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University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-4900
Tel: (716) 645-2227
TTY: (716) 645-0005
Fax: (716) 645-3758
Emergencies & Service:
Tel: (716) 645-2222
Chief of Police: Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.
E-Mail: General | Lost & Found
Emergency Blue Light Phones
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.
Chief of Police, University Police
"In 2012 UB experienced the lowest number of property crimes in our history. The bottom line for the entire UB community is that our campuses are safe, but we are constantly looking for ways to make them even safer. I couldn't be more proud of UB's University Police."
The mission of the University at Buffalo Police Department is to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work, and play.
- Safety: Your safety is our concern. The University Police Department protects the rights of the campus community regardless of sex, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion, or other belief system. We maintain the highest ethical standards to ensure positive interactions and to maintain the continued trust and support of our community.
- Fire & First Aid Response: The University Police are the first responders for any reported fires on the University at Buffalo Campuses. The University Police work hand in hand with the department of Environment, Health & Safety and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control to maintain, operate and respond to the fire alarm systems at the University. The University Police responded to 1,126 such alarms in 2012. Of these alarms, only 22 turned out to be actual fires. Most of the alarms reported to the University Police are caused by cooking mishaps and similar situations. 7 of the alarms were determined to be intentionally reported false alarms.
- Traffic Safety: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement is an important part of the mission of the University Police. On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes nationwide. All officers are trained in basic motor vehicle accident investigation, including the completion of NYS MV 104 and MV 104A forms.
- UB Special Events Support: Special Events at the University at Buffalo include the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) that has included numerous celebrities and figures from the worlds of academia and politics. The University Police provide dignitary protection and police services for all major events.
- Theft Prevention: Operation I.D. is a service available to all students, faculty and staff. In order to protect your valuables with Operation I.D., you must first obtain your own personal I.D. number from University Police. One part of the number identifies your police department while the other part identifies you as the property owner.
Who Should Use Our Services
All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the department's community policing services and crime prevention programs. The University at Buffalo's police department is an integral part of the educational process and its educational, information, and awareness programs strive to enlist the assistance and cooperation of all members of the academic community.
Requesting Assistance/Reporting Crime
All students, employees, and visitors should promptly report crimes in progress, life and death situations, and crashes with injuries by phone 716-645-2222 or by picking up a campus Emergency Blue Light phones (located throughout both campuses):
- Specify your location.
- Stay on the line until the dispatcher determines your location and tells you to hang up.
University Police is a nationally accredited agency, with accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Authorities (CALEA) and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYSDCJS). As the only police department in Erie County and one of five in the state to receive CALEA accreditation, the department continues to conduct itself according to the highest professional standards maintaining accreditation and certifications with several key law enforcement agencies. (View complete list: PDF (369KB) | Word (601KB))
University Police Officers are highly trained professional police officers. They possess full state authority to enforce all state and local laws and University regulations. The University Police Department is service oriented and is 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.
University Police Officers are required to have completed a minimum of 60 college credits in order to meet the position's minimum requirements. Many have earned Bachelor and Master degrees. After attending the 21 week basic police academy training they also receive specialized training on numerous topics, including the following:
- Accident Investigation
- Advanced Investigation
- Arson Investigation
- Juvenile Officer
- Civil Disturbance
- Breath Test Operator
- Instructor Development
- Hazardous Materials
- Cultural Diversity
- Crime Prevention
- Fire Safety
- Bias Crime
- NYSP Traffic Institute
- Community Policing
- Standard First Aid and Personal Safety
- Police Bicyclists
- Defensive Tactics
- Basic and Advanced Fingerprinting
- ASP Baton
- Substance Abuse Recognition
- Mental Health Laws
- Rape Awareness
- Police Photography
- Driving While Intoxicated Offenses
- Dispute Resolution
- Bomb Recognition
Support the UB Police Foundation
UB receives less than one third of its funding from state appropriations. This makes support from the University’s alumni and friends critical to our mission of offering outstanding law enforcement services along with a commitment to public service outreach to local and global communities.
The UB Police Foundation was established to provide for specialized training, equipment, and other resources that are unavailable thru the regular budget process. Help us achieve our goal of providing the best law enforcement services that our community deserves by donating today .