The UPD is run by a Board of Directors consisting of elected officials from the communities the UPD serves. Day-to-day operations are run by Sheriff Jim Winder who acts as CEO.
The Sheriff oversees a large group of pooled services that are used by all the communities the UPD serves including things like SWAT, Forensics, Dispatch, COP, the CAR Unit, K-9, and Media Services.
In addition to managing shared services, the Sheriff oversees local precincts, each with its own Commander who is chosen by each respective community. Commanders run each local precinct and have authority over local operations such as COP, traffic, patrol, and crossing guards.
This flexible structure allows participating communities to take advantage of the cost savings and efficiencies of pooled services while retaining local control over precinct-level operations. To see a graphical representation of how the UPD works, click on the chart to the left.