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About the
Urbana Police Department

The Urbana Police Department is organized into four divisions:

This division provides overall leadership of the department to insure effective and efficient operation and to perform those duties necessary to preserve the safety, peace and security of the citizens of Urbana. It is staffed by the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief and one Executive Assistant.


The Patrol Division is the first responder to all requests for police service. This division provides the full-range of police services, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, criminal investigation, enforcement of local, state and federal criminal laws and the apprehension of criminal violators in Urbana. This is a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week operation.

The Patrol Division is divided into two teams - the Blue and the Gold. Each team is managed by 2 Patrol Division Lieutenants, either 4 or 5 sergeants and has three shifts: Days (7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.), Nights (7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.) and Evenings (3:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M.). For additional details, see the Patrol Division page.


Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) consists of a group of specially trained officers and supervisors with the responsibility of investigating serious felony incidents, other high profile or major case investigations, and all multi-jurisdictional cases.


The Support Services Division maintains the department’s record system and information management system, provides statistical analysis for the department, backup dispatch center, provide tele-serve service to public and is the primary contact point for public access to the department. For additional details, see the Services Division page.

Mission & Values of the UPD

Equal Employment

The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity! We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. EOE.


The mission of the Urbana Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Urbana by working cooperatively with the community and within the framework of the Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce the fear of crime, and provide a safe environment for all.

The Urbana Police Department will continually strive for excellence in the performance of its duties through education, training, and collaboration with its citizens.

Community Policing

In 1993, the City of Urbana identified the need  to implement Community Policing as a primary effort to more effectively address citizen concerns about crime and safety. Community Policing emphasizes a collaborative problem solving approach between the police and the community in problem identification, prioritizing, and resolving their concerns.


The Urbana Police Department’s Community Policing strategy is to help make our community a safer environment in which to live, work, and recreate; through collaboration and problem solving in partnership with our citizens. The goal of our community policing strategy is to reduce crime and the public fear of crime by seeking citizen involvement, cooperation and support.

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