The University of Massachusetts Lowell, one of five campuses of the UMass system, is a community of more than 15,000 students, staff and faculty within a city of approximately 100,000 persons. UMass Lowell is both a center for higher education and a vibrant, active community. As with any community of similar size, the UMass Lowell Police Department must work to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies, with the additional responsibility of maintaining a safe campus where education and research can thrive, and where students, staff and faculty can achieve their goals free from the concerns of personal and campus safety. This mission guides all of our work.
In order to ensure a safe campus, the UMass Lowell Police Department takes a community policing approach to public safety. This comprehensive way of thinking enables officers to be proactive, determining why problems happen and working on solutions rather than simply responding to each emergency. Community policing is developed through careful training of our officers, outreach programs, and problem-solving partnerships with faculty, staff and students, our Lowell neighbors, and state and local government.
UMass Lowell Police Officers attend the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) training academy and possess powers, authority and responsibilities that mirror that of the municipal police officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We strive to uphold the highest ethical and performance standards in our policies, procedures and actions.
Our department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing patrol, investigation, specialized and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services. Our officers are a familiar presence in the residence halls, working closely with staff and security to maintain a safe environment. They utilize a variety of policing options that provide greater maneuverability and an increased presence, allowing officers to get to know students, faculty and staff. These include motorcycle, T-3, bicycle and foot patrols.