In 1965, Nevada Revised Statute 396.325 became law, giving our Board of Regents the authority to create a police department for the Nevada university system. On June 11, 1965, the Board of Regents created the University of Nevada Police. Since that time, university police officers have served the UNLV community. In 1972, the Board of Regents founded an independent police department for UNLV.
University police officers are category-one peace officers and are required to complete a 22-week, 750-hour state Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) academy as well as pass 560 hours of field training to qualify as a University Police Officer I. After completing a one-year probationary period, the officer is promoted to a University Police Officer II.
The Department of Police Services maintains a cooperative relationship with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, enforces federal, state, and county laws and ordinances as well as university regulations and has the same law enforcement power as all other Southern Nevada police agencies. All criminal incidents are investigated and prosecuted.
The UNLV Department of Police Services is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (I.A.C.L.E.A.) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.).