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Annex G: Law Enforcement

ANNEX G: LAW ENFORCEMENT

The purpose of this annex is to define the organization, operational concepts, responsibilities, and procedures to effectively perform emergency law enforcement requirements. This annex is applicable to all LSCS departments, and external agencies, organizations, and personnel assigned law enforcement functional responsibilities. These responsibilities include the protection of life and property, enforcement of criminal laws, and coordination of or assistance in the movement of people and resources in and around the affected area.

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS

The LSCS Police Department (LSCS PD) has the primary responsibility for enforcing laws and protecting lives and property during emergencies at a LSCS property, whether owned, leased or managed. Local law enforcement resources that will augment LSCS PD during emergencies include:

a)      The City of Houston Police Department

b)      The Sheriff’s Offices of Harris, Montgomery and San Jacinto Counties and their reserves.

c)      The Constables of Harris, Montgomery and San Jacinto Counties, who shall, when requested by LSCS PD or the local Sheriff.

Many of the tasks required of law enforcement during emergency operations are simply an expansion of normal daily responsibilities. During severe emergencies, the scope and priorities of police service may shift, drawing upon less vital components in an effort to supplement the primary mission of protection of life and property. Such emergencies may require law enforcement to undertake a number of tasks not typically performed on a daily basis, including protection of LSCS facilities, enforcing campus closures or other restrictions controlling access to LSCS facilities or damaged areas.

The LSCS PD has the lead role in consequence management and will coordinate its’ effort with other local, state, and federal agencies, as appropriate. The Office of the President, Vice President of Student Services or the Chancellor will typically play a significant supporting role in the conduct of consequence management activities.

REFERENCES

• LSCS Basic Plan

• Internal Departmental Policies

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