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The University of Delaware Police Department is charged with providing a safe and secure environment for our campus community. All members of the University Police Department are committed to providing proactive, progressive and professional law enforcement services.
In addition to providing traditional police services on campus, department staff are trained to understand the pressures and needs of students, faculty and staff. The department’s mission is not only to enforce the law but also to educate students, faculty, staff and the visiting public as to how, in cooperation with the police, they can be better prepared to enhance their personal safety.
An integral part of the educational process, UD police officers are often called upon to speak on a variety of topics including: sexual assault, drugs, crime prevention, personal and traffic safety. Our officers strive to develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff in order to ensure the safety and cooperation of the entire campus community. Whatever the assignment, wherever the opportunity, University Police officers perform their duties in support of the educational mission of the University of Delaware.
The University of Delaware Police Patrol Division provides police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Patrol Division routinely patrols not only campus property, but also streets and areas surrounding or inlayed within the campus throughout the City of Newark. Patrols are conducted by vehicle, motorcycle, on foot and by bicycle, to be more approachable and available for the community. The primary functions of the Patrol Division are to provide a rapid response to in-progress incidents, document and investigate reports of criminal activity, and serve as a visual deterrent to crimes yet to occur.
When not responding to calls from the community, officers engage in pro-active policing. This may include high visibility patrols in areas of concern, casual and positive interaction with members of the community, or enforcement of traffic and public order laws.
The Patrol Division is composed of 4 squads of officers, each led by a sergeant. Each squad works a rotating shift, allowing officers a chance to experience all facets of policing. Officers are designated a specific area or sector as their primary area of responsibility, enabling them to learn their specific sub-communities and interact with the public. Officers in the Patrol Division are often part of other specialized units, such as CIRT or the Honor Guard, and have the opportunity to make a difference in their community based on their individual strengths.
The University of Delaware has Police/K-9 teams that have received national certification from the National Police Canine Association. The K-9s are trained in explosive detection, as well as building and area searches. The University of Delaware K-9 unit officers patrol campus in high-visibility patrol and targeted enforcement. The K-9 teams are also used for building searches prior to high profile events such as football games and dignitary visits. The K-9 teams also regularly assist other police agencies.
Motorcycle and Bicycle Patrol
Motorcycle and Bicycle patrol increases the capabilities of patrol using non-traditional patrolling of the campus community. Motor and bike officers are highly mobile and capable of responding to and patrolling areas not accessible by vehicle. Motor and bike officers trained and certified in operating police mountain bikes and electric Zero motorcycles.
The University of Delaware Critical Incident Response Team provides the department and the community with tactical responses to critical incidents, including hostage incidents, armed barricaded subjects, high risk warrant service, high risk vehicle stops, civil disturbances and any crisis situation or operation deemed appropriate by the command staff.
CIRT is a lifesaving tool that provides the department with capabilities beyond the training and experience of a normal patrol officer. Through a rigorous selection process, intensive training and state of the art equipment, CIRT officers are prepared to work under the most hazardous conditions and in the most stressful situations.
CIRT conducts regularly scheduled training sessions to maintain proficiency with firearms, tactical method and operational decision making. Training includes modules on hostage rescue, critical incident management and specialized skill sets. Each member completes both basic and advanced tactical training, that focuses on critical incident management, terrorism related training, and active shooter response. In addition to providing guidance and leadership during critical incidents, the members of CIRT are responsible for providing advanced training to all members of the Department.
The University of Delaware Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) consists of police officers who have received specialized training focused on communicating with people who are in crisis, such as hostage situations, barricaded subjects, and people suffering from a mental health crisis. The goal of the Crisis Negotiations Team is to safely deescalate incidents involving persons in crisis through effective communication and negotiation with the intent of gaining non-violent, voluntary compliance.
CNT conducts regularly scheduled training sessions to maintain proficient communication and de-escalation skills. This training includes scenarios-based exercises with CIRT and the 911 dispatchers. CNT officers receive initial basic negotiations training and maintain their proficiency by training as a team every month. CNT also works and trains with other Delaware agencies, including Newark Police, New Castle County Police, and Delaware State Police.