To all Members of the University of Florida Community,
We at the University of Florida Police Department hold each of our police officers and non-sworn staff to the Values of our Department: Justice, Professionalism, Trust, Service, and Integrity. But above all else, we value transparency.
We are continuing to evaluate the policies and procedures that inform our everyday work in order to establish stronger relationships with our Community and to make UF a safe campus for all.
We hope this page will give some insight into what we are actively working to address and the direction we will be taking UFPD in the coming weeks to continue our ever-present mission to preserve the safety of the Gator Nation.
Chief Linda J. Stump-Kurnick
- Justice: All department members are committed to the administration of law and order based on the constitutional idea of justice for all where every citizen will be treated with dignity, fairness and respect.
- Professionalism: All department members will display attitudes, actions and behaviors that result in serving the highest interests of the campus community above their own.
- Trust: All department members will conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the university community by exercising wisdom, compassion and commitment to honesty and justice.
- Service: As members of a law enforcement agency, we recognize that we are servants of the public. As such, we are duty bound to the highest level of community service in the protection of life and property.
- Integrity: All department members are expected to espouse the highest moral standards, always conducting themselves in a manner that is fair, ethical, legal and that portrays a sense of duty and honor.
Above all, we value transparency.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
First Year of Accreditation: 1996
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
- Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
First Year of Accreditation: 1997
The CFA was established by charter December 13, 1994 and incorporated on February 9, 1995. It is an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated as the accrediting body for Florida law enforcement and inspectors general accreditation. The Commission's purpose is to establish a program for accreditation that can be achieved by all Florida law enforcement agencies and Inspectors general investigations offices. The Commission is comprised of 15 volunteer members:
- Five sheriffs appointed by the FSA
- Five police chiefs appointed by the FPCA
- Representative appointed by the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association
- Mayor, city commissioner, city manager, or other representative appointed by the Florida League of Cities
- County commissioner appointed by the Florida Association of Counties
- Appellate or Circuit Court Judge appointed by the Florida Supreme Court
- Representative appointed by the Office of the Chief Inspector General
The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
First Year of Accreditation: 2007
IACLEA was created by 11 college and university security directors who met in November of 1958 at Arizona State University to discuss job challenges and mutual problems and to create a clearinghouse for information on issues that campus public safety directors across the country share. Today, IACLEA has more than 4,200 members representing 1,000+ institutions of higher education in 11 countries.
CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM
CIRT was created at the request of the Florida Board of Governors after the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shooting in 2007 that left 33 people dead, including the shooter, who was a student in his senior year. The importance of CIRT continued to be apparent in 2014 after three people were shot at a Florida State Library, also leaving dead the shooter, an FSU graduate.
These officers are dispersed throughout the Department in the hope of having at least one additionally trained officer working at all times. According to the FBI, 80% of active shooter incidents in 2019 were stopped by law enforcement. And shooters were more likely than previous years to wear body armor, which reinforces the need of responding officers to have greater fire power than the traditional handgun. Research has also shown that more than 70% of active shooter incidents are over in five minutes or less. Although GPD and ASO have officers trained in advanced tactics, their response time would be well outside the average five minutes.The geography and access controls of campus would greatly hinder their response as well.
Although this supports the importance of having UFPD officers trained and equipped to respond to active shooters on campus, the University recognizes seeking to avoid these tragedies is the preferred result. As such, UFPD and UF continue to be dedicated to supporting prevention efforts through threat assessments and community education.
The UFPD Training Division provides in-service training twice a year to sworn UFPD employees in order to meet and exceed the continuing education/training requirements as outlined by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).
Upcoming Training Events
- July 2020: Department-Wide Implicit Bias Training
- August 2020: In-Service Training for select officers
- September 2020: Two officers attending Criminal Justice Ethics Training
Current Items Consistently Reviewed:
- Annual Use of Force Reviews
- Annual Review of Bias-Based Profiling
- Annual Review of Employee Demographics
- Monthly Review of Body Worn Cameras (BMC) and In-Car Camera Videos