Message from UAPD Chief Gahagans

On behalf of the University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD), I’d like to welcome you to our campus community. Our department strives to make the university a safe and welcoming environment for each of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We are an accredited police department made up of campus security officers, patrol officers, a criminal investigations unit, K - 9 unit and support services – including community outreach and a communications center. Our team firmly believes that campus police are not just here to respond to critical incidents or enforce the law, as vital as those tasks are. Our officers also work hard to be visible and accessible so we can form connections with members of our community daily, ensure the well-being of our campus and help facilitate a sense of belonging for everyone at the U of A .

Additionally, our entire campus community plays a critical role in helping us make this campus the best possible place to live, attend class, go to work and visit. Thank you to everyone who works alongside us to promote security, report suspicious activity and simply treat each other with dignity and respect.

Once again, welcome to the University of Arkansas. You can always reach out to us by phone (479-575-2222 for non-emergencies) or feel free to chat with one of our officers when you see us on campus. We look forward to meeting you.

Stephen Gahagans
Chief, University of Arkansas Police Department