About the University of Kansas Police Department

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the University of Kansas Police Department is to provide a safe environment conducive to education, research, health care, and employment. The accomplishment of this goal requires the concerted effort of every professional found within the University Police Department. Whether or not you ever need the direct services offered by the department, this goal is being conscientiously pursued on your behalf.

Message from Chief Johnson

The University of Kansas Police Department has a rich history with KU Medical Center and is celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. As part of our core values and guiding principles, we place the highest reverence on the value of human life and are committed to conducting ourselves in a manner that will instill public confidence and trust in our services and integrity. Our sole purpose is to benefit and serve our students, employees, patients and visitors on the KU Medical Center campus. 

The University of Kansas Police Department operates 24 hours a day each day of the year and responds to all reports of crimes that occur on campus and other properties owned and operated by the University of Kansas. The university police department is the point of origin for all emergency services as well as a variety of university services after normal business hours. My commitment to you is to provide a professional police department staffed and equipped to serve this community. In return, I ask that you consider what you can do to protect yourself and your property by taking advantage of our services and following our safety tips provided on this website. Please feel free to contact any of our Public Safety Divisions with questions you may have. 

Richard L. Johnson
Chief of Police and Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Safety

CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation seal

The University of Kansas Police Department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is one of only five Kansas law enforcement agencies and the state's first and only university police department to earn "the gold standard in public safety."

Last modified: Jun 29, 2016