Campus Event Security / Special Events

The University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) is charged with planning and operational management of many special events on campus. UFPD works with the University Athletic Association (UAA) and many other departments to provide security for a diverse selection of events that occur at the University of Florida.

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The department develops a unique written plan for handling each individual special event. The plan contains the number of staff needed, the responsibilities of those involved, crowd and traffic control, logistical and safety concerns, and the anticipated criminal activities that are associated with particular events. The written plan also establishes coordination with other law enforcement and support agencies should their assistance be required. A designated chain of command for every operation is established in advance and an individual is assigned to complete an after-action-report detailing circumstances arising from the event.

One of the largest special events the department commands are the University of Florida home Football games. A large amount of planning and resources are utilized during these events. While there is a tremendous amount of time spent coordinating these games, each aspect has been carefully rehearsed in the event a problem should arise. If you would like more information pertaining to the law enforcement support activity for the special events on the University of Florida campus, please contact our Special Events Staff below.

Additionally, the department coordinates the UFPD Ride-A-long Program. The program allows members of the community to see exactly what it is like to be a police officer here at UFPD.  We offer ride-a-longs in four-hour blocks.  This four-hour block can be from either shift of your choosing: day shift or night shift. Just complete the ride-a-long form here and bring it to the University of Florida Police Department, Special Events Division.  Once the ride-a-long guidelines have been reviewed and the forms signed, you will schedule the ride-a-long.  These general guidelines cover the dress code, taking photographs and video, confidentiality, and a few other items to ensure your safety.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Officer Gregory Castronover at 352-392-3345 or gcastronover@ufl.edu.

 

The University of Florida Police Department
Special Events Division

Special Events Coordinator: Lieutenant Matt Davis
e-mail: matdavis@ufl.edu
The University of Florida Police Department
Special Events Division

Special Events Assistant Coordinator: Officer Gregory Castronover
e-mail: gcastronover@ufl.edu
1521 Museum Road
P.O. Box 112150
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150
(352) 273-3314 or (352) 392-3345