Critical incidents are generally of an emergency nature that result from disasters both natural and man-made and civil disturbances. Disasters include floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, explosions, tornadoes, ice storms, chemical spills, etc. Civil disturbances include riots, disorders, and violence arising from gatherings of dissidents, marches, concerts, politics, sporting events and labor disputes. The University of Wisconsin–Madison Police Department shall have contingency plans in place for responding to natural disasters, human-made disasters, civil disturbances, bomb emergencies, hostage/barricaded persons situations, dignitary protection, and special events.
Incidents that require the UWPD near and on UW-Madison campus.
The following denotes the purpose of critical incident planning and designates responsibility:
The University Response Plan (U.R.P.) designates areas of responsibility and defines the framework necessary to respond to unexpected situations on campus. The U.R.P. is designed to enhance the management of incidents by establishing a single, comprehensive system for incident management. The U.R.P. is designed to help achieve greater cooperation among university departments and agencies at all levels of government. The incident command system is the foundation of the U.R.P. and should be used to manage all university-related emergency incidents that require immediate and/or significant police resources.
The Planning and Development Captain is tasked with planning the Department’s response to critical incidents and shall be the principle advisor to the Chief of Police during critical incidents.