Meet University Police Services

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 campus community. In 2019, the Board of Regents consolidated the southern Nevada campus police departments giving University Police Services, Southern Command jurisdiction across College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada State College (NSC), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (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.


University 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.

University 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

To provide a safe and secure learning environment for our campuses by using a community oriented policing model based on collaboration and professionalism.

Vision Statement

To be the nation's premier Higher Education Police Service.



  • Professionalism - We display honor, courage, and respect in all of our endeavors.
  • Responsibility - We are always accountable to our campus communities, each other, and our families.
  • Integrity - We conduct ourselves in a manner that is always transparent, fair, ethical, and legal.
  • Dedication - We consistently demonstrate a heart for serving others.
  • Excellence - We are committed to the implementation of innovative strategies to address community concerns.
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Community Policing

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

To strengthen the ties and build a partnership with our faculty, staff, students, and residents, we encourage our community to participate in law enforcement events and engage with our officers. Our focus is on creating a safe educational and social environment through proactive policing and a commitment to community relations and outreach.

Social Media Outreach

Follow University Police Services on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 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.