Making A Difference In Our Community

UAPD Detective Joe Berriman was recognized on 9/22/22 for his excellence in law enforcement services by the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 385. Detective Berriman was nominated for this recognition by a peer detective, Courtland Volker.

Congratulations Detective Berriman for this wonderful achievement and keep up the good work!

Group picture with Det. Berriman

Congratulations to our very own Melissa Valenzuela and Officer Chase Bryan for being selected as UAPD’s MADD award recipients for their work in reducing impaired drivers and promoting safe roadways.


$11,000 was raised at UAPD's Annual Golf Tournament in May 2022. A check was presented to Special Olympics Arizona. 
Thank you to all the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who helped make this event a success!


On March 14, 2022 VETS Indexes announced the winners of the second annual VETS Indexes Employer Awards, recognizing the employers that do the most to hire, retain, and support veterans in the workplace.

During the extensive evaluation process, nearly 120 organizations submitted surveys to be considered for this recognition, including companies large and small, government agencies and departments, and nonprofit groups. VETS Indexes recognizes selected employers with one of the following four award levels: VETS Indexes 5 Star Employer, VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer, VETS Indexes 3 Star Employer, VETS Indexes Recognized Employer.  UAPD was announced as a recipient of the Vet Indexes Three Star Employer Award.

See all the recipients of the 2022 VETS Indexes Employer Awards here: https://vetsindexes.com/award-results-2022/

UAPD is fortunate to have a variety of positions filled by veterans, as indicated below.

Micholjon Amado, Corporal, USMC
Benjamin Bordner, Police Officer, USAF
Edward Eismon, Corporal, USMC
Clinton Gibson, Police Officer, USN
Rene Hernandez, Sergeant, USMC
Todd Kauffman, Corporal, USMC
Colin Keating, Sergeant, USA
Johnny Lollar, Corporal, USAF
Timothy Lopez, Police Officer, USAF
David Lopez, Police Officer, USMC
Alan Nelson, Sergeant, USAF
Estefan Nieves, Police Officer USN
Danny Pickrom, Corporal, USAF
Elvis Sierra, Corporal, USA
Robert Sommerfeld, Assistant Chief, USAF
Andrew Valenzuela, Police Officer, USN
Richard York, Police Officer, US Air National Guard

Thank you for your service to all our UAPD Veterans!

Our own UAPD Explosive Detection Canine “Skip” was in the running for the 2022 Cover Dog competition. While Skip did not finish in the Top 10 to move forward in the competition, he finished in 15th place out of 330 entries!  Plus his entry helped to obtain $780 for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Thank you SKIP!

K9 Skip

We are proud to announce the development of a scholarship by Gamma-Rho of Kappa Sigma fraternity in honor of UAPD Corporal Kevin Barleycorn.

On August 24, 1990, Corporal Barleycorn was killed in the line of duty while responding to an incident at Kappa Sigma on The University of Arizona campus.

Corporal Barleycorn made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community, & the members of Kappa Sigma have chosen to honor his service & sacrifice with a $2500 scholarship for incoming freshmen.

To learn more about this scholarship, visit the Scholarship Universe site.


As we finished our annual toy drive to support Marine Toys for Tots Foundation we were absolutely thrilled with the response & donations from the community.

We received HUNDREDS of toys, equivalent to at least 15 donation boxes over the last few weeks!

We want to thank our partners on The University of Arizona campus including the University of Arizona Psychology Department & Arizona Student Unions, Circle K Cherry location, & of course the large donations from private donors.

Thank you & HAPPY HOLIDAYS from UAPD!!!


Congrats to Officer Spalla & Officer Bryan who were honored at the 32nd Annual MADD Honoring Heroes Recognition Banquet for working to stop DUI's & making our streets safer!


UAPD Officer Courtlandt Volker was awarded the Certificate of Excellence Award by Tucson Elks Lodge 385 for his outstanding service to The University of Arizona community. Ofc. Volker was nominated by UAPD Community Service Officer Calden (pictured in red), who recognized his dedication to service while working along side him.
Thank you for your service Ofc. Volker, & keep up the excellent work!


UAPD Officer Spalla was named the 2021 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation-SALEF Unsung Hero for his outstanding work on and off duty! Congratulations & thank you for your dedication to service!

The University of Arizona Police Department was proud to attend the annual Special Olympics Arizona State Conference and receive recognition for our fundraising efforts in 2019 & 2020! We look forward to keeping up the hard work & thank our community members who helped us reach these amazing goals to support the awesome Special Olympics athletes! 

Police Officers with Special Olympics members