Role, Authority, Jurisdiction and Training
All UNCG police officers are commissioned under the North Carolina General Statutes 115D-21.1 and 116.40.5. UNCG police officers have the full range of police authorities granted to municipal law enforcement officers. UNCG officers receive the same level of training as county and municipal officers. As sworn law enforcement officers, members of UNCG Police are authorized to carry firearms, and under North Carolina law, have the power to make arrests and conduct investigations for crimes that occur on the property owned or under the control of the university. In addition, a jurisdiction extension agreement, with the City of Greensboro, gives the UNCG Police jurisdiction throughout the city. The agreement states that the Greensboro and UNCG Police Department will work homicide investigations jointly with the city police taking the lead; all other criminal offenses will be investigated by UNCG Police.
Working Relationship with Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
The UNCG Police maintains a cooperative relationship with surrounding law enforcement agencies. This includes intraoperative radio capabilities, sharing of police database records, training programs, special events coordination, critical incident response, and investigation of serious incidents. UNCG Police also participates in cooperative and mutual aid agreements with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, UNC Chapel Hill, the Town of Gibsonville, Guilford County, King Police Department, Piedmont Triad Airport, City of Thomasville, Winston-Salem Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, and Guilford Metro 911. These agreements authorize police officers and supervisors of the participating agencies to request cooperative or mutual aid support for incidents that require additional resources. The agreements also allow for joint training and cooperation on other matters of shared interest.
Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally developed to address what was seen as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery. That mission continues today through a tiered law enforcement accreditation program. Agencies may participate in either CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation (Tier 1) or CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation (Tier 2), without regard to agency size.
Crimes Involving Student Organizations at Off-Campus Locations
UNCG relies on its close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies to receive information about incidents involving student organizations, on and off campus. In coordination with local law enforcement agencies, the UNCG Police will actively investigate certain crimes occurring on or near campus. If the UNCG Police learns of criminal activity involving students or student organizations, it will coordinate with the appropriate external law enforcement agency to forward information about the situation to the Dean of Students Office, as appropriate. The university requires all recognized student organizations to comply with federal, state, and local laws, and UNCG policies. UNCG may become involved in the off campus conduct of recognized student organizations when such conduct is determined to affect the interests of the university.