UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools March 31

Posted March 28, 2016

UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of communication tools that provide critical information to students, staff and faculty members, and the public.

Several of those UCF Alert tools will be tested Thursday, March 31. This semester’s testing is timed with KNIGHTSHARE, an annual week of events and training designed to prepare the community to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

UCFPD: Don’t Rely on Luck This St. Paddy’s Day

Posted March 17, 2016

The UCF Police Department reminds anyone who will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend to keep safety top of mind.

With festivities planned in the UCF area over the next several days, UCFPD will have an increased presence near campus and is sharing simple tips to help all those celebrating enjoy themselves responsibly.

County-Wide DUI Detail Starts at UCF Friday

Posted March 10, 2016

The UCF Police Department on Friday will join agencies from across Central Florida on a county-wide DUI detail.

The multi-jurisdictional effort, a collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and numerous other agencies, will target impaired drivers near UCF and throughout Orange County. It will run from 9 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

As part of the detail, drivers suspected of being under the influence could be pulled over by police and asked to complete a roadside sobriety test.

UCFPD: Be Safe This Spring Break

Posted March 4, 2016

As Spring Break starts, the UCF Police Department reminds students of a few simple ways to have a safe and enjoyable break.

If you’ll be traveling, check that all the windows and doors of your home are locked before you leave. If you are leaving your car behind, make sure windows are rolled up and doors are locked.

Remove valuables from your car and take any expensive items, such as laptops, jewelry and electronics with you, or store them somewhere safe and out of sight.

Now Hiring: UCFPD Adding to its Dispatch Team

Posted March 1, 2016

UCF Police is adding staff to the hub of its department—the state-of-the-art, 24-hour communications center that receives all of the campus’ 911 calls.

A UCFPD dispatcher job posting will be added to on Friday, March 4. The application will be open for two weeks, and UCFPD is hoping to hire two new dispatchers.

UCFPD Reports Decrease in Crime for 2015

Posted February 16, 2016

Crime at UCF is down, according to the 2015 Uniform Crime Report released by the UCF Police Department this month.

There was a 31 percent decrease in violent crime, and property crimes dropped by 24 percent compared to 2014. Nearly every other category saw a reduction or stayed constant.

The full report is available here.

UCFPD Celebrates Year of Success and Dedication

Posted February 4, 2016

UCF Police officers, employees and campus and community partners gathered Thursday at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center to celebrate a year of hard work and success.

UCFPD staff members and supporters were honored for their contributions with awards presented by UCF Police Chief Richard Beary and Deputy Chiefs Carl Metzger and Brett Meade.

Intrusion into UCF Network Involves Personal Data

Posted February 4, 2016

An intrusion into the University of Central Florida’s computer network has resulted in unauthorized access to certain personal information of some current and former students and employees.

After UCF discovered the unauthorized access in January, university officials immediately reported the incident to law enforcement and launched an internal investigation with the assistance of a national digital forensics firm.

Major Retires Following 28 Years of Service with UCFPD

Posted February 2, 2016

UCF has changed a lot over the course of Maj. Randy Mingo’s 28 years with the UCF Police Department.

When he started at the university, UCF only had 36 buildings compared to the current 179. There were no late-night bite spots, a big change from the dozen options that now line Alafaya Trail and University Boulevard. He once filled multiple binders with his contacts’ business cards until email changed the game.

One thing that’s stayed the same?

Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About UCFPD

Posted January 28, 2016

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on March 2, 2016, to conduct an on-site assessment of the UCF Police Department.

This review is part of the department’s re-accreditation process, which includes examination of its policies, procedures, management, operations, support services, and compliance with about 260 standards.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues.  Copies of the standards can be obtained by calling 407- 823-5007.