To provide an additional layer of security, the UM Police Department contracts with a private security company. Contracted security officers are regularly stationed at various buildings on campus and patrol the campus at large, day and night. Although security officers are unarmed, they are trained to spot threats to life and property and respond appropriately (usually by contacting University Police by radio).
Security Officers can be hired to provide security at special events by filling out the Contract Security Requisition Form.
Auxiliary Security Services is headed by:
Security Manager/Contract Administrator
Ted Beighey 305. 284.9952
The UM Police Crime Prevention Office is responsible for acting as the primary liaison between students, faculty and staff, and the UM Police Department. The goal of the office is to increase community awareness about the risk of campus crime through crime prevention programs, tips, and alerts, and to generate a sense of personal responsibility in each member of the UM community to reduce criminal opportunities.
The Crime Prevention Office is headed by:
The UMPD Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is responsible for investigating all crimes reported to, and documented by, University Police Officers. Crimes are analyzed for solvability (based on witnesses and/or evidence), trends and the criminal’s characteristic patterns or “modus operandi.” Often times it has been the information received by students, faculty or staff through anonymous “tips,” use of the silent witness form or use of the Crime Stoppers program that has enabled the Criminal Investigations Division to apprehend the responsible individual(s).
Many of the crimes investigated by CID are “crimes of opportunity.” These types of crimes often involve unattended property or unlocked doors to offices, dorms and vehicles. Valuable property should always be kept secure and out of sight.
The Criminal Investigations Division is headed by:
The UM Police Dispatch Center is primarily responsible for receiving emergency and non-emergency calls, and coordinating an appropriate response. In addition, the center monitors the location of emergency services personnel and maintains continuous communication with Police Officers in the field via radio, computer, and other means. Calls from Blue Light Telephones are also routed to the UM Police Dispatch Center.
Dispatch is headed by:
The UMPD Records Division is responsible for managing thousands reports and records generated by Police Officers in the field and by the Police administration. Reports and statistics generated by this division greatly aide in determining how law enforcement resources are best positioned and utilized.
Records is headed by:
The UMPD Recuritment/ Background Investigations Unit is responsible for (1) overseeing all UMPD recruitment and selection efforts, (2) conducting background investigations on UMPD applicants, (3) coordinating Police Training efforts and (4) working towards IACLEA professional law-enforcement certification for the UMPD.
Background Investigations/ Police Training is headed by:
UM Police Road Patrol/Operations is responsible for proactive patrolling, responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, enforcement of laws (including traffic), establishing working relationships with the University community and other miscellaneous activities. UM Police patrol by motor vehicle, GEM (golf cart), Segway, bicycle, and on foot. UMPD Road Patrol is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Road Patrol headed by:
The University of Miami Police Department is committed to providing for the safety and security of the students, parents, faculty, employees and guests who live, work and visit our campus. The Student Patrol Aide program is an integral part of our efforts.
Student Patrol Aides (SPAs) are UM student workers employed by the Police Department to augment our Patrol Division. While they do not perform the same duties as police officers, they do serve as extra eyes and ears for our department. The bright orange shirts that they wear readily identify the SPAs.
The SPAs work individually to patrol the University campus. They can be found on Segways or on foot. Two-way radios keep them in contact with a police dispatcher and police officers on patrol. They are responsible for staffing fixed posts, patrolling the Coral Gables campus, acting as a security escort for other students on campus, reporting suspicious activity and hazardous conditions to UMPD, checking buildings for door and window violations, and assisting police officers in non-enforcement activities (i.e., traffic point control).
The Student Patrol Aides are thoroughly trained so that they are prepared for all types of situations that could occur during their active patrol duties on campus. Each SPA goes through two days of extensive and rigorous training before they are allowed to patrol. This training includes instructions in communications, using the Automatic External Defibrillator, and performing CPR. In addition, there is a hands-on training session to teach the student to ride the Segways and gym cars. At the end of the training, all Student Patrol Aides must take and pass four tests to make sure they have a full knowledge of everything covered during training.
In order to become a SPA a person must be 18 years of age, be of high moral character, and a full time student with a minimum of 2.5 GPA. The selection process consists of an oral board interview followed by a background check.
Download the SPA application by clicking here.