University of Massachusetts Police Department

  • Agency: University of Massachusetts Police Department
  • Address: 585 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, 01003-9600 MA
  • Chief:
Phone: 413-545-2121
Fax: 413-545-3113

University of Massachusetts Police Department is located at 585 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, 01003-9600 MA. The University of Massachusetts Police Department phone number is 413-545-2121.

University of Massachusetts Police Department News

Trunk or Treating in North Village with all the cool kids! Be safe!

Happy Halloween from the UMass Police Department. Please be safe and wear reflective items and have a flashlight if you are going out tonight.

It's that time of the year again. The UMass Police Department would like to remind drivers that the issue of solar glare is particularly difficult on campus during this time of year. Solar glare can temporarily blind drivers and can be a significant safety concern for bicyclists and pedestrians. Solar glare is especially strong during the morning commute hours while driving eastbound on Massachusetts Avenue, Governor’s Drive and Eastman Lane and on those same roads driving westbound for the evening commute. Both vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians should exercise extra precautions in these areas over the next few weeks. Thank you.

Whos this guy? Many of you have already had the pleasure of meeting our newest horse on the Mounted Unit, Trovato. We often affectionately call him "Mikey." Trovato was donated to us by a great organization in Revere, Mass. called Horses and Heroes. Their mission is to train horses for mounted police work and then donate them to a police department in need of a new horse. Along with their training, the horses get renamed. The names chosen honor members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders who have exemplified service to others by extraordinary acts of heroism or sacrifice. This handsome guy with Trovato? Well, that's Officer Mike Trovato from the Revere police department. He is one of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who responded to the city of Watertown in pursuit of the Boston Bombing suspects. Mike's SWAT team was the first to surround the boat in the Watertown backyard, and Mike was the one who applied handcuffs to the subject after he emerged from the boat. Mike, his team, and all of the officers there that night helped to bring closure to a very difficult week for the city of greater Boston and all those affected by the bombing. This past week, Mike visited UMass so of course we had to get a quick photo with the horse who shares his name. Thank you for your courage and service Officer Trovato! - Mikey and the rest of the UMPD Mounted Unit

Today is national Coffee with a Cop day. Swing by the Blue Wall for a free coffee and meet some of our Officers from 9am-11am.

Welcome back students, faculty, and staff. Now what everyone is back and getting settled in, please take a moment to register your valuable property. It only takes a minute, you can register as many pieces of property that you would like, and it costs you nothing. Having your property registered will assist us if your property is ever lost or stolen. Follow this link for more information or to register.

Some high and low ropes this morning and then an afternoon of rowing and yard games. Thankful the rain is holding off, but boy is it humid!

Day three of the Youth Adventure Academy and we are having a great time. They learned some defensive tactics and how to work as a team. Thankful the rain is holding off for us.

On Saturday, June 23rd members of the UMass Police Department Motor Unit took part in the Purple Heart Truck Run. This was a police escorted convoy that went from the Vet Center in West Springfield to the Bell Cemetery located in Middlefield, MA. This event was held to pay tribute and a special honor to Sgt. Elijah Churchill, who was the first recipient of the Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heart), awarded by General George Washington in May of 1783, as well as to recognize Middlefield as a Purple Heart Community. The Purple Heart Truck Run will also give a combat wounded veteran a mobility-equipped, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck. The truck is adapted to accommodate combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or have lost limbs. Visit for more information.

A dog and pony show? Yesterday, the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association (MAPWDA) held a seminar at the Eastern States Expedition to demonstrate the skills and capabilities of K9/handler teams which have been training in the area all week. The training was attended by K9 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada. The UMPD Mounted Unit had the honor of presenting the colors for the event. UMPD mounts Miller and Miranda enjoyed the event and met a lot of new friends.

Good morning from UMPD!

Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders A day fishing with many of our friends from North Village Family Housing- UMass Amherst and other kids from surrounding communities. Rain is holding off. Thanks to everyone that has helped make this a success. Umass Police Department, Amherst Police Department (Official) and Amherst Massachusetts Fire Department, Granby Police Department - MA and Granby MA Fire Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

PRESS RELEASE Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy 2018 May 1, 2018 The Amherst and University of Massachusetts Police Departments are pleased to announce the Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy is being held Monday, July 23, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades are eligible to attend. There is no cost to attend the academy. However, as the academy is limited to 20 participants, preference will be given to Amherst residents and UMASS affiliated families. The Youth Adventure Academy features both classroom instruction and sessions held at the Amherst Adventure Based Ropes Course. Additional information regarding the Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy is available on the Amherst Police Department website, Applications can also be obtained at the Amherst and UMASS Police Departments or downloaded off the Amherst Police Department website. The application deadline is June 16, 2018. Questions regarding the academy can be forwarded to Amherst Police Detective Yvonne Feliciano at 413-259-3000 or and UMASS Police Officer Brian Kellogg at 413-545-9461 or Scott P. Livingstone Chief of Police

Congratulations to all the seniors taking part in the Commencement Ball tonight. Besides the rain that started suddenly, it has been a great night to celebrate your accomplishments!

Lowe's in Hadley hosted a public safety day today. Miller the police horse had a blast meeting lots of new friends and enjoying this beautiful Spring weather. He even got a visit from Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse!

What's with the helicopters? You may have seen two Army transport helicopters landing on campus this morning. They were picking up a group of UMass Army ROTC cadets to head off to training for the weekend. It is surely an exciting experience for the cadets and was an impressive sight to see on campus. We wish all of our ROTC cadets- both Army and Air Force- luck in their training, and we thank them for their service. @UMASSarmyROTC

R.I.P Officer Gannon.

After more than 33 years working for the Umass Police Department, yesterday was Sgt Mark Jacques retirement day and birthday! Marks dedication and service over those years has been invaluable. At 3pm he walked out the door from his last shift. Mark will be missed around the station, but remember the door is always open for you to visit. We wish you the best for whatever the future has in-store, congratulations and best of luck! Your UMPD Family

Good Afternoon UMass! It has come to our attention that some students have received an email from a “Dr robs” claiming that the message was related to an “offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities.” Please know that this email is not valid and that UMass Disability Services did not share your information or do anything to facilitate the sending of the email to you. All electronic communication from Disability Services is conducted via a University email address (i.e., ending with, and they will never share your information with a third party without your consent. If you ever have doubts about the legitimacy of an email claiming to come from their office, you can call their main office (413-545-0892) and they will be happy to advise you. UMass IT is aware of the phishing scam, and we recommend that you delete the email and do not respond to the sender. If you have already responded or have any concerns about your computer or privacy, please contact the UMass Information Technology office at 413-545-9400.

We are sad to announce the passing of retired UMPD K9 Diezel yesterday afternoon. Diezel valiently served the UMass community from 2008 to 2014, working alongside his handler, Officer Varosky. They also did work in numerous towns throughout Western Massachusetts in addition to UMass; assisting with narcotics searches, subject tracking, and community outreach events. For the last couple years, Diezel enjoyed retirement with Officer Varosky, spending his time tracking rabbits and tennis balls instead of suspects and narcotics. Thank you for your service, Diezel. Good boy.