Chief's Welcome

On behalf of the men and women of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, we welcome you to our web site. We have the honor and privilege to work together with the community to make the campus a safe and respectful environment in which to live, learn, and grow.

The University of Massachusetts Police Department is a full service police department with an authorized staffing level of 62 sworn officers, police dispatchers, exceptional non-sworn professional staff, and over 200 student security employees. Our police officers receive municipal police academy training and have full authority to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth. We have built a strong tradition of community outreach, traffic management, and unified problem solving.

Our purpose is to help you achieve your research, teaching and learning goals in a safe and orderly environment. Further, we appreciate the importance of cultural and social growth. That is why we provide resources to support activities such as performances at the Fine Arts Center, Mullins Center events, athletic events, and cultural events.

We urge you to take advantage of our educational programs on personal safety, emergency preparedness, traffic safety, and residential hall security. We continue to host our popular programs such as the Adventure Ropes Course, Citizens Police Academy and the Active Threat Program.

Traffic safety efforts are a top priority for our agency and we are committed to aggressive and innovative traffic enforcement and safety programs. Our enforcement efforts continue to target speed, pedestrian safety, impaired driving and other behaviors that put us all at risk.

Recognizing it takes a university community to grow scholars, we believe every member of the campus community has shared accountability for the success of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As such, we are honored to participate in the academic process.

We look forward to serving you. We welcome your comments and concerns. Thank you for visiting our web site.  


Chief Tyrone Parham
(413) 545-2125


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.