University Police Authority and Jurisdiction
The University of North Georgia Police Department is a fully certified, state police agency. All officers employed by the University are equivalent to the police or sheriff deputies employed in your home town. University police officers are authorized to make arrests for violations of state law and city ordinances, obtain and execute search warrants, and enforce the traffic laws.
The jurisdiction of the UNG Police as defined by Georgia law is public or private property under control of the Board of Regents plus 500 yards. The officers can still operate beyond the 500 yard limit under the following conditions:
- The officers can leave their jurisdiction if they are in pursuit of an individual.
- The University has entered into mutual aid agreements with surrounding counties and municipalities. Under these agreements, University police officers can operate off campus when requested by other agencies to assist them.
- University police operate under the authority of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. As employees of the Board of Regents, the officers are authorized by law to serve on any campus under the Regents control and retain their full authority.
The UNG Police Department has a strong working relationship with neighboring jurisdictions. On a regular basis, the departments share information and equipment, assist with investigations, and provide uniform back-up when needed.