Student Community Oriented Police Effort

The Mission of the University of Florida Police Department is to provide protection and service to the University community. The Department is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order, and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.

With community service as the foundation, the Department is driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security through programs reflecting the needs and desires of the community. The Department nurtures public trust by holding itself to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

With this mission in mind a new program is being implemented to obtain a better understanding and working relationship between the University of Florida Police Department, University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education and the resident students.

The goals of the S.C.O.P.E. program are:

  • To create a crime prevention partnership between the University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education, resident students, and the University of Florida Police Department.
  • Increase the visibility of the University of Florida Police Department members throughout the various housing locations.
  • To inform the Housing Personnel and Resident Students of variables influencing the level of crime on campus and recommend crime prevention methods to lower the level of crime in an area.
  • To enhance the level of communication between the Housing Personnel, Resident Students, and the University Police. Thereby increasing the level of trust and understanding of one another.

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UFPD Officers Douglas, Deffense, Castronover, along with Sgt. Davis and his K-9 “Gator” conduct SCOPE duties and help answer questions and provide safety information to residents of Broward Hall. During their visit, the officers registered residents’ electronic devices and bicycles in an effort to document serial or other identification information that would be critical to help identify these items should they become stolen or lost. For more information about your SCOPE Officer, please review the SCOPE Bulletin Board posted within your residence Hall.