Our Responsibilities

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) has worked to keep our communities safe for more than 40 years. This professionally trained, CALEA-accredited police department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed with state-certified officers.

UCPD leadership, which includes a chief of police and a command staff, oversees the department’s policies, crime prevention strategies, and community outreach efforts, while UCPD command staff sets the overall direction of the agency and supervisors guide officers in their day-to-day work.

The Illinois Private College Campus Police Act (110 ILCS 1020/) authorizes the University of Chicago and other private higher education institutions in Illinois to appoint campus police departments. It is from this statute that members of private campus police departments in Illinois, including the UCPD, derive their authority to act as municipal peace officers on their campuses, University property, and contiguous public property. UCPD officers are also authorized as peace officers for an extended jurisdiction off campus in accordance with Chicago City Ordinance, most recently Ordinance O2011-7316. The City Council has expanded the UCPD’s jurisdiction to assist the Chicago Police Department with the needs of the communities surrounding the University. The measure was developed in response to community needs and requests from community leaders for the University to play a role in public safety and other issues of concern to residents.

The UCPD has primary responsibility for patrolling the University of Chicago campus and University property, and serves in a supportive role in the extended patrol area where the Chicago Police Department is the primary policing agency.