OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS POLICE DEPARTMENT
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the Commonwealth’s flagship campus. With a population of over 35,000, including 14,000 resident students, UMass Amherst is both a center for higher education and a vibrant, active community.
BICYCLE PATROL UNIT
The Bike Patrol Unit consists of 17 specially trained and outfitted officers who patrol the campus on mountain bikes in all kinds of weather. Bike patrol significantly enhances our proactive approach to law enforcement and service to the community. Bike officers are much more visible and approachable, which helps them get to know students and staff. Their inherent mobility allows for a quick response time and improves their efficiency in patrolling the inner recesses of the largely pedestrian academic area, parking lots, the steep terrain of the observatory, and the Orchard Hill and Sylvan residential areas. Additionally, because of the bicycles’ agility, speed, and stealth characteristics, officers can quietly and quickly surprise suspects engaged in committing crimes.
The UMPD Community Outreach Unit is the backbone of the UMPD community policing initiative. Our community outreach programs foster community involvement, cooperation, and communication. Community Outreach Officers conduct residence hall talks and security surveys and initiate crime prevention and awareness efforts. The campus community has embraced these programs, which have helped members of the community become more aware of their security as well as that of their property.
MOTORCYCLE PATROL UNIT
Riding specially equipped Harley Davidson machines, the police Motorcycle Unit conducts patrols and traffic enforcement, engages in public relations, and participates in parades and escorts locally, or across the state. The highly maneuverable motorcycles are excellent tools for traffic enforcement in congested areas, in academic malls, and across other areas of the campus that are difficult to access.
Officers assigned to the motorcycle unit are volunteers from the ranks of the patrol division. They attend a unique training course in police motorcycle operations, including obstacle courses, motorcycle operating dynamics, riding in rough terrain, and emergency operations. The training is designed to give the rider the skills and confidence to use the bike in various environments and under adverse conditions.
Police officers on horseback are highly visible to the public, increasing crime deterrence and enhancing public safety. With their added height, horses also provide increased visibility for the mounted officers. In contrast, the presence of the horses makes the individual officer more approachable to the campus public and less isolated than they would be in patrol cars.
Mounted officers provide a range of services. They can handle complaints and medical emergencies, work traffic details and traffic enforcement, provide crowd control, patrol the less accessible areas of campus, act as a crime deterrent, and enforce laws.
UMPD operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week, providing all patrol, investigative, specialized, and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services at the UMass Amherst campus. UMPD police officers attend the municipal police training academies located throughout the Commonwealth. UMPD is among the best qualified, motivated, supervised, and led police departments in the region and the nation. They strive to maintain the highest ethical and performance standards in their policies, procedures, and actions.
RESIDENCE HALL SECURITY
During the academic year, over 200 students are employed as Security Monitors to check residents’ identification, register guests, and screen visitors. During vacation, security is provided in the occupied nine-month and year-round halls. All UMass Amherst residence halls are locked 24 hours per day. Residence Hall Security personnel staff the lobbies from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM on weekdays and from 8:00 PM to 3:00 AM on weekends. Residence Hall Security supervisors also provide the Walking Escort Service to and from any location on campus.