Community Resources Section
The UMass Lowell Police Department takes a proactive and community-oriented approach to crime prevention. Our outreach and crime prevention programs help officers build relationships with the people who live and work on campus. Because they are well integrated into campus life, officers are able to identify problems and concerns before they become crises. In the past several years, the UMass Lowell Police Department has worked to increase the visibility and accessibility of our officers, which helps prevent criminal activity.
Outreach is the backbone of the UMass Lowell Police Department community policing initiative, and we offer several programs designed to foster community involvement, cooperation and communication. Coordinating these programs are Community Resource Officers Joseph Brown and Samantha Hudson. Our Community Resource Officers conduct residence hall talks and security surveys, and initiate crime prevention and awareness efforts such as 360 Stay Safe, Impairment Goggles and R.A.D. programs. The campus community has embraced these programs, which have helped members of the community become more aware of their personal security as well as that of their property.
Criminal Investigative Section
As with any community of similar size, criminal activity and emergencies do occur on campus. Although crime occurs in every community, the University has been fortunate to have few reported serious crimes. The University makes every attempt to be proactive and to prevent such incidents.
The UMass Lowell Police Department's Investigative Section has responsibilities which include the investigation of criminal and civil complaints and assistance and support of victims of criminal behavior. The section also serves as the liaison with outside agencies.
The UMass Lowell Police Department's Legal Section has the responsibility of processing cases through the court system. This includes submitting paperwork for arrests and summonses and tracking the cases through to disposition. Responsibilities include acting as the department’s representative for show cause hearings, motor vehicle appeals, arraignments, pre-trial hearings, motions and trials. This section is also responsible for fulfilling discovery requests, tracking evidence for court and destruction, and serving summonses, as well as assisting victims with support services such as restitution hearings and restraining orders.