UAPD patrol officers are charged with providing for the safety of all the students, faculty, staff and guests who attend class, work, live and visit our campus, and with the security of university buildings and property. We are proud of our professional police officers. Each of them received their certification from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. We believe that by working in partnership with the community we serve and by employing crime prevention and problem solving strategies we can achieve this critical mission.
Our officers routinely attend state and federal sponsored law enforcement training programs. Patrol officers respond to crimes in progress, traffic accidents, reports of suspicious activity and requests for assistance ranging from disabled motorists to persons locked out of their offices. Patrol officers conduct initial investigations of most crimes reported on campus and are often the first point of contact the campus community member has with University Police.
Officers are assigned to patrol specific areas on campus in marked patrol cars, bicycles, Segways and on foot. Officers also use covert and tactical patrol methods such as plain-clothes patrol and unmarked vehicles when required to address specific crime problems. We utilize some of the latest equipment to help us. For traffic control, we use tools such as RADAR to enforce speed limits on campus. Patrol officers conduct initial investigations, protect life, aid injured persons, secure and protect crime scenes. They identify suspects and make arrests, identify witnesses and document their observations, accurately complete and document all pertinent information regarding their investigations in a case or incident report.
Our fleet consists of marked police cruisers, a four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle, bicycles and Segways. Our cruisers are equipped with state and local radio systems and video technology. Officers also patrol on bicycles, Segway and foot. Shift Commanders are Sergeants assigned to each of the department's primary patrol shifts who are responsible for the general supervision and command of all department personnel assigned to their shift. They respond to incidents to supervise and guide the police officers under their command. The patrol unit is responsible for the bulk of police services rendered by the department.