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Advisory Board

What Is The Police Advisory Board?

The Police Advisory Board was created in June, 2001 under the direction of University Police Services. The board was established as a forum to review and discuss public safety concerns for the university and the neighboring community.

The board is not a review board of any police action, whether internal or external, but a vehicle to encourage discussion concerning public safety issues.

The Police Advisory Board meets at least twice each semester. Meetings are held in the Student Services Building conference room.

Who is on the Committee?

Membership of the Police Advisory Board is made up of representatives of the following groups:

  • Academic faculty of the university (2)
  • Administrative faculty (1)
  • Classified staff (1)
  • Undergraduate students (1)
  • Graduate students (1)
  • The Alliance (1 student)
  • ACLU (1 student)
  • Campus Escort Service (1)
  • University police officers (1)
  • Neighborhood advisory groups (2)
  • Community at large (1)

The Director of Police Services serves in an ex-officio , non-voting capacity. Members are selected by nomination in April of each year, and serve in staggered terms of one to three years.

Goal & Purpose

The goal of the Police Advisory Board is to create an inclusive campus environment characterized by civility. This includes an explicit commitment to equality and free expression.

A sense of personal safety among community members and visitors is essential if we are to become an inclusive community.

How Can You Bring Good Conduct to the Attention of University Police Services?

Due to the nature of police work, most people come in contact with officers during difficult circumstances of conflict, stress or even trauma. Policing is not an easy job, but one that serves a valuable function in the protection of peace and safety for all citizens. You can show your appreciation for university police officers by reporting positive conduct to the department.

If you would like to compliment the conduct and/or actions of a university police officer, you can do this by calling the Police Services office (784-4013) and reporting the information to the supervisor on duty. You can also submit your compliment in writing using the following address:

Adam Garcia, Director
University Police Services
1664 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop
250 Reno, NV 89557-0059

Or, by Email at:

Feedback from citizens will be taken into consideration for commendations and for review by the Police Services Awards and Recognition Committee.

If you think you have been treated unjustly by a university police officer, respectfully request to speak to the officer's supervisor or request the officer's name and badge number.

Who May Make A Complaint?

A complaint may be made by any person who is a victim, a witness or who has knowledge of alleged police misconduct.

How Does a Citizen Make a Complaint?

A complaint may be filed:

  • By calling the Police Services Office: (775) 784-4013.
  • In writing-stop by the Police Services Office and ask for a complaint form at the front desk
  • By mail-campus mail stop 250
  • In person by scheduling an appointment with the officer's supervisor

What Happens to the Complaint?

Once a complaint reaches University Police Services, it will be given to the on-duty supervisor for internal investigation. If the complaint involves the on-duty supervisor, the complaint will be forwarded to the operations lieutenant.

The investigator will make every reasonable attempt to locate and interview the complaining party. Should the complaining party refuse to be interviewed, the investigator will proceed with the facts known to that point.

Under certain circumstances, the director may have an outside agency conduct a professional standards investigation into any allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing involving a university police officer. In any case, the investigator will make a conclusion as to each allegation in the investigation. The conclusions will be noted in a final report. Findings will be reviewed by the director; if discipline is required, the director will determine the disciplinary actions to be administered.

What Should you do If Stopped by the Police?

University Police Officers have a difficult and stressful job in enforcing the law, and sometimes dealing with persons who are hostile or violent The officer you encounter, probably doesn't know you personally, and may approach you with caution to ensure your safety and his or her own. You are expected to treat a university officer in the same manner the officer is expected to treat you; with courtesy and respect.

If reasonable suspicion exists, police officers have the authority to conduct a limited search of your person for concealed weapons, In this situation, you should remain calm and follow the instructions of the officer carefully.

If you are in a car and see flashing blue lights on a police car behind you, you should:

  1. Slow Down
  2. Activate turn signal to indicate compliance
  3. Pull over as soon as it is safe-into a well lit area and out of the path of other traffic
  4. Answer officer's questions calmly and with consideration-don't argue with, challenge, ignore or be offensive to the officer
  5. Keep in mind the officer is only doing his/her job and is working within established guidelines when making contact with citizens.

You should not provide the officer with false information under any circumstances, or obstruct the officer's ability to perform his/her duties. Obstructing and resisting are also viable causes for arrest.

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