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University at Buffalo Police Department

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB) Police Department protects the campus community at a four-year institution, with a department of 58 officers, 13 civilians, and 55 students. These men and women strive to uphold their mission to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work, and play.


University police officers are highly trained professionals. They posses full state authority to enforce all state and local laws and university regulations. The University Police Department is service-oriented and committed to courtesy and excellence. It subscribes to the philosophy of community policing in its goal to provide police services that meet the specialized needs of a university community.

The 2017 Citizens Police Academy (CPA)

While many municipal agencies have a CPA, they are not as popular on college campuses. Based on our experience, we recommend that college and university police and public safety departments actively pursue this type of hugely successful program. There are few programs that build as many great ambassadors for your department.

University at Buffalo

At UB, participants attend a 9-week session of 3-hour evening classes taught by police personnel. Some of the topics we cover include: New York State Penal Law, Police Patrol Procedures, Traffic and Accident Investigations, Recruitment and Training of Officers, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Crime Scene Investigations, and Family Offenses / Domestic Violence.

Review our recruitment brochure


UBPD uses a successful Problem Oriented Policing Project to address car break-ins. Each semester UBPD personnel flood the parking lots with vehicle report cards. Owners whose cars “fail” get a follow-up email with safety messages from members of the UBPD. Since implementing this program UBPD has virtually eliminated care break-ins.

University at Buffalo coffee with cop


Lastly, in 2014 UBPD was featured in a video at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.  This short video provides a great overview of this accredited police department.


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