The Patrol Section is the backbone of the UCPD. It is the largest component of the department and led by a Police Captain. The section is made up of Connecticut POST certified police officers with the authority to enforce state and local laws (CGS 10a-156b), as well as being sworn constables in the Town of Mansfield.
These men and women are the first responders on the UConn campus, as well as in the town of Mansfield, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Patrol Officers respond to calls for police services and emergency 911 calls in the same way as any municipal police department.
In addition, officers work in partnership with members of our community in seeking out and resolving problems in order to enhance quality of life and public safety.
Paying Tribute in UConn’s Name
The UCPD Honor Guard’s purpose is to represent the Department and the University at funerals, sporting events and other ceremonial occasions – adding to those occasions a level of pomp, professionalism, honor and respect.
It is our goal to portray a positive image to the community in which we serve. The Honor Guard is made up of highly trained and motivated members who are dedicated to this purpose.
Events include, but are not limited to, funerals for fallen police personnel, presentation of colors, parades, educational events, sporting events and various community ceremonies.
For Honor Guard requests, please contact Sergeant Fensley at 860-486-4800.
Revving Up Community Law Enforcement
In October of 1990, the UCPD introduced its motorcycle unit. These highly maneuverable vehicles are indispensable for traffic control and enforcement. During sporting events and other high traffic occurrences, Motor Unit Officers have the ability to move through areas of traffic congestion and operate where standard patrol vehicles cannot.
These highly-trained Motor Unit Officers conduct traffic safety operations, enforce speed limits and act as escorts for visiting dignitaries and funeral processions, as well as assist with community programs and other special community events.
Going Where Patrol Cars Can’t
The UCPD has a number of officers trained in the use of patrol bicycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). These pieces of equipment offer added maneuverability and increased visibility to the public in areas where patrol by vehicle may be difficult or impossible. Officers are trained in the use of the bikes and ATVs and undergo routine recertification.
Keeping You Safe in High-Risk Situations
The Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) is a multi-agency regional tactical team staffed by dedicated and highly trained police officers from UConn, Manchester, Glastonbury, Vernon, South Windsor, Wethersfield, Enfield, East Windsor, Coventry, Rocky Hill and Cromwell. The mission of CREST is to provide a tactical response to critical incidents in member jurisdictions.
Some critical incidents handled by CREST include: hostage situations, barricaded suspects, certain weapons calls, high risk arrests, high risk warrant service and special assignments as executive protection.
The UCPD currently has 2 officers assigned to CREST. Officers are chosen based on their physical fitness abilities, marksmanship, decision-making ability and dedication to duty.
A Special Breed of Law Enforcers
The K-9 Unit provides trained police canine teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime. Our teams help locate persons and contraband sought by the police to promote a favorable public image of the Department and to carry out other duties at hand.
A police K-9 and its handler are trained to search for missing persons, locate evidence and detect narcotics. The dogs’ keen sense of hearing and smell make the searching of buildings and other unknown areas much more effective and safer for law enforcement personnel.
The K-9s are the property of the Department but are cared for by the Officers themselves. Each team certifies yearly with the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association (C.P.W.D.A) and the North American Police Work Dog Association (N.A.P.W.D.A).
The K-9 Olympics
The Connecticut K-9 Olympics is a decades-long tradition in CT law enforcement. The event is a daylong competition involving K-9 units from local police departments, UConn Police, CT State Police and the Department of Corrections.
Teams are evaluated during a competition in an arena-style setting. Areas of competition include, but are not limited to, obedience, obstacles, building search, marksmanship and a criminal apprehension drill.
Money raised through the sales of shirts, food and donations is then donated to local charities. Past recipients included The Hometown Foundation, CT Special Olympics, “CHIPS” program, Shriners Children’s Burn Centers, Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) as well as many other deserving charities. The K-9 Olympics are free and open to the public.
Citizen’s Police Academy
The UConn Police Department sponsors an annual Citizen’s Police Academy during the fall academic semester. The academy is held for approximately eleven weeks. The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between the police department and the community through education.
UConn students, staff, faculty and Town of Mansfield residents are eligible to apply. The academy is open to a limited number of people who will be selected after a background screening is conducted, which may include a criminal history check, personal reference check and interview.
The courses are designed to move quickly and be informative as well as interesting. Several courses will consist of practical, hands-on training. A ride-a-long with a UConn Police Officer while on duty will be available during the program. Some of the topics to be discussed include motor vehicle law, DUI law, narcotics, patrol procedures, K-9 demonstration, crime scene forensics, critical incident management, use of force and firearms safety.
For more information, please contact Lieutenant Gary Andruskiewicz at 860-486-4800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.