Mission Statement

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are a high priority at Utah Valley University.

Although the UVU Campus is a relatively safe place, we are not immune to those problems that beset all urban citizens, including problems related to public safety and law enforcement.

The Utah Valley University Police Department (UVUPD), a police force fully accredited by the State of Utah, is charged with protecting your safety and property on our Orem campus. This brochure outlines the services, policies, and programs which help us to meet that challenge.

The full support and cooperation of the entire University community are required to allow for the pursuit of knowledge in a safe and secure environment.

Utah Valley University provides several important services to a diverse University community consisting of approximately 40,000 students and supporting faculty and staff by providing 24-hour-a-day police patrol and security protection for the benefit of all University properties, employees, students and visitors at the Orem campus. Utah Valley University police officers have the same full police powers and responsibilities as do officers in other Utah law enforcement agencies.

All UVUPD police officers are trained at the Utah State Police Academy and each year receive a minimum of forty (40) hours of in-service and specialized training in crime prevention and awareness, first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, legal updates, evidence gathering, traffic control, and traffic accident investigation, follow-up on criminal and civil investigations, etc.

Several patrol methods are used to secure and patrol University properties, including uniformed vehicle patrol, foot patrol, as well as plain clothes, motorized, and foot patrol.

UVU police officers are also responsible for providing a full range of public safety services to the University community, including the handling of all crime reports, investigations, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws regulating underage drinking, the use of controlled substances, weapons violations, and enforcement of all applicable state, county and local laws, and all other incidents such as medical and fire emergencies which require police assistance. University police officers prepare and submit reports of incidents brought to their attention. As a courtesy, they share information on arrests and serious crimes with any law enforcement agency having a legitimate need to know.

The serial numbers of all vehicles, office equipment, and personal property stolen from our University campuses are reported nationwide through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

UVUPD encourages the prompt and accurate reporting of crimes to our office by victims, witnesses or any other persons having knowledge that a crime has been committed on our campus.

Our University Police and Dispatch Center are located in Gunther Trades 331 and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be reached by calling 863-5555 or in an emergency call 911.

Crime Awareness / Crime Prevention

Another important function of UVUPD is making our campus users aware of how to prevent becoming a victim of crime.
If requested, one of our University police officers will talk to groups regarding Crime Awareness/Crime Prevention.

Campus Safety Awareness Programs

The Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, the University Fire Marshal and other staff members are involved in a University Safety Committee which makes periodic security and safety surveys of campus facilities. Suggestions are made for improving security and safety in each area of instruction so as to improve the safety and security of students, employees and faculty.

Officer Friendly Program

Several times throughout the school year our University police officers will make an Officer Friendly presentation to the Wee Care Child Care Center emphasizing "police are our friends". Child safety is stressed.

Grounds and Building Safety

The University Facilities Planning/Plant Operations Department maintains college buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. These facilities are inspected regularly; plant staff attempt to make prompt repairs and respond 24 hours-a-day to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks. The University Police Department assists maintenance personnel by reporting potential safety and security hazards. Students, as well as employees, are encouraged to call Facilities Planning and Maintenance (863-8130) to report any hazard.
Representatives from University Police/Department of Public Safety and Facilities Planning routinely inspect the entire campus to review lighting and environmental safety concerns.

Most University facilities are open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session. During times that the University is officially closed, University buildings are generally locked and only employees, faculty and authorized students with proper I.D. are admitted.

For More Information Contact:
Chief Matt Pedersen
800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058
E-Mail: MPedersen@uvu.edu