Public Safety

A UNMC public safety officer patrols campus.

A Mission for Campus Safety

A UNMC campus security badge
Our Department of Public Safety works to provide a safe environment for those who work on, learn at and visit our campuses. UNMC buildings are patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Within the department are the units of patrol, police investigations, dispatch, emergency management, youth safety and a support unit that includes access management, security camera management and alarms.

The department includes law enforcement officers and security officers, and the officers on both teams are university employees. Our officers are distinguishable by their uniforms and vehicles.


The shield of a UNMC campus officer.

 Security officers wear gray shirts and black pants and drive a white security vehicle. Law enforcement officers wear black shirts and black pants and drive black cruisers.

The department uses staff training to ensure ongoing skills in areas such as de-escalation, threat assessment, standards/compliance and outreach.

On campus, our officers enforce all University and Nebraska Medicine safety-related policies, as well as city ordinances, state statutes and federal laws. They also work closely with the city, county, state and federal authorities.


Lost and Found
Public Safety maintains UNMC's lost and found system. Our team will make every reasonable effort to identify and contact the owner of items turned in and return items to the owner
Motorist Assist
Public Safety provides assistance to motorists 24 hours a day. We can jump-start your vehicle, open a locked vehicle, assist with a tire change, or vehicles out of gas. Motorist Assistance is available to vehicles on-campus only.
Personal Escorts, Safety Checks

Officers are available to escort individuals to/from campus buildings 24 hours a day.

Individuals who work alone at night or outside standard business hours are able to contact Public Safety to request an officer to periodically check in while you are working.

Building Access
Public Safety is responsible for keys and card access additions/revocations for personnel, adjusting electronic door schedules, monitoring alarmed areas, and assisting the university in its access control needs.

How to Report an Emergency

If you are a witness to or are a victim of a crime, Public Safety is available to assist. If you are aware of an emergency situation please report any information you have to Public Safety.

Call Public Safety at 402-559-5555 for emergencies requiring police, fire or medical aid.

When to call: Crimes in progress and crimes that have just occurred should be reported immediately by dialing 402.559.5555 or 911.

Whenever possible, please have the actual victim or witness of the crime call directly. First-hand information is always more accurate and complete.

What to say: The dispatcher will ask a series of questions and have officers respond to the appropriate area. Listen carefully to each question and try to answer it as best as you can. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

Typical information the dispatcher may ask you includes:

  • Where did the incident occur? Include building and room area.
  • How long ago did the incident occur?
  • Give a brief description of what occurred.
  • Did the suspect(s) have any weapons?
  • Where and when was the suspect last seen?
  • Which direction was the suspect headed?
  • Was the suspect on foot or in a car?
  • What did the suspect look like (Gender, Race, Age, Height and Weight, Hair Color and Length, Clothing, Glasses/Facial Hair)?
  • Was the suspect carrying anything?
  • Vehicle description, color, make, model, and license plate

How to Report a Non-Emergency

Call Public Safety’s front desk at 402.559.5111 for non-emergencies.

Use U-Tip to report suspicious activity or concerns.

Threatening behavior should be reported to Public Safety as soon as possible.

Report a concern


Using U-Tip is an application of the UNO/UNMC Alert system, but registration with UNO/UNMC Alert is not required to use the system.

You can use the service to report suspicious activities seen on campus, such as theft, vandalism, drugs, domestic disputes, disorderly sports fans, and more.

U-Tip can also be used to help prevent crimes on campus by reporting incidents before they escalate and by helping Public Safety spot suspicious individuals. U-Tip is not anonymous.

Using U-Tip

Text the number 79516. In the text message, type UNO9111 (your message here)." An example of the text content might be: UNO9111 possible car break in west of DSCC"
UNO9111" is UNO/UNMC's campus identifier. It is essential that you provide a space between UNO9111 and your text message for the message to get routed to UNO/UNMC Public Safety.

This message is sent directly to Public Safety and appropriate action will be taken immediately.