Services

 
Police Patrol Unit
 
Special Event Management
 
Community Policing
 
Communication and Records Unit    
 
Student Community Service Officer Program (CSO)     
 
Police Administration
  
Investigations Unit
 
Crime Prevention Programming
 
SafeWalk
  
 

Police Patrol Unit

  • Our police patrol unit operates 24 hours a day. There are never fewer than two police officers on duty on campus at any given time. Officers respond to emergencies, investigate crimes and write official police reports for incidents (criminal and non-criminal) that occur on campus among other service-focused duties.

  • Through our partnership (jurisdictional agreement) with the City of Edmond, UCO police enforce city ordinances and take appropriate enforcement action with it is appropriate to do so. Most traffic enforcement activities are handled via the City of Edmond Municipal Court, or in some cases through Oklahoma County District Court. UCO police enforce traffic laws on campus property and on city streets as defined by the current jurisdictional agreement with the city.

  • In addition to enforcing local, state and federal laws and regulations, police officers are also authorized to enforce rules of conduct articulated in the Code of Student Conduct as prepared by the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Police officers can be identified by their blue uniform, with UCO logoed police patch on each sleeve and our badge which includes the image of "Old North," our oldest campus building and landmark. Officers assigned to bike patrol may wear a modified uniform shirt and shorts, but will have their badge in plain view. Plain-clothes officers, including administrative and investigative staff always carry their approved handgun, which may be carried in plain view while on campus or concealed with their issued badge. Each officer has an official badge number assigned to them. Uniformed officers also wear a cloth or metal name plate with their last name. Uniformed supervisors (sergeants, lieutenants, assistant chief and chief) can be identified by the appropriate collar insignia. Non-supervisors do not wear collar insignia.

  • Police officers do not routinely issue parking tickets on campus. Parking enforcement is managed by the Transportation and Parking Services unit located on the 3rd floor of the Nigh University Center. These units do coordinate with each other on daily operations and special events. If you receive a parking ticket and want to inquire about it or appeal it, or want to request a one-day parking pass we encourage you to contact Transportation and Parking Services directly during regular business hours as our police and communication staff do not have authority to waive tickets or issue parking passes.

  • Our police staff persons have a service-focused mission - preventing crimes from occurring, investigating those crimes that are reported, responding to emergencies and providing routine services which are essential to the educational operations of our campus. If you have questions or complaints about our services you are encouraged to contact Assistant Chief Ted Jones as listed in our contact information.

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Communication and Records Unit

  • Our communication center is open 24 hours a day year round. Our communications specialists operate police communication radio equipment, monitor campus alarm systems, operate our Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System terminal as well as our internal records systems. Our service window is open at all times to assist students, faculty, staff and visitors.

  • Access Control is charged with managing our key and lock systems on campus. They partner with Police Services to issue and collect keys from authorized key holders. If you are new to campus and are authorized to have a key you will be directed to pick it up at Police Services from the communications center. Departing employees or others needing to turn in keys may also do so at this location. This partnership allows for this activity to occur at any time making it more accessible to those that cannot be on campus during business hours.

  • Control of our campus interior is made possible by numerous control gates. We restrict vehicle access to our interior campus sidewalks to only those that have a legitimate and lawful need. When you approach a parking gate desiring access, follow the instructions on the panel and it will connect you to our communication center where you can request permission to access the sidewalk network in a vehicle.

  • Communications and Records also manage our police records system. They maintain a daily activity log in compliance with state and federal law and can provide copies of publicly available police reports as well as access to our Sex and Violent Offender database. Our practice is to have public police reports available within 48 business hours after the day in which the report was written. We provide copies of reports to victims who request it for no charge. Others seeking reports or asking for large numbers of reports may be charged for this service. Insurance companies and others seeking copies of traffic collision reports may do so in person or via mail. Our police records and other publicly available information are available at our headquarters 24 hours a day.

  • Our Communication and Records Unit is comprised on one supervisor and five Communication Specialists. The supervisor reports to the Lieutenant in charge of administrative activities.

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Investigations Unit

Detectives of the UCO Police Services Criminal Investigation Division are on call 24 hours a day. The Detectives assigned to the Investigation Division are trained in a number of areas including but not limited to:

  • Technical Investigations

  • Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs

  • Criminal Investigations

  • Crime Scene Reconstruction

  • Suicide Investigations

  • Computer Forensics

  • Fraud and White-Collar Crimes

In addition to training, UCO patrol officers and detectives have the latest investigative equipment and resources to complete their duties and serve the university community.

All crimes reported on campus property are investigated and criminal charges filed with the assistance of the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office or the City of Edmond City Attorney's Office, or the United States Attorney's Office if the investigation reveals enough evidence to pursue prosecution.

Law Enforcement Liaison:
Detectives are in contact with other law enforcement agencies on a continuous basis. Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Homeland Security (Federal and State), Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, the City of Edmond Police Department and other agencies is an important part of our investigation operations.

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Special Event Management

  • Special events are common on college campuses and UCO is no different. As the only university in the nation that is an approved U.S. Olympic training site we also host events such as the July 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships. UCO's Wantland Stadium serves the UCO football team but also is home to all three of Edmond's class 6A high school football programs. We also are the home base for July 4th celebrations coordinated by Edmond's LibertyFest committee. One of the state's largest annual parades forms, starts and ends on campus and the evening fireworks and associated events occur on campus. Throughout the year we also host concerts and other artistic events as well as conferences and an endless list of activities in our Nigh University Center and other facilities. Making sure these events occur safely is our primary goal. We partner with Edmond Police, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office and others as may be appropriate to help make sure event is safe. If you are planning to hold an event on our campus we ask that you contact us very early in the planning stages so we can work with you to establish a security presence that is reasonable and appropriate for your particular event.

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Student Community Service Officer Program (CSO)

  • In addition to our full-time police staff, UCO Police Services also employs part-time students who work in number of security-related capacities on campus. One of their primary activities is our Campus SafeWalk program (described below). They also assist with facility security, special events and other activities. If you are a student seeking employment on campus and are interested in this type of opportunity we encourage you to go the UCO Employment Services web site to see if there are openings. You can also call Police Services directly for information if you desire. Student CSO's work in a uniformed capacity, but are unarmed. They can be identified by their yellow shirt with appropriate departmental logo and name.

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Crime Prevention Programming

  • Our philosophy and mission are focused on prevention of crime. Each crime prevented is important to us. We do this through regular vehicle, bicycle and foot patrols on campus, but more importantly, we work to prevent crime through educational efforts.

  • Police Services and Emergency Management are partnered with other campus offices to provide relevant and meaningful programs and presentations to students, faculty, staff and others. We can custom-tailor a program to meet your group's needs. Topics include but are not limited to alcohol education, sexual assault prevention and response, property-theft prevention, identify theft prevention and any other topic that is within our resources to provide. For more information or to request a program please contact Assistant Chief Ted Jones or any other police staff person by calling 405-974-2345 or stop by our offices during regular business hours.

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Community Policing

  • Community policing is a philosophy that is founded on a partnership between the police and the community they serve. While many municipal police agencies have adopted community policing, most campus police departments, including UCO, have operated under a philosophy founded on community policing for many decades.

  • The most important element in the partnership is accessibility by the community to police officers to discuss problems before they emerge so that remedies can be identified and implemented. To do this our police staff work as visibly as possible on foot and on bicycle patrol to help stimulate contact and conversation. Taking this a step further, we have divided our campus into six operations zone or "beats" and have assigned on police officer responsibility as a primary non-emergency contact in these areas. The Annual Security Report available on the UCO web site includes a map of these police beats and contact information for the each officer assigned. These officers proactively spend time in their beats on foot and on bike contacting students, faculty and staff to help keep our campus safe and secure.

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Police Administration

  • Police Services command staff include the chief of police, assistant chief and lieutenant. They are responsible for budget management, policy and procedure, compliance and a number of other duties. Their current contact information is listed in the Contact Us section of our web site. We encourage you to call upon us if you have questions or concerns about our operations.

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SafeWalk

UCO Police Services operates a service for the university community called SafeWalk.  This service is aimed at making people feel comfortable moving to their cars or between buildings on campus by requesting an employee from Police Services to walk with them.   Most students, faculty and staff feel comfortable walking on campus, but on occasion, concerns may develop based on individual schedules and locations that must be navigated.  This service is intended to help you alleviate those concerns by simply making a phone call and waiting for someone to arrive to assist you.

SafeWalk phones have been installed in most academic buildings that require only the push of a button to connect to the Police Services communication center.  A request can also be made in person at the Police Services building, or from any phone by calling 405-974-2345.  We just need to know your name and current location and where you want to go.

The SafeWalk system can also be used to report suspicious activity, or to request assistance for any reason.  If using the SafeWalk phones in an academic building, the user will hear what sounds like a telephone ringing, and then the Police dispatcher will answer, "UCO Police, how may I help you?" At this point all you have to do is answer the dispatcher's questions, and follow their directions.  If you are not able to respond, try and stay at the box.  When Police Services receives a call, but gets no response, "Caller ID" tells us where the call came from and we will dispatch an officer to do a welfare check on that area.

During the evening hours in the fall and spring semesters, this service is provided by uniformed student employees of Police Services.  They usually operate on golf carts and can transport you to your car or across campus.  This is not a transportation service, it is a service intended to make people feel comfortable on campus.  During times when a student employee is not available, a uniformed police officer will provide the service.  Users are asked to understand that we cannot offer this service outside our campus borders, but we will take you as far as a campus boundary and visually observe you for as long as it is possible.  We also ask that you be patient and be prepared to remain at your starting location until a staff person can arrive.  We have to constantly balance campus service needs and will respond as quickly as we can unless there is an emergency elsewhere on campus.  If you have questions about SafeWalk please contact Police Services.

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