A Message From Chief Balafas

Dear U of A Campus Community,

The University of Arizona campus is filled with individuals and teams who are committed to supporting you by promoting a safe environment. The University of Arizona Police Department is just one of those many teams, and we are always here to help. We ask you to please call upon us if you see something suspicious or need our assistance. I invite you to take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of our many resources available to enhance your safety:

  • First, if you need help, never hesitate to call 911 or 520-621-UAPD (8273).
  • Additionally, our main campus has over 200 emergency blue light phones. These are direct lines to the UAPD dispatch center that is staffed by our highly trained dispatchers. The Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC) also has 4 blue light phones, linked to our security team.
  • Download the LiveSafe app (Android or Apple), which not only provides another option to share information with UAPD, but it also gives the user the ability to text and send pictures/video, which can be done anonymously.
  • Ensure you are signed up for our UAlert program to receive notifications about critical incidents affecting any of the University of Arizona locations.
  • You can also call us if you need an escort around the main campus. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) also provides free rides; you can call them at 520-621-SAFE (7233).

While no college campus is completely immune to crime, please know that UAPD is here for each and every member of our community. We have patrol officers that monitor campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Our Detective and Special Investigation units work diligently to thoroughly investigate and resolve cases. Our Community Engagement Unit provides safety presentations during New Student Orientation and throughout the year, and also by special request.

These are just a few of the ways in which we serve the University community, and we are committed to promoting a safe environment and to enhancing student success.

Please stay safe and Bear DOWN!

Paula Balafas
Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police

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