In 1989, Cindee Battle joined a team of five campus police technicians (dispatchers) at the then Health Sciences Center on 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Dispatch was located in a multipurpose room with one computer, one radio, one telephone and a camera system that recorded on VCR tapes.
When the campus move to Aurora began, the Police Department had to maintain two dispatch centers — one for each campus. Battle was promoted to Dispatch Center manager to oversee merging the two dispatch centers until the closure of the 9th Avenue campus.
Based on a nomination from Police Chief Doug Abraham, the Rotary Club of Aurora last week honored Battle for her service as a first responder. The award was presented by Abraham and Rotary President Steve Snyder.
Now the Emergency Communications and Records Division manager for the Anschutz Medical Campus, Battle has developed a Records Section and implemented purging standards that never existed. She became a member of the Colorado Certified Records Network (CCRN) and is active in the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
“She has built such a positive environment for her division that the average tenure of her staff is ten years. She is committed to providing the best work environment through creative and balanced schedules and ensuring that employees are valued and appreciated for their commitment to public service,” said Abraham.
Today, the CU Denver Emergency Communication Center has grown to include six radios including Aurora and Denver Police, Aurora Fire, University of Colorado Hospital security, Children’s Hospital Colorado security and the department channels including a campus 911 phone system with ten incoming lines. The dispatch teams also monitors more than 200 cameras and a security system with more than 1,000 alarm points to protect facilities as well as the biological, chemical and radiological research areas on campus.
“Cindee has been ‘the one’ who has made all of this happen ensuring the CU Denver Police Department Emergency Communication Center personnel are trained and prepared to respond to the needs of the 23,000 faculty, staff, students and visitors that are at the campus every week day,” said Abraham. “This was no small task and the growth continues today. Cindee has been the key to the success of this transition.”
“I was humbled to be in a group of so many true heroes,” said Battle. “I share my award with those past and present who have made it all possible for me and my division to grow and be successful at what we do. It was an awesome day to spend with my family, coworkers and Chief Abraham.”