The Security Division of Universiti Putra Malaysia (formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia) was established in 1978 after undergoing two important phases: the first was during the time when it was known as the Malaysia Agricultural College (before 1971) and the second was after the establishment of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.
Before the establishment of Universiti Putra Malaysia, previously known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, the position of 'Jaga' was absorbed by the University. Staff from colleges in the university who were part time workers, cleaners, drivers and general workers were among the ones appointed to hold the post. There were only ten personnel supervised by a foreman. Security services during that time did not have an organized structure and all management tasks were handled by the Plantation Department. On April, 1st1974, the University management established the Security Unit, managed by an appointed security officer. By then, the position of 'Jaga' was abolished and was renamed as Campus Security where the total number of Campus Security personnel was 40.
In order to keep up with the development of the university and due to the increase of the number of students and staff members as well as the complexity of the infrastructure, in 1978, the Security Department was established. This new department was headed by a Security Director and the Security Department was placed under the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development). It was transferred to the office of the Vice Chancellor on 1st January 2004. However, on 28th July 2006, the Security Department was placed under the Corporate Service Department of the Registrar.
In an effort to improve its quality, the Security Department had upgraded its infrastructures significantly as shown by the renovation of the Security Counters and Control Posts for greater effectiveness. In line with the university's vision to become a world-class university, the Security Department proceeded to tighten its operation system and on 19th September 2003, the Security Department succeeded in obtaining the MS ISO 9001:2008 certification.
On 1st July 2006, the Security Department collaborated with four entity : University Medical Centre, Universiti Islamic Centre, Culture and Art Centre, and the Registrar's Office. The collaboration was to acquire the MS ISO 9001:2008 certification. This was achieved by the Registrar's Office on 26th September 2007.