Anchorage Campus - Safety & Security Services
The UAA Anchorage Campus is relatively safe, but crimes do occur here. The University Police Department (UPD), with jurisdiction over the campus in Anchorage, has commissioned police officers and dispatchers present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. Although UPD can do certain things to minimize criminal activities, they cannot prevent these crimes without the full support of students, faculty, and staff.
University Police Department (UPD)
The University Police Department at the Anchorage campus employs full time, professional police officers, certified by the Alaska Police Standards Council. UPD officers are responsible for enforcing Alaska State Statutes, investigating incidents, arresting perpetrators of criminal activity and maintaining order on Anchorage campus and surrounding property. University Police respond to calls elsewhere in Anchorage as requested and/or needed by other local law enforcement agencies. University Police may enforce Alaska State statutes anywhere within the State of Alaska.
The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, that occur on the Anchorage campus is conducted at the Third District Court of Alaska in Anchorage. Cases involving juveniles are referred to the appropriate agency. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by University students, staff, or faculty, UPD may also refer the matter to the Dean of Students Office, Human Resources, and Provosts Office, respectively.
As needed or requested, the University Police will conduct joint investigative efforts with investigators from the Anchorage Police Department (APD), the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD), the Alaska State Troopers (AST) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies. The University Police Department, with cooperation of the Municipality of Anchorage, has completed the project of obtaining Interoperable radio communications with other law enforcement, public safety, fire and emergency medical responders in our area, and continues to look for ares of improvement with interoperable communications.
The University Police Department utilizes the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (ASPIN) and National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network (NLETS) terminals. Through these systems, police personnel can access the State of Alaska computer system and the National Crime Information Center computer system. These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.
UPD officers also provide special services unique to the University setting. Those services include maintaining security of University buildings, providing crime prevention classes to students and employees, providing safety escorts, vehicle unlocks, and vehicle jumpstarts on campus.
Silent Witness is a program where anyone may anonymously report criminal or other suspicious activity at UAA to University Police. To file an anonymous report, concerned citizens may submit a form on the Silent Witness webpage. Types of crime/incidents reportable on the form include alcohol/drugs, domestic violence/abuse, stalking/harassment, assault, and disruptive/concerning behavior. The form asks individuals to report the location, date/time, and description of the incident as well as subjects involved.
Information submitted via this form is reviewed by the University Police Department from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, excluding UAA holidays. The Silent Witness program should not be used to report crimes in progress. To report crimes in progress, call University Police at 786-1120 or dial 911 in the case of an emergency. The website address for the Silent Witness program is: www.uaa.edu/upd/sw.cfm.
UPD Call Log and Public Notice of Criminal Activity
The Anchorage campus, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Kenai Peninsula College-Kenai River campus each maintain a daily log of all allegations of crimes reported to them that have occurred on campus and at off-campus University properties. The log maintains basic information on crime, including the nature of the crime; the time, date, and location of the crime; the date and time the crime was reported; and the disposition of the incident.
The crime log of the past 60 days is available upon request from the University Police Department. Crime logs are available upon request for up to the past seven years. Information may be temporarily withheld if certain requirements are met, such as if sharing the information may jeopardize an on-going investigation or jeopardize the safety of an individual. The following agencies maintain crime logs at these campuses:
The University Police Department has established working relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities. A memorandum of understanding establishes a mutual aid agreement between UPD and the Anchorage Police Department. The Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Police, Homer Police, Soldotna Police, and Kodiak Police all cooperate in providing records used to compile UAA campus crime and arrest statistics.
UPD enjoys an especially good relationship with the Anchorage Police Department. The exercise of that authority is described in a mutual aid agreement between UPD and APD that outlines that each police department will assist each other when needed. APD will have primary jurisdiction of crimes occurring off campus. UPD will have primary jurisdiction of crimes on campus. Special needs are communicated between police departments as they occur.
The Anchorage campus Call Team provides jumpstarts, vehicle unlocks, and walking safety escorts. Should you need assistance on campus, the Call Team can be reached at 786-1103. Staff are available to assist you Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during fall and spring semesters. Summer semester, staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. At any other time, University Police can provide these services.