What can I expect when I call UFPD?
Briefly state the reason you called. A call-taker answers and obtains information regarding the emergency and quickly enters and transmits the information into a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system. A dispatcher immediately reads and disseminates information to first responders as the call-taker continues to obtain additional information. Examples of brief nature of incidents are:
“I hear shots fired.”
“I see a man with a gun.”
“I’m involved in a vehicle accident.”
“A building is on fire.”
“Someone is at my window.”
How can I help if I am reporting an actual emergency?
For the most expedient response, it is critical to know the address of the emergency. If the address, building name or number is unknown, know the cross streets or as much information about the location as possible.
Why is it necessary to answer so many questions from the Dispatcher?
The University of Florida Police Department appreciates and relies on conscientious members to report crimes in progress or just occurred, medical emergencies, suspicious persons, activities and behaviors. The Communications personnel are trained to ask specific, pertinent questions to quickly enter and disseminate useful information to ensure the safety of first responders and campus community. It’s important to note answering call-taker’s questions doesn’t impede law enforcement response. Answer questions to the best of your ability.
If the situation is dangerous, should I hang up the phone or remain on the line to answer more questions?
If you are calling from a safe location, be prepared to remain on the telephone to answer questions that provide first responders detailed information relevant to others safety and theirs such as weapon(s) involved, name(s), race, sex, age, height, weight, identifying scars, clothing description, vehicle description (color, make, model, license plate), direction of travel, mode of travel, and time lapse of person(s) involved. This information is critical and increase law enforcement chances of apprehending perpetrators. Follow the call-taker’s instructions and don’t hesitate to clarify ambiguous information.
I lost something on campus, how do I contact lost and found?
Most buildings on campus, Residence Halls, and Villages have a lost and found, so please check with the Office/Desk for that Housing Area or building first. After a certain time, most Offices or Desks will transfer their lost property to us if it has not been claimed.
If you've lost something at a sporting event, visit www.FloridaGators.com/lostandfound and submit a form with your contact information and description of the lost item. UAA staff members will monitor submissions and contact you if we’ve received your item. Lost items can be picked up at the Ticket Office window at Gate 1 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm EST.
Below is a list of some additional places on campus that have lost and found:
How do I get a copy of a report?
The University of Florida Police Department Records Unit is responsible for compiling, maintaining and disseminating information from department records regarding both incident and traffic crash reports. The Records Unit is also responsible for providing crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for the Uniformed Crime Report which in turn is used to provide an assessment for the level and types of crime which occurs on our campus.
As a state agency, the University of Florida is required to provide public records in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes (FSS 119). In order to effectively meet that requirement, the University of Florida hosts an online Public Records Center to make it easy to request general UF records or police records. It also provides a section with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a way for users to monitor the progress of their requests online. The portal for the Public Records Center can be accessed at https://publicrecords.ufl.edu/
While it is highly encouraged that those seeking public information use our on-line Public Records Center system, anyone wishing to make a request is not required to do so. In accordance with FSS 119, those requesting public information are expressly permitted by law to make requests in any manner they choose (verbal, written, anonymous, etc.). Citizens and media representatives can also make public records requests for incident or traffic crash reports by coming to our department during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm or simply calling (352) 392-6651.
If you are interested in solely obtaining a crash report completed by the University of Florida Police Department, the most expedient way to do so is by going to https://services.flhsmv.gov/CrashReportPurchasing/ to request a copy of a traffic crash report.