Developing relationships is an important aspect of our job as UNM Police
Officers. Officers work together with our campus community to identify,
prioritize, and solve contemporary problems such as crime, drugs, fear of
crime, social and physical disorder with the goal of improving the overall
quality of life on campus.
Focus on Prevention
We are not just about law enforcement. The role of UNM Police is also one
of guidance and education. We want people to make good decisions and to be
aware of potential threats to their safety. UNM Police work closely with other
departments to ensure resources are known and used. Safety talks, environmental
safety assessments, and interaction with the community at events on campus
takes safety to another level, fostering confidence in the Police Department’s
ability to keep the community safe, as well as consistently improving our
services. Our job is to actively address and reduce crime.
UNM Police work with a very diverse community. The background, cultures, and
life experiences are diverse within the student population. When we see the
opportunity to change the path a student is taking, resources on campus can
have a monumental impact on that student’s life. The Dean of Students Office has the ability to guide
students into a positive direction and are used frequently to address behavior
on campus. Criminal conduct is also reported to the Dean of Students Office to
ban individuals from University property.
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UNM Police look for Officers who have people skills and are excellent
communicators. It takes a special kind of person to be able to handle the
constantly changing and diverse community at UNM. Officers have to be sensitive
and compassionate while interacting with community members but need to respond
to and handle the criminal element in the most effective manner. All UNM Police
Officers are trained in CIT, (Crisis Intervention Team), to de-escalate crisis
Campus Police Undergo
UNM Police have all the training traditional police have, plus more. These include
training in the Clery Act, Title IX, HIPPA, and FERPA compliance. UNM Police
are all trained to handle crisis and mental health interventions.
Quick Response Time
When you need UNM Police, we are quick to respond. UNM has over 250 buildings
with over 900 alarmed areas. Officers have to know how to get through areas
quickly in many different situations, including getting ambulances or fire
trucks to the interior of campus during an emergency.