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Department Staff

The UNC Police Department is staffed by 16 sworn full-authority Level 1 Colorado POST certified police officers, as well as numerous support positions. The Department is broken out in the following divisions:

Command Staff

The Command Staff consists of the Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police. The Command Staff plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the general law enforcement and public safety program at the University, including uniformed patrol, investigations, crime prevention, emergency management, security functions, parking services, communications and records management, and overall operations of the Department.

 Chief of Police Dennis Pumphrey

Dennis

Welcome, I’m glad you’ve taken a moment to look through the UNCPD website.  I’m Chief Dennis Pumphrey and have had the opportunity to serve the University of Northern Colorado Community for over 30 years.  I am a UNC alumnus and prior to my policing career worked as a student employee for Housing Services.

 If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the police department please contact me at dennis.pumphrey@unco.edu, and please include your phone number if you would like a call back.  If you see me walking around campus feel free to stop and say ‘hi.’  I have a long history here and stories to share, and I would like to hear yours!  Our mission at UNCPD is to provide a safe and secure campus and the best way to facilitate that is to hear from you.  Thank you for being our partner in safety.

Captain Rick McNair

Rick

 I am excited to be hired on as Captain of UNCPD.  I have 33 years of comprehensive law enforcement experience within the Adams County Sheriff’s Office where my positions ranged from Deputy to Division Chief of Administrative Services.  As Commander, I supervised different areas such as the Professional Standards Division, Training Unit Division, Jail Division, Patrol Division and was the Director of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Academy FLATROCK Regional Training Center.  I was also a SWAT team member for 10 years.  I am dedicated to good education and training and my past roles have led me here to the University of Northern Colorado.

 I graduated from Northwestern Police Staff and Command School and the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia and was elected by my peers to be the President of the FBINAA Rocky Mountain Chapter in 2020.  If you are interested in contacting me with any questions, concerns or comments and ideas, feel free to contact me at rick.mcnair@unco.edu. 

Training and Crime Prevention:

The UNC Police Department's Investigations Division consists of two full-time detectives. The Investigations Division conducts difficult or technically demanding criminal investigations, writes search and arrest warrant affidavits, makes arrests and testifies in court concerning his/her investigations. The detectives also maintains all evidence seized during the course of all criminal investigations.

Larry

Larry has been working for UNCPD for 24 years. His primary function is conducting safety training for faculty, staff and students and maintain the training records. However, the best part of his job being out and about and talking to all the people around campus! If you see Larry around, he would love for you to say hello!     

 If you need any safety training, Larry can be reached through dispatch at (970) 351-2245 or by phone at (970) 351-1998.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a proud Greeley native.  After graduating high school at Greeley West, she obtained her 2-year associate degree from Aims Community College and transferred to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her bachelor’s in Business Management with the Monfort College of Business.  She then went on to obtain her MBA from Colorado Christian University.  After working in the banking world for a couple years, she moved into a career at a credit reporting agency where she worked her way up to Operations Manager of Training and Development.  She had great opportunities to learn and experience so much from her career in management and always had an interest in working in higher education.  She is now the Assistant Clery Compliance Officer at the University of Northern Colorado and works in the UNC Police Department.  The best part of her role at UNC is getting to meet all the unique and wonderful people that are part of the UNC community. 

 You can contact Rebecca with any questions you have regarding the Clery Act at 970-351-2543 or by email at Rebecca.thompson@unco.edu

Patrol:

The UNC Police Department's Patrol Division is split into two teams, each supervised by a Corporal. The Patrol Division is responsible for patrolling the UNC campus to enforce federal and state law, as well as University regulations, protect persons and property, prevent, detect and solve crimes and to maintain order. They also enforce traffic regulations, investigate traffic accidents and issue tickets. The Patrol Division also assist other law enforcement agencies and University departments.

Corporal Sean Menard

Investigations:

The UNC Police Department's Investigations Division consists of two full-time detectives. The Investigations Division conducts difficult or technically demanding criminal investigations, writes search and arrest warrant affidavits, makes arrests and testifies in court concerning his/her investigations. The detectives also maintain all evidence seized during the course of all criminal investigations.

Investigations Supervisor: Sergeant Patrick Gallagher

  

Communications

UNCPD Dispatch Staff 2019

The UNC Police Department Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing radio and telephone communications for both the Police Department and the University. The Communications Center also monitors emergency telephone and alarm systems, and maintains access to both national and state crime computer networks. The Communications Center also serves as the Police Department's Records Division, maintaining police reports and records.

The Communications Supervisor oversees 7 full-time civilian dispatchers and several student employees.

Communications and Records Supervisor:

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