Bureau of Field Operations
The Bureau of Field Operations is responsible for the Uniform Patrol Division, Traffic Unit and Advanced Service Teams which provide the patrol duties and respond to calls for service for the University community.
Uniform Patrol Division
The Patrol Division consists of highly trained men and women whose charge is to protect and serve the University community. Operating year-round and 24 hours per day, the Patrol Division is consistently striving for ways in which the University community can continue to be a safe and secure learning environment.
Making up more than two-thirds of our Department’s personnel, our patrol officers perform a variety of functions aimed at building and sustaining a safe learning environment for the University of Georgia, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Division is the largest and most visible aspect of the Police Department, and serves at the forefront of police operations. Patrol officers recognize that a service-oriented attitude is a vital part of effective policing, and our personnel work actively to maintain the positive police-community relationships we value. Whether on patrol, responding to emergency calls for assistance, or simply providing information about our campus, our uniformed officers are here to ensure that your experience on campus is a safe one.
The primary focus of the Patrol Division is ensuring the safety and security of the University community, including students, employees, and visitors. This goal is accomplished daily through routine patrols, traffic enforcement, response to calls for assistance, and public engagement. Most often, our officers work in uniform and operate patrol vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. However, given the ever-changing environment of the University community, patrol officers and supervisors utilize and adapt their patrol techniques, and use strategies such as foot patrol and outreach to meet the needs of the community.
Our department is deeply committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism in order to fulfill its mission. To facilitate this, our officers engage in a number of advanced training courses, which enable them to stay on the cutting edge of current legal decisions and modern police tactics. Each newly-hired officer attends a 408-hour basic law enforcement course at one of the state’s regional police academies. Once certified, officers undergo a rigorous field training program within the Department to build their understanding of the decision-making and problem-solving expected of our personnel. All officers can expect to attend advanced training courses that focus on topics such as constitutional policing, communications skills, mental health crisis response, advanced defensive tactics techniques and firearms training.
In 2005, the University of Georgia Police Department established the Traffic Unit to focus on roadway safety in the University community. Officers assigned to the Traffic Unit received a great deal of advanced training on topics related to traffic safety and accident investigation, and use a combination of data analysis and thoughtful traffic enforcement strategies to reduce the number of crashes on or near campus. The Traffic Unit also offers educational opportunities for the UGA community, with an emphasis on minimizing traffic and pedestrian accidents. The innovative traffic safety efforts of the Traffic Unit personnel have earned them a number of awards and formal recognition, at the state and national level.