outlined within the annexation agreement between FHSU and the City of Hays. In Section 2, it specifically states "The City shall provide fire protection to the University free of charge consistent with and as provided to other entities within the City. The University shall maintain its active efforts to prevent false alarms."
This agreement gives concurrent enforcement authority to FHSU Police Department within the city limits of Hays and is considered a request for assistance by the City, pursuant to K.S.A. 22-2401a. This agreement does not alter, diminish, or increase the jurisdiction or responsibility of the City or FHSU, and their police departments, but eliminates the necessity of having a specific prior request for assistance from the FHSU Police Department to respond to calls in areas populated predominately by students and university personnel in any area within the city limits of the City of Hays, Kansas.
Establishes and agreement between the FHSU Police Department, Ellis County Attorney's Office, Ellis County Sheriff's Department and the Hays Police Department. Resulted in the formation of a joint investigative crime unit for the purposes of investigating technology-related crimes within Ellis County.
The purpose of this MOU is to maximize interagency cooperation, formalize relationships between member agencies and investigate suspects who utilize the Internet to seek, harm or exploit children as sexual partners and/or traffic in child pornography. The Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force includes investigators and supervisors from various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who provide assistance both locally and in various jurisdictions, subject to availability.
Written agreement designating Gross Memorial Coliseum (GMC) as a mass care shelter for Ellis County. This requires a request by Red Cross, in consultation with the Ellis County Emergency Management office and the University Police Department, to provide physical facilities to support the American Red Cross disaster relief. The shelter will be staffed & closed by Red Cross during the duration of the disaster event. GMC is generally used for sheltering during inclement weather, such as blizzards when the highways are closed and all motels are at capacity.
Defines the process to be used by USD #489 and Fort Hays State University in the event of a crisis incident requiring the emergency evacuation of schools to FHSU's Gross Memorial Coliseum for student sheltering operations. The Superintendent of Schools or designee is authorized to order evacuation to FHSU when no other options are available for sheltering, after notification to the University Police Chief or designee. USD #489 is responsible for the transportation & supervision of students. FHSU is responsible for directing USD #489 to appropriate entrances and will unlock doors and provide lighting, heating and restrooms for the duration of the evacuation. All agencies agree to work cooperatively in order to safeguard USD #489 students in the event of a major crisis event.
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