Department History

The UA Little Rock Police Department was created in January 1970. When originally instituted, there were a total of 4 police officers serving a student population of approximately 3,200.

Currently, the UA Little Rock Police Department has authorized 27 full-time law enforcement officers that provide law enforcement services to the  University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s campus and property owned or leased by the university. The goal of the department is to maintain a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

All UA Little Rock Police Officers are state-certified police officers and attend either the Black River Law Enforcement Training Academy or the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. They have the same arrest powers as city, county, and state police.

The department’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Service
  • Crime Prevention
  • Enforcement of all applicable state and local laws