The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community who study, research, work, and live on the Coral Gables Campus.  To fulfill our mission statement as a collaborative, innovative and proactive law enforcement agency, the University of Miami Police Department takes a community policing approach.  Patrol policy maximizes the time University Police Officers spend out of patrol vehicles and interacting with members of the community. chiefbio'

Safety related educational programming, conducted on an almost daily basis, helps members of the community realize the power they have to prevent crime and keep themselves safe.  Partnerships and working relationships with the University community, the Coral Gables Police and Fire Department, the Florida Safety Council and several other government and private agencies allows us to offer a multitude of services, most for free.  Overall, we believe that a stronger relationship between the UM Police Department and the University community makes for a collaborative, focused, and successful crime fighting team.

Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the University of Miami Police Department is composed of a highly dedicated team of State of Florida certified and sworn Police Officers and Police Detectives.  In addition, the department has several support professionals, including a Crime Prevention Coordinator, Supplemental Security Coordinator, Background Investigator and Data Custodian.  University Police Officers conduct continuous patrol, respond to all emergencies calls on campus, address specific University problems that require immediate attention, take police reports, provide information, and actively participate in proactive crime prevention efforts, such as the Adopt-A-Cop program.  The “Safety Matters” publication, accessible through the home page, provides more information on the UM Police Department, crime prevention efforts, personal safety programming, safety on campus, and also lists all crime statistics in accordance with state and federal law.  This publication is updated and distributed to all students, faculty, and staff on an annual basis.

On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the University of Miami Police Department, I welcome you to the UMPD web site and encourage you to explore our pages.  It is my hope that this site will provide you with important insight into our department, its operations, and all the services and programs we offer to keep our community safe.  The UMPD home page has been constructed to provide you with that information which is most often requested of our department.  However, if you do not find specific information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.  In addition, I invite your comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding our department and public safety at the University of Miami. Please utilize our contact information and e-mail directory in order to more accurately direct your inquiries and correspondence.

Finally, remember that crime prevention and personal safety begins with the individual.  Please report criminal activity immediately, exercise crime prevention techniques, and remain vigilant of your personal safety. 

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Thank you for visiting the UMPD website.

David A. Rivero
Chief of Police

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