Campus Safety

Published June 18, 2018

UB is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university’s three campuses.  The university continually reviews and updates its policies, prevention, preparedness and notification measures to address evolving threats and communications needs. 

Preparedness at UB involves collaboration between leaders throughout the university, with community partners, and with local, state and federal agencies. The university regularly trains on emergency incidents, including conducting active shooter/hostile intruder drills. The university also offers programs on how students, faculty and staff should respond in the unlikely event of a hostile intruder on campus. 

The New York State University Police Department (UBPD) is a state and nationally accredited, professional police department headquartered on UB’s North Campus with a sub-station on UB’s South Campus. UBPD strives to provide police services that meet the specialized needs of a diverse university community, and conducts itself according to the highest professional standards at all times.

UBPD’s highly trained officers have full police status and the state authority to enforce and investigate violations of all laws and regulations as defined by the NYS Criminal Procedure Law and the Education Law of New York State.

UBPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all property owned, leased or under the control of the University at Buffalo and works collaboratively with local, county and state law enforcement agencies within the City of Buffalo, the Town of Amherst as well as the Erie County Sherriff’s Department and NYS Police Department.  Signed agreements are in place with these agencies as well as Veterans Administration Police permitting each agency to request assistance from one another when required. Specifically, in the City of Buffalo, the UBPD has the authority to respond to low priority calls outside of UB’s South Campus, allowing the Buffalo Police Department to respond to higher priority incidents.

Over recent years, UB has invested more than $5 million in security enhancements on its campuses, including new lighting, security cameras and emergency Blue Light phones.  There are about 1,000 security cameras across all three campuses.  These cameras are deployed in and around public spaces, bus stops, dormitories and buildings, classrooms, labs and other facilities.

Amherst, N.Y., the site of UB's North Campus, has consistently been ranked one of the safest cities in the United States by CQ Press.  UB’s annual on-campus crime statistics are consistently very low and are lower than local communities.

The majority of reported on-campus criminal offenses are burglaries - the vast majority of these burglaries are petty thefts from unlocked dorm rooms and a few petty thefts from unlocked offices. UB classifies these petty thefts under CLERY as burglaries unless UB can confirm otherwise.

From crime prevention programs to our extensive, campus-wide emergency response program, UB has developed a comprehensive campus safety network designed to keep UB's campus community safe and secure.

FAQ

Where is UBPD located and how does the department operate?

  • University Police is headquartered on UB’s North Campus with a sub-station on the South Campus to facilitate the reporting, prevention, and investigation of criminal activities and to provide for prompt response to other emergencies.  University Police will begin serving all UB-owned or operated facilities on the Downtown Campus on Aug. 23 - University Police’s downtown operations will be based in the UB Gateway at 77 Goodell St.
  • University Police officers patrol both campuses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are 42 Patrol Officers, 9 lieutenants, 4 investigators, 1 inspector, 2 assistant chiefs, 1 chief, 1 civilian emergency manager, 5 non-sworn administrative staff members, 3 dispatchers and & 55 student aides

What is the mission of UBPD?

  • UBPD is committed to courtesy and excellence, and to the philosophy of community policing and defusing potentially confrontational situations.  UBPD is service-oriented and strives to provide police services that meet the specialized needs of a university community.
  • UBPD is a state and 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. 

What type of police status does UBPD have?

  • UBPD officers have full police status and the state authority to enforce and investigate violations of all laws and regulations per section 1.20 (34) of the NYS Criminal Procedure Law and section 355 subd. 2 paragraph l of the Education Law of New York State

How is UBPD jurisdiction defined?

  • UBPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all property owned, leased or under the control of the University at Buffalo.
  • Signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) are in effect with the Buffalo Police, Veterans Administration Police, NYS Police, and the Amherst Police. These MOU’s permit each agency to request assistance from one another when required.

Outside of university incidents, what types of crimes can/does UBPD respond to?

  • The memorandum of understanding between UB and the Buffalo Police Department allows BPD lieutenants to contact UB Police and have them respond to low priority calls regarding parties, etc., that allow BPD to respond to higher priority calls

What other agencies does UBPD work with?

  • The UBPD works with local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of crimes, and promotion of safety-awareness programs aimed at reducing incidents.  The UBPD maintains 24- hour-a-day radio, nationwide computer and local computer chat with area law enforcement agencies.
  • The UBPD is in regular contact with the City of Buffalo and Town of Amherst Police Departments, the Erie County Sheriff's Office, FBI and the New York State Police.
  • Officers from the Buffalo Police Department, University at Buffalo and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority conduct joint patrols Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights along Main Street in Buffalo in a collaborative effort to continue improving safety and quality of life in University Heights

 

What type of training do UBPD officers have?

  • The officers of the New York State University Police (UBPD) are highly trained professional police officers. 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 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Each officer must successfully complete a basic course of instruction for police officers endorsed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) before being sworn in as a University Police Officer.
  • After attending the 21-week basic police academy training, each new officer completes a minimum 10-week, on-the-job training supervised by a University Police Field Training Officer.
  • University Police officers also receive specialized training on numerous topics, including: Accident Investigation, Active Shooter, Advanced Investigation, Arson Investigation, Ident-A-Kit, Juvenile Officer, Civil Disturbance, Breath Test Operator, Instructor Development, Hazardous Materials, Cultural Diversity, Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, Bias Crime, Firearms, 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 Narcan Training and Bomb Recognition.