What we do
Our patrol officers are charged with providing for the safety of all the students, faculty, employees, and guests who attend class, work, live, and visit our campus along with the security of the University’s buildings and property. We are proud of our professional police officers, each of them receiving their peace officer certification from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) Board. On average, they respond to more than 16,000 calls for service per year with the goal of providing quality assistance. We believe that by working in partnership with the community that we serve, and employing crime prevention and problem solving strategies, we can achieve this critical mission.
Where we work
Our department provides service to over 22,000 full and part-time students who attend classes at the Flagstaff campus. Another 5,000 plus faculty and staff work on campus. We have approximately 118 buildings consisting of student residence halls or apartments; instructional and research facilities; and other student or staff support buildings. University property consists of 740 acres, a network of eight miles of paved roads, pedestrian and bicycle paths, open space and other infrastructure complete the physical facilities of the campus.
A day in the life
Patrol officers at NAUPD have more generalized duties than in a traditional police agency. Officer’s typically conduct their own follow up and, with the exception of major felony cases, are usually responsible for entire investigations start to finish. A typical day consists of responding to calls for service, enforcing traffic laws, and interacting with the public. Furthermore, officers have the opportunity to specialize in various investigative tasks (Drug Recognition Experts, Advanced Collision Investigators, Law Enforcement Phlebotomy, etc.) and specialize as law enforcement trainers (Field Training Officers, Firearms Instructors, Driving Instructors, etc.). Our officers routinely attend state and federal sponsored law enforcement training programs, and we utilize some of the latest equipment to help us. For example, we use RADAR guns and the Speed Awareness Monitor to enforce speed limits on campus. Our fleet consists of marked police cruisers and four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles, which are equipped with 800 MHz mobile radios and in-car video cameras. Each of our officers is issued a ruggedized laptop computer, which they use to complete reports and access other in-field technology assets. Officers also patrol on foot and bicycle, and engage in special enforcement operations.