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About SUU Police

On behalf of all the SUU police employees we welcome you and extend our hand to assist you during your stay, whether it is to attend an evening event or an extended stay.

The Department of SUU Police has the motto, “Working with you to make our university a safer place to learn”. This is the every day goal to make sure your learning experience is a safe and enjoyable one. With the assistance of every member of our campus community this is a realistic and obtainable goal. Our vision for the department is to be a national model for public universities regarding SUU police services.

Community orienting policing is the model our department works under. We work closely with the Presidents Council, SUUSA, and Faculty and Staff Associations to ensure we are addressing the concerns of our campus. We also work closely with various external agencies like the Cedar City Police Department, Iron County Attorney Office, Women’s Crisis Center, and many other local, state, and federal agencies.

Carlos Medina
Chief of Police

About Our Office

Accidents Reports
Any accident on campus should be reported to the SUU police department and documented for all parties involved. Officers use forms that are accepted by all police and insurance agencies.

Alcohol and Drugs
There are a variety of resources available on campus and in the community to assist those who are dealing alcohol and drugs.

Officers carry naloxone rescue kits and have been trained to assist in a opioid crisis.  Please call 911 if you or someone is experiencing a medical emergency.  Listen to those who have been effective by this program.  Additional opioid resources.


Campus Patrols
To ensure campus safety, and enforce the campus and city laws, officers patrol campus regularly. All buildings on campus are monitored and locked nightly by SUU police personnel. Buildings are secured at the following times - building hours.

Event Security
All campus events are overseen by SUU police officers and personnel.

Firearms on campus
Due to the frequency of questions regarding firearms on campus, an information sheet as been provided to help clarify the majority of those questions, however if you are not able to find your answer please contact our office. Firearms frequently asked questions.

The Safe Harbor Act provides guidance on how police departments can assist in securing a weapon for an owner or cohabitant of the owner when there is a safety concern.  Frequently asked questions and answers.  A completed request form must accompany the weapon or other items being held.

Also you can self restrict from being able to purchasing a firearm requiring a Utah back ground check for a designated period of time. Complete the Self restrict form

Firearm storage safety is very important, basic safety reminders are seen in this video.

Internship Opportunities
Internships are available to students in a variety of forms and can be given to students that fulfill the requirements set forth by the chief of SUU police. Interested students need to submit an Intern application.

Law Enforcement Services
All of our officers are P.O.S.T. certified and trained. Each officer must complete at least 40 hours of training a year as well as comply with University policy. All officers are trained in handling law enforcement situations and are capable in performing law enforcement services. Any criminal activity i.e. accidents, graffiti, suspicious people, threats, etc. should be reported to the SUU police office.

Lockout Service
If someone should get locked out of their vehicle on campus, our officers are trained in unlocking vehicles. If contacted they will respond as soon as possible.

Lectures and Seminars
Periodically throughout the school year officers conduct seminars to inform audiences of various topics. Upon request officers are also available to attend and speak at other appointments.  Please join us for the next seminar, details will be provided here.

Medical Services
All Officers are certified in CPR and attend regular basic first aid courses in order to provide first responder level of medical care. Further medical care is provided by Gold Cross Ambulance service. During certain events a standby ambulance is stationed on site during the time of the event, also the Utah State Health Department will aid in locating a mass casualty response trailer on site. Currently there are 42 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) located across campus. AED locations

Trauma kits are located near each AED.  Kits are supplied with resources that can aid in a major medical incident.  Supplies include large gauze wraps, protective mask, tourniquet, and other items.  There are no small bandages inside, small bandages can be found at each building custodial office.

Evacuation chairs are available in most buildings that have a floor that does not have an exterior ground level exit.   When elevators are not safe to use, the evacuation chairs can assist those providing aid to individuals in wheel chairs or injured in a safer manner to evacuate the building.

Officer Involved Shootings
To assist in transparency and to comply with state code 76-2-408, the protocol used for investigating officer involved shootings/officer involved critical incidents is available for review. SUU Police department supports and participants with the Iron Country Critical Incident Task Force. Investigative Protocol

Outside Security and Peace Officer Employment
Due to the potential conflict of interest no member of this department may engage in any outside or secondary employment as a private security guard, private investigator or other similar private security position.

Any private organization, entity or individual seeking special services for security or traffic control from members of this department must submit a written request to the Chief of Police in advance of the desired service. Such outside overtime will be assigned, monitored and paid through the Department.

  • The applicant will be required to enter into an indemnification agreement prior to approval.
  • The applicant will further be required to provide for the compensation and full benefits of all employees requested for such outside security services.
  • Should such a request be approved, any employee working outside overtime shall be subject to the following conditions:
  • The officer(s) shall wear the Department uniform/identification.
  • The officer(s) shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Department.
  • No officer may engage in such outside employment during or at the site of a strike, lockout, picket or other physical demonstration of a labor dispute.
  • Compensation for such approved outside security services shall be pursuant to normal overtime procedures.
  • No officer may engage in outside employment as a peace officer for any other public agency without prior written authorization of the Chief of Police.

Every effort is taken to return property to the rightful owner.  In the event that property has not been claimed by its owner a public notice of disposition change will be posted here.  Property will then be disposed of per department policy.

Portable Recorders

Officers wear body cameras while conducting patrol operations in a conspicuous manner so community members can see them.  Recordings assist in investigations and reporting of incidents.  Policy 421 provides more details.