YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
safety and security are of prime concern at The University
of New Mexico and we at the UNM Police Department are
working hard to ensure the campus is a safe place to
live, learn, work and play. UNM is not, however, exempt
from crime. We are doing our part to prevent crimes,
but to be safe and secure, YOU must take common sense
precautions, be alert and look out for others. Maintaining
an effective police department is a community effort,
and together we can ensure UNM remains safe.
PHONE NUMBERS TO CALL
Non-emergency: 277-2241 TDD: 277-0888
of Students: 277-3361
Health Center: 277-3136
& Food Services: 277-4707
Non-Emergency: 242-COPS (2677)
County Sheriff Non-emergency: 768-4160
mission of the University of New Mexico Police Department
is to provide the University with exceptional police
services for the preservation of human rights and the
protection of people and property. These services will
be provided with an emphasis on proactive measures,
minimizing the need for reactive responses. We will
strive for positive interaction with outside agencies
and maintain a strong, cooperative relationship with
the community by respecting differences and fostering
a better understanding through communication.
HOW UNM PROTECTS YOU
UNM Police Department is here to protect you and offers
numerous services to ensure your safety.
UNM Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year to respond to your needs. All UNM police officers
are required to meet state certification standards mandated
by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
Police officers are commissioned by The University of
New Mexico Board of Regents (Section 29-5-2 NMSA 1978
(1997 Repl.)). They have full power of peace officers
on campus, including the authority to enforce all applicable
laws, ordinances and campus traffic regulations, and
the authority to arrest. Officers are also commissioned
through the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.
The UNM Police Department investigates complaints of
on-campus criminal activity, working closely with the
District Attorney's Office to ensure effective prosecution.
Through an agreement with the Albuquerque Police Department,
UNM Police enforce Federal and State laws and regulations
in the fraternity/sorority and student housing areas.
Police encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors
to promptly report all crimes. Crimes occurring on campus
should be reported to UNM Police at 277-2241. Crimes
committed off the UNM Campus should be reported to the
appropriate police agency (Albuquerque Police Department,
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, etc.).
an emergency you may dial 911. The 911 system automatically
traces the location of all calls, which enables officers
to respond even when a caller cannot provide the location.
When you are on campus and dial 911, your call will
be received by The UNM Police Department, and if you
are off-campus, the call will be received by the Albuquerque
Police Department. Outside of the Albuquerque Metro
area, you will reach the appropriate law enforcement
agency where the 911 System is utilized.
telephones providing emergency services for the deaf
are placed at various locations on the UNM campus. The
University Police Department is equipped with a Telephone
Device for the Deaf (TDD), 277-0888 for 24-hour service.
telephones which are direct lines to the Police Communications
Office are located throughout the UNM campus. You may
use the emergency telephone by opening the telephone
box and pressing the button. The Police Dispatcher will
answer the telephone promptly, and you will be able
to relate the nature of your emergency. Also, a blue
light over the telephone will flash for the duration
of the call to assist emergency personnel in locating
the caller. We ask that you call 277-2241 to report
non-emergencies. Emergency telephones will not enable
you to make calls other than directly to the Police
Dispatcher as an EMERGENCY.
the UNM Police Department receives information that
a crime has occurred which represents a continued threat
to the campus community, notices and instructions will
be delivered to students and employees in an effort
to prevent similar crimes. Information will be conveyed
through the campus newspaper, The Daily Lobo; through
electronic communications such as the UNM News Minute,
Inside UNM and e-mail alerts; and orally or through
other appropriate means.
CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS
also offer several crime prevention programs designed
to keep you safe. Services are available free of charge.
We operate a computerized intrusion and fire alarm
system to monitor facilities throughout campus to
enhance personal and building security.
The Police Department strongly recommends that everyone
operating a bicycle at UNM have it registered. Registration
is free and valid for four years. Bicycle registration
is available at the Police Department.
Free brochures and other documents regarding crime
prevention are available at the Police Department
and other campus locations.
We conduct crime prevention presentations at new student
orientations and other events.
Anyone who has witnessed or has information about
a crime should call UNM Crime Stoppers at 277-STOP
We provide 24-hour escort service from the University,
either on foot or in a vehicle within a one-mile radius
of the University campus. Assistance is available
for stalled vehicles or keys locked in vehicles. For
escort service call 277-2241.
The Police Department operates the main lost and found
service for the University.
We participate in the Operation Identification Program.
For assistance, phone 277-2241.
AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:
Parking and Transportation Services provides lighted
shelters at bus stops and offers a reliable shuttle
bus system throughout the campus from remote parking
areas. For additional information, call 277-1930.
A Campus Safety Committee has the responsibility to
study and to make recommendations on improving campus
safety. Safety suggestions should be submitted in
writing and turned in to the Dean of Students Office,
Room 280 at the Student Services Center, or call 277-3361.
TO CAMPUS FACILITIES:
We strive to make our campus safe by limiting access
to buildings after hours. Buildings on campus are
generally open during regular business hours, when
class is in session and for special events. Persons
authorized to remain in a building after closing time
are required to have proper identification at all
times. Police and security personnel conduct frequent
internal and external checks of buildings on campus.
to Student Family Housing is controlled by code access
through an electronic gate. Security guards are on duty
during the evening hours to ensure the safety and security
of the complex and residents.
maintains eight residence halls on campus. Residence
halls are secured at 7 p.m. and entry is controlled
by key access. Visitation policies vary from one residence
hall to another. A professional staff member is on duty
24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Student Residence
advisors are available around the clock in each residence
hall to assist students. Further information can be
obtained from the Residence Hall Handbook. New residents
are briefed on University policies and crime prevention
techniques at an orientation/floor meeting held at the
start of each semester.
very few exceptions, employees, students and visitors
are not permitted to use or possess weapons on any part
of the campus. A weapon includes, but is not limited
to: firearms; ammunition and other dangerous weapons,
substances, or materials; and bombs, explosives, or
incendiary devices. Persons who have such weapons in
their possession must deposit them with the Police Department
for the duration of their stay at UNM. Any person failing
to comply will become subject to appropriate disciplinary
and/or criminal action. The UNM Weapons Policy is printed
in its entirety in The UNM Pathfinder which is available
in the Dean of Students Office (Student Services Center)
and the Student Activities Center (Student Union Building).
The UNM Weapons Policy will be found at http://www.unm.edu/~sac/policies.html#weapons.
have instituted many programs at UNM to ensure your
safety while on campus, but safety really begins with
you. The following are some tips to help protect yourself
If you go out for a late night snack or study break,
go with a friend, not alone.
purposefully. Look confident. Watch where you are
going. Be alert to your surroundings.
well-lighted, well-traveled routes. Avoid short-cuts
through isolated areas.
all doors and close all windows when leaving your
car, whether it is for a few minutes or for several
keys ready when you approach your car. Check the car
for intruders before entering and lock your door immediately
after getting into your car.
lock your bike or motorcycle when leaving it unattended,
even if it is only for a few minutes. Use the U-shaped
high security lock whenever possible.
you witness a crime, call UNM Police immediately.
only first initials and last name in telephone directories.
up immediately on obscene telephone calls.
keep large sums of money in your office, dorm room,
study area or apartment.
doors and windows, even if you are just going out
for a minute. If you are a victim of a crime or become
aware of any suspicious circumstances, call UNM Police