Each patrol shift consists of combined sworn police officers, non-sworn security officers, a communications dispatcher and a patrol supervisor.
The patrol unit is responsible for proactively solving problems within the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year as well as responsible for responding to a wide array of calls for service, including medical emergencies, law enforcement, community policing, crime prevention and criminal investigations.
Officers patrol on foot, in police cruisers, in unmarked police vehicles and on mountain bikes. Foot patrols are mainly concentrated in the academic buildings and Residence Halls.
All officers are certified "first responders" with training in CPR and in utilizing the department's AEDs (automated external defibrillators).
University Police Officers are sworn under Chapter 75, Section 32A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. UMass officers have full Chapter 90 (Motor Vehicle Law) powers and strictly enforce these laws on campus. Our police officers are vested with full law enforcement powers and receive the same initial training as municipal law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Officers are also assigned frequently to attend in-depth training in a wide variety of specialized topics such as crime prevention theory, the investigations of sexual assaults and bias related incidents. In addition to specialized training, our officers receive annual in-service training covering areas such as firearms training, first-responder training and legal updates.
Multiple members of the department have specialized training in COBWEB (Cops On Bikes With Education for Bicyclists) certified by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council.
The COBWEB course is a 24 hour three day program with both classroom and field instruction. The officer upon completion of the course will have developed a heightened awareness of the importance of fitness, nutrition, injury prevention and physical well-being. The officer will also have a comprehensive understanding of standard operating procedures, crime prevention techniques, tactical maneuvers and communication.
UMass Dartmouth Police officers in coordination with Mass Environmental Police have been nationally certified in ATV training and safety. ATVs allow officers to access anyone in need at a public event being held where a traditional police cruiser is unable to go.