University Police Services, Southern Command named fourth in nation for campus safety initiatives

Jan. 17, 2020


January 17, 2020 – The Nevada System of Higher Education’s University Police Services, Southern Command was named fourth in nation by Safe Campus, an organization that hosts the annual National Campus Safety Summit for campus safety initiatives.

“The University Police Services, Southern Command is being recognized for its effective consolidation and improvement to campus safety across four institutions in southern Nevada,” said Linda Shaw, Director of Safe Campus.

The organization released its annual ranking this week of the top 25 college and university departments for accomplishments in improving campus safety. The full list is available online.

“The department set out to offer the highest level of service to the community and state which we call home, to be an asset to the thousands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors we serve, and to transform two police departments into one world class agency that will become a model for the nation,” said Adam Garcia, Associate Vice President and Director of University Police Services.

The ranking recognizes outstanding achievement by an administrative department. Each administrative department was nominated based on its efforts and improvements in campus safety. All 4,298 U.S. accredited higher-education institutions were eligible.

Nominees are ranked blind on two metrics: campus safety response or campus safety improvement, with value placed for both departments that responded well to a campus crisis and departments that have improved campus safety over the previous year.

“The uniformed and civilian members of University Police Services continue to propel us toward being the best in this nation,” Garcia said, “They have shown dedication to improving the safety of students, employees and visitors across our Southern Nevada institutions.”


About University Police Services:
University Police Services takes proactive measures to create and maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all members and guests of the College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Nevada State College, and UNLV’s campuses. It subscribes to a community policing philosophy based on collaboration and professionalism, which guides its interactions, in order to identify and solve problems. Its mission is to improve safety and emergency planning and response across our Southern Nevada campuses. To learn more about the department visit