The Fort Hays State University Police Department's fundamental duty is to serve mankind and to safeguard lives and property. The University Police Department takes pride in assisting others.
The Fort Hays State University Police Department's role, unlike the traditional role of other law enforcement agencies, is to also contribute to the overall purpose of an educational institution, which is - to educate.
The Fort Hays State University Police Department
(UPD) provides primary police protection services to the University
campus, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, FHSU Foundation property,
University Farm, the Pavilion, parking lots and residence halls
24 hours/day, 365 days/year and employs nine full-time, armed, state-certified
police officers and one unarmed security officer.
FHSU police officers are commissioned by the State of Kansas under
K.S.A. 76-726 and have the same law enforcement authority and responsibilities
as local police and sheriff deputies. UPD has primary jurisdiction over
all property owned or controlled by Fort Hays State University, concurrent
jurisdiction within the City of Hays and all UPD officers carry an Ellis County Sheriff Deputy commission.
UPD officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services,
including criminal investigations, enforcement of criminal statutes
and city ordinances, collection of data for the required statistical
crime reports, motor vehicle accident investigations, civil commitments
for person(s) in need of care, traffic and parking enforcement, emergency
management, enforcement of FHSU Rules and Regulations and the security
of the University's physical assets. UPD refers statutory violations
for judicial oversight and prosecution to Municipal, District and Federal