Our organization is focused and dedicated to preserving the peace on-campus.
The mission of the University Police Department is to provide an environment of safety and security which ensures a peaceful quality of life in the university community by establishing collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Legally and ethically accountable for the welfare for others.
Well qualified and trained for performing our roles.
Readily available and easily approachable.
Timely action to events, requests or appeals for assistance.
Assured confidence in our work.
Objective and consistent in application and without bias.
Owen YardleyChief of Police
Accreditation & Compliance Manager
Emergency Management Specialist
Kevin Draftz-Building Access
Cassandra Ramirez-Security Operations
Aaron T. Pembleton
Russ Johnson Jr.-K9
Receptionist/ Staff Assistant
Public Safety Systems Specialist
Building Access Supervisor
Building Access Associate
Building Access Associate
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS Project Manager
Community Serivce Officer (CSO) Supervisors
Community Service Program & Officers
University Police Officers are committed to providing a professional and full service police department to the University. Officers complete their recruit training at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center located in Grand Island, Nebraska. Graduates then return to the department to enter into a three month Field Training Program. This program provides further training specific to campus law enforcement. Upon completion of this process officers are assigned to a patrol shift.
University Police Officers maintain a high level of visibility on campus, which helps create a strong connection with the community. Linked through our state-of-the-art communication center, our officers patrol campuses 24 hours a day on foot, in cars, and on bicycles. The University officers work collaboratively with Lincoln Police to prevent and solve problems in the areas around campus.
The Investigations Unit is responsible for in-depth investigations. Our role in investigations is three-fold: to investigate crimes, develop crime prevention strategies and tactics, and assist crime victims. The emphasis is on prevention. Technology plays a major role in efforts to reduce crime. Investigators use state-of-the-art exterior camera views along with other technologies in order to help them investigate matters to their fullest.
Community Services Officers (CSO's)
Community Service Officers (CSO) perform security functions for student housing, and complete a 8 week field training program specific to the University of Nebraska so they may better serve the campus community as first responders. CSO's are an important component in the security of the campus as they serve as additional eyes and ears to police officers. Although residence halls are the main priority, students will also see them occasionally in academic buildings, computer labs, libraries, and sporting events. Daily attire for the Community Service Officer is a uniform consisting of a gray shirt and black trousers.
The University Police Communications unit consists of twelve full time dispatchers. Often, the public's first contact with University Police is with one of these trained dispatchers. After gathering the necessary information, dispatchers use a radio system to detail emergency responders to calls for service.
Dispatchers are highly skilled and trained to monitor the status of officers in the field and activities of other area law enforcement or emergency services near to campus that may affect the University Community. They are also responsible for processing reports, responding to requests for records, maintaining found property and issuance of department equipment, responding to inquiries at the department's service desk, monitoring life safety alarms, and analyzing of department statistics. A system of over 1,500 Security Cameras on campus allows dispatchers to view activity 24 hours a day