History

U-Police-4-resizedMore than enforcement, the police department offers safety escorts, self-defense classes for women, bike registrations, fingerprinting services, background checks, as well as information for help with domestic violence, suicide support and details about general safety on campus.

In January 1948 the police department began as a small security office with limited authority. The officers walked a beat, registered vehicles on campus and provided traffic control. Security vehicles at that time consisted of one three-wheeled motorcycle, a used Army Jeep and hand-me-downs from other departments on campus. Traffic accidents, arrests, serious problems and criminal investigations were handled by local police agencies.

With the construction of the hospital, completion of more campus buildings and increased traffic it was apparent the department would need to be restructured to meet the needs of the university community. It was decided in July 1965 to formalize a fully operating police department, which now includes 32 sworn officers, 70 security officers and 11 dispatchers.