A Message From Chief Balafas

Dear Campus Community,

I joined the University of Arizona as Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police at the end of March. Although it has only been a few weeks, it is already clear to me that this community is filled with individuals and teams who are committed to supporting you and promoting a safe environment. The University of Arizona Police Department is one of them, and we are always here to help. We ask you to please call upon us if you see something suspicious or need any 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 245 emergency blue light phones. These are direct lines to the UAPD dispatch center that is staffed 24/7 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).

Last Saturday, President Robbins shared sad news of violence occurring near our main campus. Like so many, the UAPD team mourns the loss of a member of our community.

The incident occurred just off campus and is being investigated by the Tucson Police Department – with a suspect identified yesterday. UAPD is close partners with Tucson PD, and in this case, we assisted them with the initial response to the scene. We will continue to support the investigation in any way that we can. If you have any information on this case, please call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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, throughout the year, and by 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 do not hesitate to reach out.

Paula Balafas
Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police