The Patrol Division is the largest division within the police department. Its purpose is to provide the highest level of security and public safety assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whether our officers are in their patrol vehicle or on motorcycle, bicycle, or foot; they perform a wide variety of services. These services include, but are not limited to, responding to calls for service, writing reports, conducting preliminary investigations, checking the security of university property and providing traffic enforcement and crowd control during special events. In fact, during every University of Florida home football game, the population size of our jurisdiction can easily exceed 100,000 people. Additionally, members of the Patrol Division responded to 83,166 calls for service during 2017, with 2,128 reports generated.

Headed by an Associate Director with the rank of Deputy Chief, there are a total of 65 sworn officers assigned to this division; including one Major, six Lieutenants and nine Sergeants. All members of the Patrol Division are equipped with the latest in law enforcement equipment and, as with all of our sworn officers, are required to complete annual mandatory training established through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and/or our own departmental directives.

We hope that you have the time available to view the information pertaining to the various programs and activities conducted by the members of the Patrol Division. We will continue to expand our sources of information as they become available so please be sure to check back often.

If you wish to contact the Patrol Division, please feel free to come by, or call the Front Desk (352) 392-5447 between 6:30 AM and 10:30 PM any day of the week. If you wish to contact us after those hours, please call (352) 392-1111.  We are located at the corner of Museum Road and Newell Drive at 1525 Museum Road.  You can also write to us at: 

The University of Florida Police Department 
ATTN: Patrol Division Commander, Major Bart Knowles
1555 Museum Road
P.O. Box 112150
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150

Bicycle Unit

An integral part of the University of Florida Police Department’s Patrol Division are those officers trained and equipped to function as a Bicycle Officer. The Bicycle Officers are equipped with bicycles that are specially designed for continuous high stress use and training purposes. Those designated as a Bicycle Officer participate in all aspects of basic Patrol Division functions.

All Bicycle Officers receive training in an intense 40-hour law enforcement mountain bike training course. The course teaches officers bicycle laws, bicycle maintenance, health and nutrition, basic riding skills, tactical riding skills, and firearms training. The University of Florida Police Department teaches this course to qualified officers that request to be in the team, but also offers the course to all local law enforcement and emergency medical teams. In the past 10 years, over 200 officers have successfully completed the UFPD bike school.

The use of Bicycle Officers has proven to be a very effective law enforcement approach when dealing with the extremely crowded conditions found on campus today. The Bicycle Officers can navigate the congested areas of campus and can respond to emergency calls for service much faster and efficiently than those in automobiles. Bicycle Officers can also travel in areas where a patrol car would be unsafe or impractical to use.

Each Bicycle Officer is very visible while patrolling campus and provide important safety information, while at the same time they can enforce traffic laws pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians. Bicycle Officers also assist in traffic control and are active in the community by participating in parades, shows, and educational programs.

If you would like more information about the UFPD Bicycle Unit, please contact Major Brad Barber at (352)273-3309, or email at wbarber@ufl.edu.

Communications

The University of Florida Police Department Communications Division is critical to the efficient functioning of UFPD.  The Communications Division is staffed by Police Communications Operators (PCO) that are certified by the State of Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. All PCO’s are cross-trained as call-takers and dispatchers responsible for supporting, mobilizing and managing law enforcement and other public safety resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call-takers primary responsibilities are answering and screening law, fire, medical or other emergency calls for services, recording essential information into a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system and transmitting information to a dispatcher.

Dispatchers primary responsibilities are to assign first responders to reported calls for service disseminating pertinent information and instructions to the closest resources.

Additionally, the Communications Division monitors all fire and security alarms, as well as emergency blue phones.

Law enforcement resources are tracked and managed by utilizing an 800 megahertz trunked radio system to communicate with members of the department and other local law enforcement agencies.

The Communications Division answered 55,654 telephone calls that resulted in 27,409 calls for active service during the fiscal year 2014-2015 and processed 87,497 Florida and national crime information inquiries during this same time period.

 

If you have any further questions about the UFPD Communications Division, please contact Patricia Ford-Thomas, Communications Manager Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, at (352) 392-6995 or email at pfordthomas@ufl.edu

K-9 Unit

The University of Florida Police Department utilizes explosive detection K-9 teams in response to the need for increased security precautions at many of the special events that take place on the university campus. These K-9 teams are also available to assist local law enforcement in bomb detection operations as requested.

The University of Florida has four K-9 teams, consisting of:

  • Officer Sam Sexton and his German Shepherd “Rocky”
  • Officer Dale Holmes and his Black Labrador Retriever “Boomer”
  • Officer Kenneth Motes and his Yellow Labrador Retriever "Viper"
  • Officer Ricky Morgan and his Yellow Labrador Retriever “Apollo”

All UFPD K-9 teams have been specifically trained and certified in the search and detection of explosive devices.

If you would like more information about the UFPD K-9 Unit, please contact Major Brad Barber at (352)273-3309, or email at wbarber@ufl.edu.

 Group picture of the UFPD K9s and their officers

 

Picture of two K9s and their officers at the football stadium

Picture of K9 Boomer at a lacrosse game

Motorcycle Unit

The University of Florida Police Department currently operates five Harley Davidson motorcycles that are used throughout the various patrol shifts as necessary for specialized enforcement and/or duty. Each motorcycle is equipped with emergency lights, siren, specialized communications equipment, and is clearly marked with the department’s seal and police markings.

Picture of motorcycle officer during the 2017 Homecoming Parade

Each Motorcycle Officer has successfully completed an eighty (80) hour Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) motorcycle operators course. All Motorcycle Officers must also possess a valid motorcycle endorsement on their driver license as required by state law.

The Motorcycle Officers perform many functions for the department and the university community to include, but not limited to traffic enforcement in high traffic areas in and around campus. The Motorcycle Officers also provide specialized functions, including escorts of dignitaries around campus. On the University of Florida home football game weekends, the Motorcycle Officers provide escorts and security for the team and band buses in addition to providing escorts for campus shuttles and handicap buses.

Should you have any questions about the Motorcycle Officers, please contact Major Brad Barber at (352)273-3309, or email at wbarber@ufl.edu.

Reserve Officer Program

The University of Florida Police Department, located at the intersection of Museum Road and Newell Drive, provides service to the university community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The police department is an integral part of the university’s dedication to developing and maintaining a safe and secure campus environment through the cooperative efforts of many university departments and community organizations.

An important part of the complete success of the police department includes the part-time officers that provide the same quality service to the university community as full-time officers. In 1988, our department initiated the Reserve Officer Program to afford interested individuals an opportunity to participate in campus law enforcement operations. Reserve officers assist full-time officers with crowd and traffic control, work details at campus special events, and assist full-time officers in their regular patrol duties. The police department is dedicated to providing our Reserve Officers with professional training and practical law enforcement experience.

All Reserve Officer applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration in this elite Reserve Officer program. You must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 19 years of age, and possess a valid driver’s license maintaining a good driving record. Applicants must also have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must have completed the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) requirements necessary for officer certification. Reserve Officer applicants are strongly recommended to have close ties to the University and its community. All applicants are subject to pass a background investigation, an oral review, a voice stress analysis test, a drug screen, and a medical examination.

All Reserve Officers receive hands-on training by attending a highly structured training program designed to provide the officer with practical experience in the working environment. Reserve Officers also receive required quality training in human diversity, domestic violence issues, medical first responder, community services, high-risk driving, firearms, and defensive tactics. Reserve Officers with the University Police Department receive high quality training and education regarding various aspects of the criminal justice system. A large percentage of Reserve Officers have transitioned into a full-time position after gaining experience in the reserve program.

If you are interested in gaining experience in a part-time capacity at a state and nationally accredited law enforcement agency, contact Lt. Alton McDilda with the University of Florida Police Department by calling (352)273-3314. You can also write or stop by the University of Florida Police Department located at Building 51, Museum Road, PO Box 112150, Gainesville, FL., 32611-2150.

Student Community Oriented Police Effort

Picture of the S.C.O.P.E. logo

The Mission of the University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) is to provide protection and service to the University community. The UFPD is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order, and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.

With community service as the foundation, the UFPD is driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security through programs reflecting the needs and desires of the community. The UFPD nurtures public trust by holding itself to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

 

The goals of the S.C.O.P.E. program are:

  • To create a crime prevention partnership between the University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education, resident students, and the UFPD.
  • Increase the visibility of the UFPD members throughout the various housing locations.
  • To inform the Housing Personnel and Resident Students of variables influencing the level of crime on campus and recommend crime prevention methods to lower the level of crime in an area.
  • To enhance the level of communication between the Housing Personnel, Resident Students, and the UFPD. Thereby increasing the level of trust and understanding of one another.

For more information about your SCOPE Officer, please review the SCOPE Bulletin Board posted within your residence hall or Graduate and Family Housing common area.

SCOPE training outdoors

Health Science Center Security

Staffed by Police Service Technicians (PST’s), security is provided to the Health Science Center (HSC) complex 24 hours daily, every day of the year.

In addition, a shift officer is assigned to this area 24 hours daily to provide a more immediate response to crimes and emergencies.

The PST’s provide security both inside and outside the complex, not including the interior of Shands Hospital. The PST’s also perform vehicle patrols of the parking lots, garages and exterior grounds of the complex and related buildings from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am daily.

PST’s are available to provide walking and vehicle escorts for staff and students from the Health Science Center to their vehicles at night. Please contact UFPD Dispatch at 352-392-1111 to request an escort.

The PST’s at the HSC are responsible for securing the facility, providing escorts and general assistance to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Shands Hospital and the HSC.  The PST’s also assist with UFPD community outreach programs such as bicycle registration and bicycle safety events, as well as, Coffee with a Cop.