The primary purpose of the Department of Public Safety is to support the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and public service by providing comprehensive and professional public safety services, as well as secure convenient access to the UNC Chapel Hill campus and UNC Hospitals. We will protect and serve the University community by enforcing the laws of North Carolina, preserving and optimizing resources, and by maintaining an environment that fosters education and community-oriented service.

Sworn Roles

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Commission require all law enforcement officers to meet certification and recertification standards through required training in order to obtain law enforcement ceritification. The officers of the UNC at Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety have met the required standards for certification through the NC and continue to meet the recertification standards through mandated in-service training

Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

The Director of Public Safety presides over police and security and is also known as the Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief

The Deputy Chief at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel oversees Patrol Operations, Telecommunications, Investigations, Security and the Reserve Program. The Deputy Chief is second in command. In the absence of the Director, he has full authority over the Department of Public Safety.

Captains

There are two captains in the Department of Public Safety each with specific duties.

  • Patrol Commander – in charge of daily patrol operations and the Reserve Officer Program. Oversees
    all special events management for the department which are held all over campus.
  • Administrative Support Captain – in charge of Investigations, Community Services, Training and Security functions within the department.

Quartermaster

This Sergeant’s primary responsibilities include being the weapon armorer, firearms instructor, officers equipment well as the motor fleet manager.

Supervisor over Investigations

Also referred as the CID Lt., ensures that an investigator is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and are responsible for all criminal investigations initiated by complaint or incident, dignitary protection, background investigations, and threat assessments.

Employment Background Investigator

He is responsible for checking backgrounds for prospective employees of the University for positions identified as “positions of trust.”

Lieutenants

The Department of Public Safety has five lieutenants that are the primary supervisors of the patrol squads. They are responsible for ensuring that quality law enforcement services are provided to the university community. Four lieutenants supervise the primary patrol squads which work around the clock 365 days a year. The fifth lieutenant supervises the Community Response Unit which is comprised of the Traffic Units, 2 K9 Bomb Dogs and bicycle officers.

Sergeants

There are 5 Sergeants in the Public Safety Department that deal with patrol functions. There are 5 other Sergeants who are assigned to administrative positions such as Training, Quartermaster, Special Events, CID and Community Services. They are assistant supervisors and responsible for assisting the four primary squad Lieutenants. In addition, they are in charge of the squads in the absence of the lieutenant.

Patrol Officers

Patrol provides basic patrol functions 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the protection of students, staff, faculty, visitors and property. Patrol officers provide a wide variety of law enforcement services including responding to calls for service, writing reports, conducting preliminary investigations, checking the security of university property, providing traffic enforcement and traffic accident investigation. Officers patrol in marked police vehicles, a motorcycle, on foot, or by police bicycles.

Investigators

The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for the follow-up investigations of all criminal offenses occurring on university owned or leased property. They are also responsible for conducting background checks on potential Public Safety employees, dignitary protection assignments, fingerprint processing, threat assessments, and processing crime scenes.

Community Response Unit

The Community Response Unit is comprised of 8 full-time officers supervised ay a Sergeant and Lieutenant. Two Officers as designated traffic units which also consist of utilizing both patrol cars and motorcycles. These Officers are responsible for the enforcement of N.C. laws involving motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

They focus on reducing speed violations, reducing violations related to motorists not yielding to pedestrians within crosswalks, and violations of pedestrians crossing outside of crosswalks or against crossing signals and who interfere with traffic flow. This Unit also conducts programs throughout the university community to educate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians about pedestrian safety and keeping the streets of campus safe for all who travel on them.

Other Officers on the Community Response Unit include two bomb dogs names Buddy and Molly and 4 bicycle officers who pro-actively patrol the UNC campus on foot and bicycle. The team focuses its patrols in areas on campus where data shows larceny is more prominent such as the libraries, the gyms, and the health science buildings. Community Response officers are also assigned all misdemeanor larceny cases for call-back and investigation. They also conduct programs throughout the campus community on a wide variety of topics.

Community Services

Community Policing is the primary commitment shared by all officers of the Department of Public Safety. The Department is dedicated to promoting and maintaining safety awareness and community outreach programs. The Department is made up of Community Services. They are dedicated to developing and coordinating a variety of activities to meet the safety needs of the campus community. Presentations on personal safety, security surveys, prevention of workplace violence, office/business safety and prevention and other related law enforcement topics are available upon request. Community Services is also scheduled on a regular basis at student orientations, supervisory workshops and by request, for all campus members.This section, in conjunction with other officers, also facilitates recruiting of officers for the Department.

Training

The Training Section is responsible for providing professional education to sworn members of the department and oversees sworn orientation training, field training, career development and continuing and advanced training programs in the department. The Training Section also provides in-service training to assure officers are up-to-date in their competencies to serve the university community. New officers first must complete a 618-hours of Basic Law Enforcement Training through the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission or approved training by Criminal Justice Education Training Standards in order to obtain NC Certification from out of state. Officers attend an additional 48 hours of in-service training each year afterwards.

Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Division Lieutenant is responsible for the departments CALEA certification and internal affairs investigations. As part of the accrediation process they are responsible for policy development and revisions.

The Internal Affairs function is responsible for overseeing the investigation of all complaints against departmental personnel. The department holds its employees to the highest professional standards and vigorously investigates any allegations of employee malfeasance or misconduct. Internal Affairs also makes policy and training recommendations based on analysis of complaints.