Truth: UConn Police provides services to all seven UConn campuses: Storrs, Hartford, Waterbury, Stamford, Avery Point, the Law School and UConn Health in Farmington, not just Storrs. This includes 24-hour, 7-day-a-week staffing year round. Despite this, the budget for the UConn Police Department represents only about 0.5% of UConn’s budget.
Category: Police & Security
Perception: The UConn Police department has military-grade weapons and other military equipment given to it by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Truth: The only items the department of Public Safety currently has that were acquired from the federal government are 13 sights for department-issued firearms and two rifles that are used for ceremonial purposes only, such as during honor guard processions at events; they are not used for law enforcement purposes.
Truth: No, it doesn’t. In fact, some uniformed police positions have been eliminated as a result of budget cuts made across most university departments to help close UConn’s expected deficit. Additional cuts are expected in the fiscal year ahead as part of overall cost-savings efforts university-wide. Further, UConn’s police chief is working to transition some […]