With the Indianapolis Colts offseason training camp less than three weeks away, local law enforcement officials have finalized security measures for last year’s Super Bowl runner-ups. According to Anderson Chief of Police Darron Sparks, the police department embarked on a series of meetings aimed at designing an effective security plan almost immediately after the announcement the Colts would return to Anderson University.
“We have been actively involved in talks with Colts Director of Football Operations Steve Champlin, their director of security, Rick Benton, and Anderson University’s Director of Campus Police and Security, Walt Smith,” said Sparks. “We are confident the comprehensive security plan we have crafted will create a fan friendly atmosphere, while also providing the safety and security the Indianapolis Colts players and staff deserve,” Sparks continued. The plan also includes actions aimed at providing the safest possible venue for the thousands of fans expected to visit the city as well. The security action plan is the product of a collusion involving Anderson Police, Anderson University Police, and Colts security that promises round-the-clock security for the American Football Conference champions. For obvious reasons, the details of the plan will not be released to the public.
The patrols will be manned by a collection of Anderson Police Department and Anderson University Security Officers. Like most successful security ventures,” suggests Chief Sparks, “We will be highly visible and quick to respond to ensure the safety of fans and players alike.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.