Picture of the front of the University Police station

Patrol Division

Patrol Commander: Captain Derrick Byrd

The University Police Department Patrol Division is staffed by uniformed officers who patrol the campus and are responsible for all of the primary police tasks seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This is the largest division within the police department due to the high demand of service needed to protect the University. Scheduling of patrol officers is done using fixed shifts. Recent studies have shown that this type of work schedule provides for improved officer morale, better mental and physical health and increased job performance.

The Patrol Division has four basic functions:

  1. The prevention and repression of crime
  2. The apprehension of offenders
  3. The maintenance of peace
  4. The protection of life and property

Some of the duties of officers assigned to the Patrol Division include:

  • Responding to criminal complaints and conducting complete preliminary investigations
  • Responding to non-criminal calls for service and EMS requests
  • Traffic control and the initial investigation of auto crashes
  • Enforcement of state statutes and motor vehicle laws