For the most part, campus police officers are polite and professional. However, UB has an irreverent student body, so the police force is very unpopular. Students gripe whenever police interfere with their "right to break the law." The campus police force is relatively large and visible, although they don't usually have much to do on North Campus besides providing security for campus events and patrolling the loop roads. They were once famous for giving speeding tickets, but their citation books were taken last year, so they can't write moving violations anymore. Police are serious about ticketing illegally parked cars, however.
If they get along well with their RAs, students can get away with drinking in their dorm rooms without a problem. A few of the tougher RAs will write you up for public drunkenness. Smoking pot is another matter. Most get community service hours, but students who sell or have a big stash can be kicked out of school. The apartment complexes' rules about partying and underage drinking are also enforced surprisingly well. The strictness of police on campus just forces students to party off campus, where Buffalo cops are pretty lax. Police bust up Heights parties only if they get really loud and spill into the street; the general rule is that if you keep it in the back, they'll look the other way. But Amherst police are extremely tough. They take Amherst's ranking as "Safest U.S. Town" seriously, and they don't want anyone stepping out of line. Stick to the speed limit on Niagara Falls Boulevard and Millersport Highway, and don't follow too close, swear too loudly, or smile too broadly.