Reporting Crimes

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department is responsible for investigating all crimes and incidents occurring on UNL property. The University strongly encourages victims to report all incidents to UNLPD immediately, regardless of their nature. Crimes occurring on the UNL campus may be reported in person at 300 North 17th Street (17th St Parking Garage) or by calling UNLPD at 402-472-2222 any time of day or night.

What should you do if you think you've witnessed a crime?

How to Report

Emergencies requiring police, fire or medical aid may be reported by calling by 911  or by calling University Police at 2-2222 or 402-472-2222. 

Blue Phones are located at strategic locations throughout campus and may be activated by simply pushing a button. This will connect you with a University operator who will provide assistance or connect you with UNLPD dispatch in the event you are reporting a crime.

Texting University Police can be texted to 69050, key work UNLPD.  To provide the best information in the quickest manner, it is recommended to make reports by phone, but texting is available particularly for those instances where noise or circumstances would dictate text reporting.

Non-emergency calls for service may be reported by dialing UNLPD at 2-2222  or 402-472-2222.

When to call

Crimes in progress and crimes which have just occurred should be reported immediately by dialing 911.

Whenever possible, please have the actual victim or witness of the crime call directly. First hand information is always more accurate and complete.

Threatening behavior should be reported to UNLPD as soon as possible.

What to say when calling

The dispatcher will ask a series of structured questions and have officers responding to the appropriate area. Listen carefully to each question and try to answer it as best as you can. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so. Typical information the dispatcher may ask you for includes:

  • Where did the incident occur? Include building and room area.
  • How long ago did the incident occur?
  • Give a brief description of what occurred.
  • Did the suspect(s) have any weapons?
  • Where and when was the suspect last seen?
  • Which direction was the suspect headed?
  • Was the suspect on foot or in a car?
  • What did the suspect look like:
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Age
    • Height and Weight
    • Hair Color and Length
    • Clothing
    • Glasses/Facial Hair
    • Was the suspect carrying anything?
    • Vehicle description, color, make, model and license plate

Law enforcement agencies to report crimes or suspicions of crime

UNL Police Department
300 North 17th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0634

Lincoln Police Department
575 South 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
575 South 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Nebraska State Patrol
1600 Hwy 2
Lincoln, NE 68502