The University of Chicago Campus and the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences are located in District 1. These two great institutions provide a unique and rewarding challenge for law enforcement. There are approximately 16,000 students, not including faculty and staff, attending the University of Chicago. The Medical Center has over 7,000 employees along with thousands of visitors each day. The University of Chicago Police Department serves and protects these distinct entities with the utmost professionalism and dedication.
The Investigative Service Bureau is led by a Deputy Chief and it consists of the Patrol Division (District 1 and District 2) and the Investigative Services Division. Each patrol division district has a community services unit that is responsible for conducting safety initiatives, new student orientation presentations, and promoting campus safety awareness programs within the University community. Through its various activities, the Community Services Bureau's primary mission is to establish and maintain positive contacts with the University community through collaborative efforts between the Office of Campus and Student Life, the surrounding community and the University of Chicago Police Department. Efforts are coordinated for bicycle registration, laptop theft prevention and operation identification (engraved personal belongings). These tasks are accomplished by working hand-in-hand with the Chicago Police Department's Community Alternative Policing Strategy Unit (CAPS) and local governmental offices to establish best practices, on a larger scale, geared toward the University of Chicago students, staff, faculty and the community in which they reside.
The police officers are led by a Commander that is responsible for District 1 and it is the area from 55th to 61st and from Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive. The uniform patrol force assigned to District 1 immediately responds to calls for service, conducts and documents thorough preliminary investigations and works in conjunction with the Dean on Call Program when appropriate. Additionally, officers assist students, faculty and staff by providing umbrella coverage when requested. Partnerships with the students, faculty, staff, university affiliates and the residential and business communities, along with the 21st district are critical in our effort to continually reduce crime and to improve the quality of life on our campus, medical center and in the immediate surrounding area. Our goal is to ensure the University's main campus and medical center is the safest and most protected campus and medical center in the world.
By long tradition, the University Police assist the Chicago Police Department in policing Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The University Police Patrol Area encompasses 6.5 square miles, with a population of approximately 65,000 people. The University of Chicago Police Department has law enforcement jurisdiction from approximately Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive and from 39th to 64th Street.
The police officers are led by a Commander that is responsible for District 2, (the extended patrol area). This is the area from 39th to 55th Street, 61st to 64th Street and from Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive. Patrol Officers assigned to District 2 serve very diverse and dynamic communities, which include the neighborhoods of Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood and Oakland. The uniform patrol force assigned to District 2 immediately responds to calls for service and on view complaints. Officers are responsible for conducting aggressive and preventive patrol within their area of assignment. Officers will conduct thorough and complete preliminary investigations and accurately document the same while ensuring notification to the Dean on Call when appropriate. Additionally, officers will assist students, faculty and staff by providing umbrella coverage when requested. Partnerships with the residential and business communities and with the Chicago Police Department's 002nd District are critical in our effort to improve the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods. Our goal is to ensure that the entire extended patrol area is a safe and desired place to live, work and raise a family.
The Investigative Services Division is led by a Commander and is responsible for identifying emerging crime patterns, proactively combating crime and for follow up investigations of crimes which occur on the University of Chicago property. The division reviews cases for follow up when the crime occurs on the University of Chicago property. Cases are assigned for field investigation based on the seriousness of the offense, solvability, and investigative experience. UCPD investigators often partner with the Chicago Police Department detectives to solve and clear a case. Investigators work closely with the Dean of Students office to assist victims and witnesses as much as possible. Partnerships are critical with the Chicago Police Departments 002nd District and their Central Area detectives.
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