About UAMS Police Department
The UAMS Police Department is officially recognized as the Law Enforcement Agency of jurisdiction for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide the most comprehensive services for patients, visitors and staff. In terms of staffing the Department is one of the largest Higher Education law enforcement agencies in Arkansas. Current staff consists of the following certified law enforcement staff: Chief, Captain, four Lieutenants, ten Sergeants, and thirty four full time Officers. Plus the following civilian staff: business manager, four dispatchers and 7 security officers. All certified Officers are certified by the Arkansas Department of Minimum Standards. Officers are vested with full police powers while on UAMS owned or leased property. . Those powers include but are not limited to arrest, search & seizure and full authority to enforce the laws of the State of Arkansas. Our Security Officer are certified through the International Association For Healthcare & Safety.
The UAMS Police Department utilizes many tools to maintain a high level of safety and security throughout the Medical Center. The Department monitors an extensive Closed Circuit T.V. system. The system is directly linked to the UAMS PD Dispatch where staff record and monitor, watching for any suspicious or criminal activity. The entire system is recorded on a state of the art digital recording system which provides for the immediate recovery and review of recorded data as needed. The Medical Center also utilizes a comprehensive Controlled Access System to monitor and regulate entry to the facility and other sensitive areas within the Medical Center. Uniformed Officers patrol the Medical Center Campus 24 hours of every day. Normal assignments include one officer in the Emergency Room, and a security officer manning a metal detector at the entry to our Emergency Department. Officers assigned to the ED provide security for both the Lobby and Acute care areas. Officers assigned to outside patrol cover the numerous lots, decks and out buildings that make up the UAMS Medical Center. We use marked patrol vehicles including one Ford Crown Victoria, one Dodge Charger, two Chevrolet Impala’s, one electric Gem Car, one electric Club Car, two electric bicycles, and two standard bicycles. Police and Security foot patrols are also conducted of each floor and Nursing Units and campus building several times during each day. Our officers are encouraged to seek out ways to improve the quality of the service they provide for patients, patrons and staff at the Medical Center. The department actively investigates problems and incidents and searches for positive solutions that strengthen the safety and security of the UAMS Medical Center Community.
Officers conduct a variety of services to make the environment at the Medical Center as pleasant and as safe as possible. In addition to law enforcement and security measures, Officers provide a safety escort service to and from Medical Center parking areas and motorist assists on Campus property. They respond to complaints and alarms, unlock and secure areas and buildings, and support the medical center`s Emergency Preparedness Policies. As stated in our Mission Statement, the UAMS Campus Police will provide a safe and secure environment for the Medical Center. We will enforce all laws pertaining to orderly conduct while striving to embrace the Core Values of UAMS Medical Center.