Within the next year, UNLV Police Services will have a new home.
Campus police are moving from their old location to a new spot near Maryland Parkway and Dorothy Avenue. It’s part of the “University Gateway” project.
UNLV Police have been at their current location, just a block away from the new site, for the past 10 years.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Deputy Chief of Police Sandy Seda. “We’ll be moving from an 8,000 sq. ft. facility to a 10,000 sq. ft. facility.”
At times, five officers share an individual office at their current headquarters. The rooms are cramped, and the workload is heavy.
Seda says the department responds to about 10,000 calls for service every year.
In the past few months, campus police have investigated sex assault cases, fondling incidents, and attacks against students.
“It’s easier for me to feel safe but for my girlfriend who goes here who’s smaller than me and is often by herself or she’s here late, I fear for her,” said student Francisco Servin.
The school’s dispatch center is currently separated from the police department.
That will change.
“This plan allows us to bring both units together, so we can better serve the community,” said Seda.
Seda says response times will be faster and the location will be more accessible.
“It lends itself to be able to house more equipment, more personnel, and it will allow us to deploy more people to the campus,” he said.
According to UNLV Planning and Construction Scott Mcclure, phase one of the project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
“Phase two, we’re looking at more midyear next year,” said Mcclure.
The department plans to hire at least 13 additional officers.