The UI Police Department’s primary jurisdiction is campus and property adjacent to campus. However, UI police officers also provide mutual aid for community law enforcement partners and the authority of UI Police Officers extends across the state.
UI Police officers are highly trained professionals. Our officers undergo extensive training that exceeds standards set by the state of Iowa to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the variety of situations that can occur on a college campus.
We all have a role to play in supporting campus safety. If you witness something that is a threat to public safety or an individual on campus, you are strongly encouraged to report it to UI Police as soon as possible.
If it's an emergency, call 911.
If it is not an emergency, call the non-emergency line at 319-335-5022. A police officer will be dispatched to your location to take a report. In most situations, a witness statement will be taken to gather the information accurately.
During an investigation, UI police gather information and collect evidence from victims, witnesses, impacted parties, and the accused (if a suspect has been identified).
UI Police will investigate a potential crime until all leads have been exhausted, so long as the victim wants to pursue charges. UI Police do their best to provide updates to the victim throughout the process.
To learn more about reporting to UI Police, visit: police.uiowa.edu/report.
To learn more about the investigation process, visit: police.uiowa.edu/investigations.
Candidates must successfully complete the following steps in the hiring process in order to be eligible for openings.
- Submit application
- Physical agility test
- National Police Officer Selection Test (POST)
- Completion of recruitment packet (criminal and motor vehicle records, credit history)
- Thorough background investigation and driver’s license verification
- MMPI II Test
- Medical physical (including vision and hearing)
- Drug screen
All UI Police Officers are required to earn certification through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
Following their certification, all police officers are required to successfully complete an intensive filed-training program before working independently.
To learn more about career opportunities, see: safety.uiowa.edu/careers.
The UI Police Department is led by the Chief of Police and a dedicated command staff of lieutenants and sergeants.
UIPD is a part of the Campus Safety organization, which is overseen by the Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety.
Our ride-along program aims to foster transparency, trust, and relationship building by inviting members of the community to witness the decision-making processes, collaboration with community partners, tactics and protocols employed by law enforcement in their efforts to maintain public safety. Eligible participants will be required to sign waiver of liability before the ride-along.
To learn more and make a request, call our non-emergency line 319-335-5022.
To learn more about Campus Safety, visit the general FAQ page.