Alleged Armed Robbery a False Report

Posted January 30, 2015

UCF Police detectives have determined that a report of a strong arm robbery on campus Wednesday night was false.

Detectives responded to the scene and made contact with the female victim, who alleged that the suspects pulled their car up next to her, implied they had a weapon and demanded she hand over her purse.

No evidence indicative of a robbery was found at the scene, and the woman did not have much information about what took place.

In retracing the victim’s steps from that night, video evidence indicated inconsistencies in the woman’s story.

UCF Police Unveil New Recruiting Car, Start Hiring Campaign

Posted January 29, 2015

The University of Central Florida Police Department is putting the pedal to the metal on hiring new officers.

A new UCF-themed police recruitment cruiser hit the road Monday, Jan. 26. The hope is that the new car—which incorporates UCF landmarks in its design—will attract the attention of rookie and veteran officers who want a career in community policing.

The agency hopes to add about 15 new officers each year over the next several years, and the hiring surge will put more officers out on patrol as UCF’s enrollment continues to increase.

Regional Emergency Exercise the Highlight of Semester’s Safety Activities

Posted January 28, 2015

Activities planned for this semester will help members of the UCF community plan for disasters and protect themselves and their property.

The March 12 region-wide emergency exercise that will bring first responders from across Central Florida to UCF to work through a simulated crisis is among this spring’s highlights.

Led by UCF’s Office of Emergency Management, the exercise will allow police officers, firefighters and other agencies to practice critical response and test new techniques that are crucial in keeping the community safe.

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary to Lead International Chiefs Association

Posted October 20, 2014

With 37 years in law enforcement under his belt, it’s unusual for University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary to experience firsts.

But later this month, he’ll be front and center for a historical occasion: On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Beary will be sworn in as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, marking the first time the chief of a university or college law enforcement agency has held the title.

UCF Police Sgt. Earns National Law Enforcement Leadership Award

Posted October 15, 2014

Whether you’re a police officer responding to the scary unknown or a defensive lineman working to contain the offense, Christopher Gavette is the type of guy you want on your team.

The UCF Police Sergeant prioritizes being there for others, giving back to the community and serving as a role model.

“Being a police officer is not about riding around in a car,” Gavette said. “It’s about getting out there, shaking hands and making this a better community to be a part of.”

UCF’s ‘Light Up the Night’ Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence

Posted October 2, 2014

The University of Central Florida will honor the lives of domestic violence victims and host a discussion about the impact intimate partner violence has on the community during the 7th annual Light Up the Night event.

Light Up the Night is held each October as an observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event, put on by UCF Victim Services, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. It is open to the public.

Toss Old, Unused Medicine at Drug Take-Back Event

Posted September 22, 2014

Get rid of expired or unused medication the right-- and safe-- way during UCF’s drug take-back event next week.

UCF Police and UCF Health Services will partner to collect expired, unwanted or unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs as part of an anonymous, no-questions-asked national effort to curb drug abuse and safely dispose of unneeded medicine.

UCF’s fifth drug take-back event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, leading up to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take Back-Day, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27.

Learn About Violence Prevention, Community Support and More at UCF Safety Fair

Posted August 29, 2014

The Pegasus Ballroom will turn into a one-stop shop for all things safety-related on Wednesday, Sept. 3, as part of UCF’s annual Safety Fair.

On- and off-campus services related to violence and crime prevention, fire safety, health and wellness, and community awareness and support will be showcased in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the fifth year UCF has held the Safety Fair, which is coordinated by Victim Services in honor of National Campus Safety Awareness Month.

’Not Anymore’ to Help Students Prevent, Respond to Sexual Assaults

Posted July 24, 2014

With crimes such as sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence on the rise nationally, it’s especially important for college students to know how to prevent and respond to those threats.

Education is the best defense in many cases, which is why for the past three years the University of Central Florida has required new students to complete an online sexual assault prevention program.

Simple Tips for a Safe Summer Semester

Posted June 23, 2014

As new and returning Knights start Summer B classes this week, the UCF Police Department reminds them to prioritize safety, just as students prioritize academics, extracurricular activities and socializing with friends.

UCF police officers patrol campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a focus on student safety and crime prevention.

In addition to patrolling campus, the police department offers a variety of free or low-cost services to help students protect themselves and their property.