Community policing means that police officers work closely with community members to promote safety and security. Because community policing requires the involvement of both community members and police officers, University Police officers take part in many campus activities including new student orientation programs, the coalition building team, and the Students of Concern Committee. Officers also sit on college committees such as the Campus Safety Forum, Commencement, Substance Abuse, and ad hoc Community Policing committees.
The department has developed productive working partnerships with Campus Services, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, the Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life Office, United Students Government (USG) and its student organizations, Weigel Health Center, and other campus groups.
The cooperation between University Police, the Buffalo Police Department, and the community has resulted in many specific benefits: underage drinking prevention programs, initiatives to respond to and prevent school violence, and self-defense programs. Most importantly, the campus and its police officers work together to maintain a safe, friendly campus.