In 1965, Nevada Revised Statute 396.325 became law, giving our Board of Regents the authority to create a police department for the Nevada university system. On June 11, 1965, the Board of Regents created the University of Nevada Police. Since that time, university police officers have served the UNLV community. In 1972, the Board of Regents founded an independent police department for UNLV.

Category I Peace Officers' Status & Training

University police officers are Category I peace officers and are required to complete a 22-week, 750-hour state Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy program as well as pass 560 hours of field training to qualify as a University Police Officer I. After completing a one-year probationary period, the officer is promoted to a University Police Officer II.


The UNLV Department of Police Services maintains a cooperative relationship with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; enforces federal, state, and county laws and ordinances as well as university regulations; and has the same law enforcement power as all other Southern Nevada police agencies. All criminal incidents are investigated and prosecuted.

The UNLV Department of Police Services is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (I.A.C.L.E.A.) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.).

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Mission Statement

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Police Services is dedicated to providing excellence in protection and service to the university community. As law enforcement officers, we shall continuously endeavor to ensure a safe and secure environment conducive to a positive social and educational process.

Vision Statement

The vision of the UNLV Department of Police Services is to become an exemplary model and recognized leader in higher education law enforcement by providing the public with quality police service and protection.

RebelSAFE Alert System & Safety App

RebelSAFE is the official mobile safety app of UNLV. Among the many features of the app to help keep the campus community safe, users can report a tip, chat with Police Services’ dispatchers via text-based communication, and even send their location via GPS to a friend if they’re walking alone. To download the free app, visit iTunes or the Google Play Store.

RebelSAFE Alert is the emergency notification system used for incidents that present an imminent threat to life, health or safety to UNLV students, employees, faculty, and community members. RebelSAFE Alert messages provide emergency information and instructions to protect yourself during an emergency. In the event of an emergency, RebelSAFE Alert will send emails, text messages, post to UNLV Police Services Facebook and Twitter, push notifications to the RebelSAFE Mobile App, and provide audio and visual warnings to computer desktops, digital advertising kiosks, RebelSAFE Emergency Phones, and UNLV websites. Update your contact information in case of a campus emergency.

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Community Policing

Our department subscribes to the community policing philosophy, which guides our efforts in our interactions with the UNLV community and the Las Vegas community in order to identify and solve problems.

UNLV is home to approximately 2,000 on-campus residents. To strengthen the ties and build a partnership with the residential life faculty, staff, and residents, we have initiated the Dormitory Liaison Program, which assigns police officers to work closely with the university's residential life staff to identify and solve problems that affect the residential life community. The dormitory liaison officers often attend floor meetings, hold and conduct training sessions, and also attend residential life events throughout the semester.

Social Media Outreach

Police Services launched its , , and pages to better connect with the campus community. Follow all pages for exclusive department news and notification of our community outreach events. Our social media accounts provide yet another tool in an ever-growing array of resources to notify students, faculty, staff, and community members in the event of an on-campus emergency.

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