Campus law enforcement is primarily the responsibility of The University of Akron Police Department (UAPD.) The University's full-time police officers are designated by statute as the law enforcement officers of the university and are commissioned by the State of Ohio with full law enforcement authority identical to that of a municipal police officer or sheriff's deputy (Ohio Revised Code §3345.04.) The mission for every member of UAPD is to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality services to members of the community, and each officer's oath of office is a personal commitment to the rule of law and constitutional limitations of police authority.
UAPD officers meet or exceed the training standards of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and receive ongoing in-service and specialized training. UAPD enforces all laws of the State of Ohio and the City of Akron, as well as being responsible for public safety services such as crime prevention, medical emergencies, fire emergencies and traffic accidents. UAPD is empowered to use investigative authority on reasonable suspicion of crime, to search and arrest as authorized by law and to use reasonable and necessary force to enforce all laws and protect property on all University property.
UAPD works closely with other law enforcement agencies and law enforcement information is shared through personal contacts and technological interaction. In addition, reports are regularly exchanged among agencies, so that all agencies share pertinent information.
In addition, the University maintains mutual aid agreements with several law enforcement agencies, including the cities of Akron and Orrville, and UAPD may enforce the law as provided by these mutual aid compacts. Copies of these mutual aid agreements are available here:
In particular, UAPD has established a strong working relationship with the City of Akron Police Department and through its agreement with the City of Akron, UAPD has been given authority to engage in patrol, crime interdiction and joint crime prevention projects in the neighborhoods near to the Akron campus.
UAPD provides law enforcement services to all campuses 24-hour-a-day, 7 days a week. Response areas include all parking lots, residence halls (including fraternity and sorority houses) and, in coordination with the City of Akron Police Department, nearby off campus neighborhoods.
The police station is located in the Physical Facilities Operations Center at the corner of Forge and Hill Streets. (GPS location of 146 Hill Street, Akron, OH 44325.) Show on map.
UAPD is staffed 24 hours every day of the year, to receive reports and investigate crimes. Emergency telephone service, 9-1-1, is available without coin from all campus phones and over 250 direct emergency phones located throughout campus. Walk-in service is available every hour of every day. Non-emergency phone contact is also always available by calling 330.972.2911. Specific questions may also be directed to UAPD through electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Akron has primary law enforcement responsibility for the off-campus areas adjacent to the University’s Akron campus.
The City of Orrville has primary law enforcement responsibility for the off-campus areas adjacent to the Wayne campus.
The Cities of Akron and Orrville and the University have mutual aid agreements that allow UAPD to assist the cities with off-campus incidents.
The University, through its relationships with the cities of Akron and Orrville police departments, also is able to monitor and record the activities of off-campus student organizations (including those with off-campus residential facilities) when they are engaged in off-campus criminal incidents.
The University also has the authority to address off-campus conduct in accordance with its Code of Student Conduct.