The office has available many educational brochures dealing with crime prevention and safety issues. Brochures are available by request through the office on a variety of topics including: alcohol, drugs, crime prevention, general safety, motor vehicle tips, and sexual assault/rape.
Under community policing, University Police officers are assigned to patrol designated areas of campus and to develop a relationship with the various groups residing or working in these areas. Our officers are willing to meet with groups to define problems, develop strategies to maintain a safe environment, and conduct special programs.
University Police is responsible for the entire investigative process. This process includes taking the initial crime report and statements, crime scene processing, and the identification and apprehension of suspects, which culminates in the judicial system. University Police's Investigations Unit is staffed by five full time detectives, each of whom handles a caseload of crimes against persons such as sexual assaults, batteries, and robberies, along with property crimes such as burglary, auto theft and fraud.
University Police is the first to respond to all medical, fire and criminal emergencies on campus. Members of the academic community and visitors to the campus are encouraged to report crimes or other emergencies to the University Police by dialing 645-2222 from any campus phone, or *2222 from any residence hall courtesy phone.
The University Police Investigative Division provides non-criminal fingerprinting services (job applications, immigration, etc.) Monday – Friday between 3 pm & 4 pm. This service is free of charge for University at Buffalo students, staff & faculty; for all others, there is a $25.00 charge per fingerprint card. Please call 645-2227 an hour ahead on the day you wish to come in to schedule an appointment and verify that the service will be available. Please understand that we provide this service when staffing and operational levels permit.
You must bring the following items with you: completed fingerprint card and a government issued photo identification. Please do not sign the card until in the presence of the investigator taking the prints. If you are not a United States Citizen, you must also provide proof (immigration documents) that you are legally in the United States
Lost and Found
University Police Department operates a lost and found service. Lost or found items can be recovered/turned in at Bissell Hall on the North Campus. Contact Lost & Found.
Identifying and Labeling Valuable Property
- For your own safety and protection it is vital to maintain a personal record of serial numbers and/or owner applied numbers to personal property.
- Stolen property entries can be made by police departments when serial and/or owner applied numbers are provided.
- The University Police can offer assistance with applying numbers to property items that do not have manufacturer applied serial numbers.
- Contact University Police at 645-2227 for further information on identifying and labeling your valuable property items.
University Police Officers give presentations on crime prevention at various University at Buffalo orientations, including: New Student Orientations; Graduate School Orientations; Professional School Orientations; International Student Orientations; Transfer Student Orientations: Freshman-Parent Orientations; and New Employee Orientations.
Pharmaceutical Waste Collection
University Police is designated by the New York State & Erie County Departments of Health as a permanent pharmaceutical waste collection depot. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs, medications and needles can be deposited at Police Headquarters (Bissell Hall). There is a Med Return collection station as well as a "Sharps" collection station in the lobby of Bissell Hall which is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Just follow the instructions on the collection units for depositing of these items.
Safety Fairs and Information Tables
University Police Officers participate in Safety Fairs and staff information tables to promote crime prevention, home security and personal safety. They educate students, faculty and staff about steps they can take to protect their homes, property, and selves.
A wide-range of safety programs are offered annually.
- Rape Prevention
- Home/Apartment and Residence Hall Security
- Crime Prevention for offices, academics areas & libraries
- Alcohol & Drug Awareness
- Personal Safety
Along with conducting Self-Defense workshops, University Police Officers also conduct Self-Defense Classes through the Division of Athletics.
The University Police Department is the exclusive security provider on university property and facilities. These procedures should assist you in planning your event. For additional assistance, contact the Assistant Chief of Pollice for Administration at 645-2229.