Understanding UKPD

Safety is Key

The University of Kentucky is an innovative police department and utilizes multiple methods in ensuring your safety. Our department is open 24/7, 365 days of the year patrols in various ways. While out in our community, you will see our officers in vehicles, riding bicycles, in golf carts, and on foot. Our officers are proactive in the safety of everyone around our community. To help ensure the safety of those on campus, our officers can get out with individuals for multiple reasons.


  • You may be a witness to a crime that occurred in the area.
  • You appear to need assistance.
  • You have violated a law.
  • You are acting in a manner which appears to be suspicious.
  • You are hanging out in a location or with people being monitored by law enforcement.
  • The officer is introducing himself or herself to get to know the members of the community.


If you ever come into contact with an officer, it is important to remember to stay calm and polite. Listen to the officer and follow their instructions. Never lie or give the officer false information, and always keep your hands visible.

What if I get pulled over by an officer?

  • Remain calm and pull over in a safe place as quickly as possible. Place the vehicle in park and turn off the engine. Roll down the window and turn on the overhead dome light. Place your hands on the steering wheel and keep your hands visible during the stop.
  • Only when directed by the officer, retrieve and hand over your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration.
  • If you have any weapons inside the vehicle, let the officer know by telling him. DO NOT reach for the weapon.
  • If you are issued a ticket, do not argue with the officer. Accepting the ticket is not an admission of guilt. You have the right and opportunity to discuss the ticket in front of the courts on the date on the ticket.