UMass Police Department (UMPD)

The Role of the Public Safety Department

The Department of Public Safety was established by order of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees with the affirmation and support of the state Legislature. University police officers are certified, trained law enforcement professionals who function within the University's rules, regulations and guidelines. Its role is to provide law enforcement, safety and security services for all persons and property of the University system.

As an academic health center with standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a public safety service consistent with the needs and demands of an institution such as UMass Medical School is essential.

University of Massachusetts police officers are commissioned in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 75 Section 32A of the Massachusetts General Laws and have full law enforcement authority in and upon all property owned, occupied or used by the Medical School.

All University police receive training through the Massachusetts Municipal Training Council. Additional training, such as in-service, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first responder, violence prevention, firearms, community policing and several others is done on a regular basis. University police officers work closely with local and state police and federal law enforcement agencies.

The UMPD consists of sworn Police Officers, ranging in rank from Patrol Officer to Police Chief.

  • Director of Public Safety - Police Chief
  • Deputy Police Chief
  • Police Sergeants - Shift Supervisor
  • Patrol Officers
  • Public Safety Assistants (non-sworn)