UD PAC (University of Delaware Police Advisory Council)
Serving the University of Delaware community, the purpose of the UD Police Advisory Council (UD PAC) is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to discuss issues impacting the UD community. The discussions are intended to be open, honest and engaging. The UD PAC acts in a proactive manner to:
- Discuss crime prevention programs with an emphasis on community oriented policing
- Discuss safety enhancing issues to improve campus climate
- Build trust to address community concerns related to the quality of life
- Collaborate to improve upon the delivery of police services to the UD community
- Provide advice to departments on policy, training, and other issues relating to or affecting the department and the communities served by the department.
Role of Individual Members
The UD PAC meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend. The role of individual UD PAC members is to represent their constituencies by providing input, which reflects the concerns, visions, and ideas of their portion of the community. UD PAC members will report back to their community with information on Council activities and gather input from the community to share with the UD PAC.
The UD Police Advisory Council meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend. The department will schedule at least two meetings per semester (Fall/Spring) during the academic school year. Special or additional meetings may be scheduled upon request by the Chief of Police.
The UD Police Advisory Council will act solely in an advisory capacity and will not be involved in University of Delaware Police Department decision making at any level. Civilian participants will have no input or discussion regarding specific employee personnel issues of the University of Delaware Police.
UD PAC Members are encouraged to participate in at least one ride-along with a University of Delaware Police officer on an annual basis.
Role of the Chief of Police
The Chief will lead the meetings and will primarily focus on listening to issues raised by the members. The Chief will be transparent when discussing police matters, to the extent permissible by law governing victim information, criminal justice records and data, and officer’s rights. The Chief may also suggest issues to be brought before the UD Police Advisory Council to seek public comment.
University of Delaware Police Department administration, criminal investigations and patrol division will provide support to the University of Delaware Police Advisory Council. The Chief’s Administrative Assistant will assist the Chief at meetings, acting as the Recording Secretary. In this capacity, the Recording Secretary will: Record the proceedings of meetings of the UD Police Advisory Council (i.e., agendas, minutes, etc.), Disseminate information, including minutes of meetings, to members of the UD Police Advisory Council, Maintain all records related to the UD Police Advisory Council and Provide general administrative support to the Chief and UD Police Advisory Council Members.
On a regular basis, UD PAC members and the Chief of Police may add items to the UD PAC agenda by emailing them to the coordinator. These items are included on the agenda of upcoming meetings and give the UD PAC the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues. Agenda items include areas of interest to the UD PAC, critical issues, and upcoming campus events. The UD PAC will meet twice during each of the fall and spring semesters, or the Chief may announce additional meetings based on a notable or controversial event involving the campus community.
UD Police Advisory Council Members –The UD Police Advisory Council membership should be comprised of a representative from each of the established groups:
- University Delaware Chief of Police
- University of Delaware Police Supervisor
- Undergraduate Student Government Association
- Graduate Student Government Association
- Black Student Union
- Resident Student Association
- Fraternity and Sorority Community
- Student Athlete Advisory Committee
- Religious leader from the community
- University of Delaware Victim Advocacy
- Member of the NAACP
- Member of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution
Members selected are expected to attend scheduled meetings, if after a period of several absences the designated staff support employee will contact the group to verify their continued desire in participation in the advisory council. Non-officer members shall be required, within 1 year of appointment, to complete 20 hours of community training with the departments overseen by the applicable board, which may include a ride-along or a citizen’s police academy.
2023/2024 meeting dates:
- Fall Semester November 8, 2023 6pm
- Spring Semester - TBD