The Patrol Unit is primarily charged with the preservation of peace and order of the University, the enforcement of all criminal ordinances, University regulations and laws of the City, State, and United States. Specific Unit responsibilities include:
- The prevention of crime
- The investigation of crime
- The apprehension of criminal offenders
- The recovery of stolen property
The Patrol Unit of the Public Safety Office has the largest allocation of manpower and is the most visible. This is the Unit which delivers most of the required police services to the community. Responsibilities not only include documenting and investigation of crimes, it is also responsible for responding to all types of emergencies including criminal, medical and fire; investigating vehicular and non-vehicular accidents; enforcing traffic ordinances; as well as responding to a variety of citizen requests not traditionally associated with law enforcement such as motorist assists, office lockouts and safety escorts to name a few.
Police Officers in the Public Safety Office are fully commissioned and state certified as established under Kansas Statutes Annotated, 76-726. To become a certified as a Police Officer, a Police Officer-trainee must undergo 560 hours of basic training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Following graduation, they must complete 240 hours of in-house training before moving on to patrol. In patrol, the Police Officer-trainee must satisfactorily complete 400 hours of ride-a-long training with a Field Training Officer. Only then will the new Officer become available for general police assignments.
Police Officers patrol the campus using foot patrols and marked patrol units. Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are a total of three overlapping ten hour shifts. Ten hour shifts have been in place for over ten years and they have proven beneficial to the community. The shift configuration allows for additional manpower during periods of increased activity for better police coverage and service.
Police Support Unit
The Police Support Unit is comprised of the Community Support Section and the Investigations Section. Both of these Sections provide the university community with specialized services. The Police Support Captain supervises the two Sections and also acts as the Public Safety Office media contact.
Community Support Section
The Community Support Section of the KU Public Safety Office encompasses a vast array of activities and plays a vital role in assisting the Public Safety Office in fulfilling its mission within the university community. Those activities can be divided in to four areas:
It is the philosophy of the Public Safety Office that everyone should be involved in making their community safer. The Community Education activities of the Community Support Section work to see that all members of the community have the knowledge and awareness to minimize their chances of being a victim of crime.
One of the ways to accomplish this is to speak to incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Orientation. Community Support teams up with staff from Watkins Health Center and Student Life to present a program on safety and health issues on campus. International students are given an additional presentation to provide them with guidance and direction that will assist them in their transition from their home country to life in the US.
The Section presents programs throughout the year in residence halls, Greek houses, and to classes in the Lawrence and Campus Communities.
Some of the programs we participate in:
- KU New Student Orientation.
- Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (alcohol program with the Greek community).
- Alcohol Awareness Week.
- Safe Spring break.
- Hawks, Cops and Kids.
- Alcohol Safety Programs.
- Personal Safety Programs.
- Stouffer Place Bike Rodeo.
- Stouffer Place Winter Party.
- Fake ID Presentation.
- Sunflower Broadband Safety Rodeo.
- KU Department of Student Housing Training.
The continuing education of veteran officers and the training of new officers is one of the responsibilities of the Community Support Section.
All police officers with this department must attend a state-certified law enforcement academy and an in-house training program before hitting the streets.
Every law enforcement officer in the state of Kansas is also required to attend 40 hours of continuing education to maintain his/her certification. Some classes such as firearms qualification, domestic violence and first aid are required attendance. The rest of the hours come from the numerous training classes that are set up by the unit and offered to the officers throughout the year. They sign up for those they wish to attend. As each officer acquires training hours those hours are submitted to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to be recorded in the officer's training file.
The University Daily Kansan, Lawrence Journal World, KLZR/KLWN, Cable 6, and the student television station routinely contact the department for information about incidents that occur on campus.
Community Support Section produces and distributes Crime Alerts as required by the Clery Act. Crime alerts are used to notify the community of an incident and to ask for any information about the incident. Anyone with information of a crime is asked to call the department or Crime Stoppers. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and a cash award is possible if information results in the apprehension of a suspect.
Recently the KU Public Safety Office has enacted a policy for the storage of weapons for Campus residents for more information visit the Civilian Weapons Storage Policy.
The Investigations Section consists of two University Detectives who are supervised by the Police Support Unit Captain. This Section has the responsibility of conducting in-depth and sometimes lengthy investigations of criminal offenses, providing employment background checks on potential new employees and providing protection for dignitaries visiting the University.
Detectives also frequently assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as their investigations bring them to campus. Both detectives have specialized training and serve as resources for other members of the department. They provide training and assistance in areas such as photography, crime scene management, evidence collection and processing, and interview techniques.