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.

Women Learn Self-Defense Moves, Tips in UCFPD First Class of 2016

Posted January 28, 2016

Preparedness is the key to keeping yourself safe, UCFPD Ofc. Peter Stephens explained to the women attending a self-defense class hosted by the department Tuesday night.

“A lot of times you’re not paying attention to what’s going on, and women are often the targets of this type of activity, so we want to make them as well-prepared as we possibly can,” said Ofc. Stephens, a member of the police department since 2010. Mental and physical readiness are key to empowerment, he said.

UCFPD Asking For Help to Identify Burglary and Theft Suspect

Posted January 15, 2016

The UCF Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of burglary and theft inside the UCF Performing Arts Center.

The crime took place between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The stolen items-- a projector, a wireless access point and an American flag-- were reported to police around 9 a.m. Thursday.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video and was described by witnesses as a tall, white, college-aged man with dark hair.

New Semester Safety Update

Posted January 15, 2016

With the new semester under way, I share a few updates on behalf of the UCF Police Department.

On Nov. 16, UCF emailed you about a sexual battery that took place at Knights Circle.

UCFPD diligently investigated the incident and on Dec. 25 arrested Edward Santana Thorpe for lewd or lascivious battery of a minor. Neither Thorpe nor the victim have any UCF affiliation. However, Thorpe was staying at Knights Circle with his girlfriend.

UCFPD Officers Receive Heroin Anti-Drug Training

Posted December 11, 2015

About 15 UCF police officers on Friday received training on how to administer Naloxone, which can counter the effects of a drug overdose.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that when injected can counter drugs such as heroin, displacing them from the body and brain and reversing their potentially deadly effects.

By 2016, all UCFPD officers will have received training on how to recognize an overdose and administer Naloxone. Officers on shift will carry the drug with them.

A grant made a donation of 150 doses to UCF possible.

Be Safe This Holiday Season

Posted November 23, 2015

With Thanksgiving this week and the holiday season around the corner, the UCF Police Department reminds you to keep safety top of mind.

If you will be away from UCF during the holidays, make sure to take expensive items such as jewelry, laptops and other valuables with you. Have a friend or trusted neighbor collect any mail, packages or newspapers, or ask the U.S. Postal Service to hold your mail until you return.

UCF Police: Buckle Up This Thanksgiving

Posted November 19, 2015

The UCF Police Department is joining agencies across the country in a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement wave that will go through Nov. 30.

Starting this week, UCFPD is stepping up enforcement and will issue citations to drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. The campaign is tied with Thanksgiving, when more activity on the roads means greater risk.

Seat belts can help prevent serious injuries during accidents and ultimately save lives. The simple step of buckling up makes roads safer for everyone.

UCFPD Hosts Expo to Showcase Risks of Impaired Driving

Posted November 17, 2015

Students will learn about the risks associated with alcohol and driving during a DUI expo to be held Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The expo will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. near the Recreation and Wellness Center. The event, organized by the UCF Police Department, will include several demonstrations to educate students about how alcohol, drugs and distraction affect their abilities.

Be Safe This Halloween

Posted October 29, 2015

With Halloween approaching, I remind you to pay extra attention to safety.

As a Knight, you have a responsibility to remain vigilant about your safety and to look out for each other.

Keeping you safe is our responsibility as well, and UCF Police officers will be taking extra steps to protect our community this weekend.

Additional staffing will be dedicated to looking out for impaired drivers, underage drinking, fake IDs and other dangerous partying behavior.