Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) police officers are trained to respond to emergency incidents on campus by using the principles and procedures of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  The NIMS is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that allows for a coordinated and integrated response to an emergency incident. 

When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, first responders to the scene are normally the H-SC Police Department, local fire departments, and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  They respond, assess the situation, and work together to manage the incident.  Depending on the nature of the incident, other H-SC personnel and other local, state, and federal agencies might be involved in responding to the incident.

If the emergency incident warrants additional resources and/or requires decisions to be made for the welfare of the campus community, the H-SC Incident Management Team (IMT) will be contacted and will meet.