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Community Engagement

University Police Services emphasizes proactive policing, and interaction with the community is encouraged at all levels in order to achieve this goal. Our commitment to community relations is exhibited through our participation in campus outreach events, performances at special events, distribution of crime prevention and safety materials to campus and local media outlets, posting of crime alert bulletins to notify the campus community of specific crime problems in the area, and more.

Presentations & Classes

Girls on Guard Self-Defense Classes

University Police Services offers self-defense classes in order to provide women with the basic skills to escape an attacker and how to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible. These classes are intended to help women feel safer and better prepared on campus. Police Services' Girls on Guard self-defense classes are open to all female students, faculty, and staff. Registration for Girls on Guard classes may only be done through links that are sent out via RAVE (Rebelmail), UNLV Today, on the UNLV Event Calendar, on our , , and pages, and on the Police Services events calendar on our website.

Campus Presentations

We offer presentations on any topics involving personal safety, campus policing, crime prevention, and emergency preparedness and can customize a presentation to suit your needs. Current presentations we offer include:

  • Police services provided to the campus community.
  • Crime prevention in the areas of auto theft, burglary, robbery, nighttime safety, sexual assault, identity theft, cyberstalking, pedestrian safety, and more.
  • Orientation presentations for new students and their parents as well as faculty and staff.
  • Campus emergency preparedness.
  • Active shooter situations and personal safety on campus.
  • Job recruitment for the UNLV Department of Police Services.

To request a presentation for your group or class please complete the Community Outreach request form.

Have questions? Contact Ariana Renick at 702-895-5792 or ariana.renick@unlv.edu.

Ride-Along Program

All members of the public are invited to participate in a patrol ride-along to gain a firsthand perspective on law enforcement. To participate in a ride-along, you will be asked to:

  • Sign a waiver. You may print out the waiver and bring it with you to Police Headquarters. Please note that all signatures must be made on the day of the ride-along, in front of Assistant Chief Green.
  • Dress professionally (i.e., no shorts or T-shirts for males and no skirts, shorts, T-shirts, or tank tops for females; all ride-along participants should wear slacks and a shirt or blouse with a collar).
  • Follow all directions given by the officer during the ride.

To schedule a ride-along or obtain more information, please call Lt. Richard Dohme at 702-895-4741 or email richard.dohme@unlv.edu.

Ride-Along Program

Events & Activities

Biennial Lighting and Safety Walk

To ensure a safe campus environment, University Police Services coordinates a biennial lighting and safety tour of the campus that checks such things as lighting levels and fixtures, proper trimming of landscapes, and other physical security concerns.

Police Honor Guard

The Police Honor Guard is composed of officers who have been specially trained to represent both our university and nation with respect at formal functions. This dedicated unit has appeared at university ceremonies and celebrations as well as funerals for fallen officers. If you’d like the Police Honor Guard at your next event, contact Officer Brett Goff at brett.goff@unlv.edu at least 10 calendar days in advance of the event.

Orientation of UNLV Residential and Athletic Staff

University Police Services provides faculty and staff with the training necessary to address today's campus safety and law enforcement concerns. Through the Dormitory Liaison Program, officers routinely patrol the dorms, building relationships with staff and residents. Officers also conduct exercises that educate residential life staff on issues specific to on-campus living. University Police Services provides similar educational training to our athletics department as well.

Safety and Security Surveys

The University Police Services' Detective Bureau and Office of Police Technology are actively involved in conducting security surveys of buildings throughout campus. To arrange a security survey of your facility, contact the University Police Services' Detective Unit for more information.

Honor Guard

Public Information Officers (PIOs)

University Police Services has a designated Public Information Officer, or PIO, who assists the department in disseminating information to the community in addition to their regular duties. They frequently present to the campus on a variety of law enforcement subjects and serve as a point of contact for media outlets seeking information regarding policing matters on campus. Lt. Paul Velez is University Police Services current PIO. To schedule a presentation or interview with the PIO, please contact Lt. Paul Velez at 702-895-5784 or paul.velez@unlv.edu.