Special Operations

Criminal Investigations

The UDPD Criminal Investigations Unit is primarily assigned cases and investigations related to felonious crimes and misdemeanors, along with administrative investigations not cleared through preliminary investigations. The CIU prepares cases for prosecution, conducts follow up investigations and is home to the department’s crime analysis division. Detectives regularly assist the uniformed patrol division with evidence collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence, and interviewing 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 Operations 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 politicians, 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.