Special Units

Criminal Investigations

The UDPD Criminal Investigations Unit is primarily assigned cases and investigations relative to felonious crimes and misdemeanors along with administrative investigations not cleared through preliminary investigations. CIU assists in preparing cases for prosecution, performs follow-up are campus. The CIU is also home to the department’s crime analysis on original cases along with assisting the uniformed patrol division in investigations including collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence, as well as interviewing of witnesses and suspects. Detectives of the CIU receive specialized training in case management, evidence collection techniques, crime scene investigation, forensic evidence processing, interview/interrogation techniques and criminal intelligence. They investigate most significant incidents that occur on the University of Delaware campus. Ever expanding, this unit utilizes statistical, demographic and geographic analysis of incident data to help direct patrol activities with the goals of crime prevention and effective enforcement.

Community Resource Unit

The Community Resource Unit focuses on community oriented policing initiatives that build positive relationships with the community. This includes proactive patrol, presenting community programs to the University and surrounding communities, and social media networking. The unit also assists other law enforcement agencies within the state with special initiatives. These special initiatives have involved working with Delaware State Police, the Governor’s Task Force, New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Teams, US Marshals Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force and Probation & Parole Safe Streets. The unit is often called upon to assist the Criminal Investigations Unit with surveillance and apprehensions of wanted subjects and other specialty assignments that the department needs to have completed outside of uniform patrol.

Security and Events Management

The Special Units Division provides many services including event security, escorts, building checks, etc. The UD Police Department covers numerous events throughout the year, including home football games, concerts, DUI checkpoints, and commencements. Officers are also tasked with providing security for VIP visitors such as the Vice President, state governors, high profile speakers and local celebrities. The department supports more than 450 events each year. Many of the events are large scale; however the department covers a number of small-scale events as well. A tremendous amount of personnel hours are used to cover these assignments. All members of the department that are assigned to work events are given specific instructions on the management of that event. The officers working these events are tasked with keeping the event safe and enjoyable for all that attend.

For information on how to request event security or special events send an email to specialevents@udel.edu.

Satellite Campus Operations (Wilmington/Lewes)

The UD Police Department maintains a Police presence on the Wilmington Campus and the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, with the Special Units Division Commander overseeing the uniformed security services division for those areas. The department currently employs one Constable and 5 Security Officers at the Lewes Campus and one Police Officer at the Wilmington Campus.

Constables are commissioned by the State of Delaware and have the same duties and powers as law enforcement officers. In addition to supervising the Security Officers, the Lewes Constable patrols, responds to calls for service, conducts investigations, makes arrests, completes incident reports, testifies in court hearings, assists outside law enforcement agencies, provides medical transports and executes active warrants. The Lewes Constable also enforces procedural rules and regulations, ensures the personal safety of staff, visitors and property and maintains security and safety for the southern campus.

In addition, the Lewes Constable plans and assesses needs for special events held on campus and consults regularly with the dean, facilities manager, Virden Center manager, local law enforcement officials and city officials to evaluate safety and security needs and procedures for Sharp Campus. The Wilmington campus serves a largely older adult student population through the Osher Lifelong Learning Program, as well as special events and conferences with attendance ranging from a handful to several hundred participants.