The UMass Dartmouth Police Department is responsible for protecting the lives and property of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as the adjoining University property and satellite campuses. The Department staff work with community members to prevent crime, solve problems, build partnerships, and take proactive steps to make our campus as safe as possible.
All police officers attend municipal police academy training and have full police authority on university property and at our satellite campuses. The department enforces state laws, including motor vehicle laws, and is equipped with video surveillance technology and law enforcement tools, enabling us to respond to virtually any incident or emergency. The Police Department also enforces University Policy and utilizes the Office of Community Standards to adjudicate students who have violated the law or university policy. The Department staff consists of civilian communications dispatchers, Institutional Security Officers, sworn patrol officers, sergeants, and lieutenants. Every shift, supervisors are mandated to ensure the best possible supervision and accountability.
Police Officers are trained in crime prevention, sexual assault investigations, bicycle patrol, drug recognition, anti-bias policing, firearms proficiency, and more. Officers are certified in CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator), and first aid (including Narcan).
The Department is actively involved with annual student and parent orientations. It delivers several educational programs to the community, including those in crime prevention, personal safety, and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense. The Department also offers tailored programs to address student concerns and Residence Life education issues.
The UMass Dartmouth Police Department has a strong student-centered approach to policing and is focused on using sound discretion and having the best interests of the students, faculty, and staff in their decision-making. We believe in providing full transparency to our community with crime statistics on campus. We are committed to Clery compliance and sharing necessary information promptly to ensure optimal safety.