Under the Texas Education Code, Subchapter E, Chapter 51, Prairie View A&M University is authorized to operate its own police department. The department is staffed by 21 licensed and commissioned police officers.
Prairie View A&M University Police Department takes the lead in providing a safe environment for the university community by protecting life and property. To achieve this protection, PVAMU Police Department maintains patrols to deter and detect crime, report fires and safety hazards, and control traffic on campus.
All police officers have completed their training at a state-approved police academy and have the same authority and power as any other police agency within the State of Texas. Police officers enforce all applicable federal, state, county, and city laws as well as university regulations.
The police department utilizes vehicle, foot and bicycle patrols to ensure the safety of all who work, visit, or attend Prairie View A&M University. The buildings on campus are periodically walked through and the residential areas of campus are also. The residential areas are patrolled by vehicles and the bicycle patrol for visibility and to promote community policing.
The department works closely with surrounding law enforcement agencies.