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UT Dallas Students Form Volunteer Emergency Response Team on Campus

Can UTRGV Cops Ticket Semi-Trailer Trucks on FM 802?

UT System Police Director wins award

Brownsville school district police hosts bike safety expo

UT San Antonio earns top state award for its commitment to ending sexual violence

UT RGV Chief Munguia discusses security updates

UT Austin PD hires more officers a year after murder on campus

UT Austin officers respond to shots fired on campus

UT Austin Police to begin using Body Cameras

UT Austin's K-9 Unit "Puts Bark to Their Bite"

UT Arlington PD named 2016 Pacesetter Police Department of the Year

UT San Antonio named one of the safest colleges in nation

UT Tyler Officer Beverly Kennedy featured in article "Building a Better Self" in the September 2, 2016 issue of INMagazine

UT Austin PD's Captain Charles Bonnet featured in article "Campus Police Work to Ensure Cultural Competency, Community" in the October 2016 issue of Insight Into Diversity

Chronicle of Higher Education - How a University is Training Its Police to Take a Trauma-Informed Approach to Sexual Violence

Campus Carry at UT: When should a "carrying" student draw their weapon?

UT San Antonio names new Chief - Gerald Lewis

UT Austin PD provides info leading to an arrest in the Austin rock-throwing case.

UT San Antonio Chief Steve Barrera retires after 37 years of law enforcement service.

UT Medical Branch's Canine Officer Noey and her handler, Officer Wesley Braunsdorf, featured in the UTMB Impact, April 2016.

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Assistant Director Ruben Puente attends news conference with Associate VP for Campus Safety and Security, Bob Harkins, UT President Greg Fenves, APD Assistant Chief Troy Gay, VP of Student Affairs Gage Paine and Texas DPS Agent Joe Ortiz


Following UT homicide victim’s likely route.

UT Austin homicide investigation ongoing; video of suspect; President Fenves calls for safety review.

A new Detective for UT Austin sexual assault investigations will receive specialized training on responding to sexual assaults and working with survivors.

The University of Texas System Police announces the release of The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault, developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Click below for a full listing of media coverage and interest expressed from other agencies.

Blueprint Media Coverage


Representative Poncho Nevarez commends the efforts of UT System

to combat sexual assault on campus

K2 arrests increase near UT Austin campus.

Former UT Southwestern employee pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme.

Information provided by UT Health Northeast Tyler PD results in the arrest Louisiana fugitive who allegedly shot girlfriend, 1 other person in Smith County.

UT HSC San Antonio PD arrests two kidnapping suspects en route to ATM with victim.

UT Austin remains vigilant ahead of football season finale.

UT Austin PD arrests suspect armed with a knife.

UTMB Police Department Receives Pacesetter Award.

Chancellor William McRaven on Campus Public Safety and The University of Texas System Police.

UT Austin Chief David Carter responds to online threats.

Chief David Carter, UT Austin PD on "protecting those who will change the world."

University of Texas at Tyler Police Department named a 2016 Finalist Department of the Year at the National Campus Safety Sumit.

On September 15, 2015, UT Austin Police arrested a man who ran into traffic and caused an automobile accident.

On August 30, 2015, Chancellor McRaven visited the UT Austin Police Department and presented Medal of Valor and Life Saving Medals to UT Austin Officer Scheets and Distinguished Service and Life Saving Medals to UT Austin Officers Watkins, Cuellar and Rask.

On July 22, 2015, UT Austin PD apprehended a knife-welding suspect who threated students along Guadalupe Street

Sergeant Kevin Gray, UT Houston Police Department, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the IACLEA Merit Award presented to an officer "...who each day displays professionalism and excellence in performing his duties and whose actions and attitude bring credit to the campus law enforcement community"

Campus Safety Magazine recognizes Chief William Adcox, UT Houston Police Department as Director of the Year in the hospital category

The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department and Chief Thomas Engells are proud to recognize Officer Jose Cortez as their recipient of the Fifty Club Officer of the Year Award for outstanding law enforcement efforts while serving during 2014

Two UTMB employees rescue woman trapped inside smoking, overturned vehicle

Chief Adcox, UT MD Anderson/UT Health Science Center Houston PD, presents a podcast from the February 2015 issue of Campus Safety Magazine on his department's Threat Management Team.

UTMB Police create mass-casualty kits for active-shooter situations

UT San Antonio PD arrests man accused of pulling gun during basketball game at Gold's Gym

UT Austin PD Creates Bike Unit to Patrol the Drag

UT Arlington Police Officer James Vernier provides CPR during basketball game, saving a referree's life

UT Austin Chief David Carter discusses working with Austin PD to increase patrol of "The Drag"

UTRGV selects its first police chief - The Brownsville Herald

Raul Munguia, former Assistant Chief of the Austin Police Department tapped to become Chief of the UT RGV PD - Austin American Statesman

Director Heidingsfield and Inspector Patnode visit UT Brownsville PD.

Director Heidingsfield interviewed regarding the UT System's Rescue Vehicle

UTPA police make arrest for interfering with an emergency call, injuring a child and assault of a family/house member.

Construction begins on new headquarters for the UT Brownsville Police Department

Two UT Austin football players arrested, charged with sexual assault

UTPD: Arrest of UT Football Players (news conference with UT Austin PD Chief David Carter)

Former graduate student arrested, accused of stalking and harrassing a woman at UT Brownsville.


On Wednesday evening, August 27, 2014, the UT Brownsville PD responded to a request for assistance from the US Border Patrol to search for an unidentified number of persons who had crossed into the US unlawfully from Mexico adjacent to the UTB campus--The persons involved fled and could not be located but during the course of the search, four duffel bags containing 91.8 lbs of marijuana (41.68k) were found abandoned in a field adjacent to the campus and were subsequently seized--The seizure is valued at $73,440.

UTSP's Medical Director, Dr. Alexander Eastman, is recognized by the Texas Exes as one of 2014's Outstanding Young Texas Exes

UT Austin PD Offers Rape Defense Course - Lt. Laura Davis is interviewed regarding self-defense course offered by UT Austin PD.

FBI head: 100 Americans on watch list - UT System Chiefs of Police Barrera, Carter (pictured), Loya and Parks (pictured) join FBI Director James B. Comey in San Antonio.

Congratulations to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Police Department for achieving “Recognized Status” for compliance with the Texas Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Police Department is to be commended for the commitment made to this process. Every employee of the agency can be proud of this accomplishment. 

This is the 104th Recognized Agency. During the 2015 TPCA Annual Conference UTSWPD will be recognized before their peers.  This Recognition Program is raising the bar for Law Enforcement in Texas and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Police Department is part of it!   

Murder Suspect Presumed Dead After Edinburg Officers Wounded

South Texas Police Officers Shot Serving Warrant

Chief James Loya, UT Pan American PD and the UTSP System Rapid Response Team/Rio Grande Valley Squad members Lt. Rey Trevino, Lt. Diego Mata and Officer Marco Rodriguez responded to a request from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and the Edinburg Police Department for mutual aid on this incident—Our officers and our tactical vehicle staged in that region responded immediately and were present throughout the incident, prepared to support their fellow officers in any way that was necessary.

Running stop sign ends with DWI, child endangerment charges - thanks to the efforts of UT Brownsville Police Officers Salinas and Hernandez!

UT System Police COPS on Top 2014

June 28, 2014, ODOP Police Inspector Charlie Patnode along with other UTSP personnel completed the annual Cops on Top hike to the top of Guadalupe Peak with fantastic weather:

Sgt. Elizabeth Carter, UTSA 3rd Time; Det. Jovany Vega, UTSA 2nd time; Ofc. Alicia Dockens, UTSA 1st time; PSO. Guadalupe Hardcastle, UTSA 1st time; Ofc. Stacey Rotunno, UTD 2nd time; Ofc. Bion Bell, UTEP 3rd time.


These outstanding individuals were joined by friends and family. Lupe Hardcastle and Sgt. Carter are sisters who were also joined on the hike by their brother. Detective Vega was accompanied by his wife Xochitl and Ofc. Dockens was accompanied by her father Tony Macevicius. Former UTEP officer, Tim Heidtman also joined us on the hike. The UTSA entourage was wearing the 132 shirts in honor of Sgt. Hector Barrera.

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UT Dallas Officer Excels in Marathon

UT Dallas Police Detective Stacey Rotunno finished in second place in the women's division in her first marathon, held recently to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

Her time of 4:48:27 earned her second place in the women's division and 10th overall in Running the Distance's MS Marathon on May 24. Her results were even more surprising because she had trained only three weeks before this race, running 12 miles on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday. She had been sidetracked last fall with a foot injury while training for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, which was canceled due to the ice storm in December.

"I was kind of shocked. I know it's a small marathon, but it's still pretty cool. I cried a little bit," Rotunno said.

The race, held at Bachman Lake, required runners to cover the 3-mile loop eight times. Fifty-one runners did the full marathon; eight ran the half-marathon.
"During the seventh lap, I was ready for it to be done," Rotunno said.



UT Pan American Officers Honored by MADD

Three UT System Police Officers from UT Pan American PD were recently recognized at the 4th Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Law Enforcement Recognition Event, held in Brownsville, TX on June 20, 2014.   

From left to right: Commitment To Youth Award 2013 – Officer Marco Rodriguez; Enforcement Hero Award 2013 – Officer Molly Ralph; Commitment Hero Award 2013 – Cpl. Van Slusser. Congratulations!

UTPanAm MADD Heroes 


Chief Kim Lemaux, UT Arlington PD is featured in an article in UT Arlington's The Shorthorn.


UT System Police Rapid Response Team member Jerry Chesser is featured at the 2014 Texas Tactical Police Officers’ Association conference in Houston, at the 1:10 mark.


Chief Thomas Engells, UT Medical Branch Police Department, is interviewed in a recent issue of Directions, a publication of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety. See page 10 for the interview.


The University of Texas System commissions its first Assistant Chief of Police for the UT Brownsville Police Department.


A press conference with Dr. Alex Eastman, UT Southwestern and System Rapid Response Team (SRRT) Surgeon, regarding the use of a medical kit deployed with our SRRT.


A man and woman were arrested after allegedly stealing textbooks from Neebo Bookstore at the University of Texas – Pan American


Kidnapper Convicted - McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury sitting in McAllen has returned a guilty verdict against Miguel Angel Navarro, 36, of Hidalgo, on two counts of conspiracy to commit and committing hostage taking, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The verdict was returned following a four-day trial and less than four hours of deliberation.


Jurors begin hearing evidence in UTPA Kidnapping trial.


The man charged with kidnapping a UTPA student heading to court.


Chief Roger Stearns, UT Pan American Police, announces his retirement after five years. Assistant Chief James Loya to act as Interim Chief.


UT Health Science Center theft suspect arrested

As a result of the issuance of a Crime Stoppers bulletin in November and a partnership with St. Mary’s University/SAPD on the execution of a search warrant for theft of a computer and wallets from unlocked faculty offices UT HSC SA police were able to recover stolen items. On January 10, 2014, San Antonio Police arrested the suspect on UT HSC San Antonio warrant.


New UTA Top Cop Gets Rave Reviews



UTAustin MJ Seizure

On 12/13/13 UT Austin PD officers seized 52 pounds of marijuana and $16,000 cash in a felony arrest of what began as a suspicious person in a vehicle in a campus parking lot.


On Friday, November 22, 2013, UT Brownsville PD Officers seized 58.5 pounds of marijuana being trafficked across the UTB campus, presumably directly from Mexico--This is the single largest on-campus seizure of marijuana in the history of the University of Texas System Police--The seizure is valued at $46,800


UT Houston PD produced a video for the 2013 Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police held October 2013 in Philadephia.


Policing Beyond the Sidewalks - UTPA Police Department holds jurisdiction throughout the Rio Grande Valley


Authorities raid stash-house where women may have been raped


UT Austin PD expands efforts into West Campus


UT Houston Chief William Adcox awared IACLEA's 2013 Award for Administrative Excellence!


UT Pan American Police Department adopts Crime Fighting App


Beau Biden undergoes hospital tests at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Man wanted in multiple sexual assaults in Houston.


UT System Police featured in the July 2013 issue of the UT System Staff Council Voice.


Captain Doran Preacher of the University of Texas Police at Houston has been selected as a recipient of The MD Anderson Best Boss Award for 2013. 


The Daily Texan recently featured an article on Assistant Chief Terry McMahan's 30 years of service to the UTPD.


Officer Joseph M. "Mike" Pasqua of UT Austin PD was honored by TCLEOSE at their annual award ceremony on June 13, 2013, for his Achievement in Public Service.


15 UT System Police officers are participating in the 2013 Summit for Heroes!

See the roster at the link above and look for pictures in the Around the World photo gallery.


The UT Austin Bait-Bite program makes the national news!


UT Austin Police successfully uses Bait-Bike program to track and locate bicycle theives in cooperation with the Austin Police Department.


UT Health Science Center San Antonio Police arrest an employee accused of sending harrassing text messages.


Officers from UT Arlington PD aided in the identification and detention of a man on a mental health warrant.


Congratulations to the University of Texas Health Science Center Police Department and Chief Michael Parks for meeting the requirements and achieving IACLEA Accreditation!


UT San Antonio PD Honor Guard has been selected to lead the 2013 State of Texas Police Memorial Parade which begins on South Congress at Lady Bird Lake at 10AM on May  6th—Kudos to UTSA PD, Chief Barrera and Lt. Padulla (Honor Guard Commander)!  


UTSW PD apprehend Dallas fugitive captured after checking into hospital for cuts suffered in escape


An April Fool's joke lands two UTEP students in jail.


UTEP safe after evacuation; 15, 000 people flee campus after bomb threat phoned in


UT Pan American PD canine officers assist the Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and seize 956 pounds of marijuana in an Alamo, TX residence


Lt. Stephanie Padula of the UTSA PD awarded the Celebrating Excellence Award for FY 2013, congratulations Lt. Padula!


Over Two pounds of Marijuana and 15 Grams of Amphetamine Seized by UT San Antonio Police Department Officers.

UT Dallas Chief Larry Zacharias featured in the latest issue of the UT Dallas student Newspaper, The Mercury.

UT Arlington Chief Robert Hayes announces his plans to retire Spring 2013.

UT Tyler and UT Tyler Health Science Center Police Departments recognized for their efforts in successfully responding to a choking victim at a campus event.

A story from the Business and Finance Quarterly Update issued by the UTMB Office of the Executive Vice President about UTMB PD's recent CALEA Accreditation.


Stories in the McAllen Monitor about the arrest of a men accused in a kidnapping for ransom on the campus of UT Pan American.

A report in the October 2, 2012 Tyler Morning Telegraph highlights UT Tyler's 2012 Annual Security and Fire Report which shows declining crime statistics.

Derogatory comment against Islam motive in UTB bomb threat. UT Brownsville Police arrested a suspect accused of phoning in a bomb threat to the UT Brownsville campus early Sunday morning, September 16, 2012.

UT System Police Rapid Response Team deploys to support UT Brownsville PD in the search for and arrest of suspect threatening to detonate an explosive device on campus—the suspect was taken into custody without incident within twelve hours of the arrest.


Officer Molly Ralph's selection as Officer of the Month for July is featured in the July UTPA Newsletter.


The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department in the new navy uniform was featured in June 6, 2012 issue of the campus online newspaper Impact.


Eighteen students arrested in 'sweatshop" protest at UT Austin on April 18, 2012:

Chief John Cardoza, UT Brownsville participated in the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) Regional Meeting to discuss the issues of illegal immigration. A picture and link to the report are available on the Institution Photo Gallery page


How Secure are the labs handling the world's deadliest pathogens? (Reuters)

Congratulations to Chief Tom Engells and the University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department on gaining CALEA Recognition!

Chief Bill Adcox and Chief Tom Engells recognized for their contributions to security and public safety by Security Magazine.

Chief Engells Recognized for his Exceptional Support and Leadership by the Galveston Police Department

UTMB Aides Tri-County Fire Victims

UTPA Welcomes newest addtion to PD. Drug dogs to sniff out narcotics around campus.

Story about the System Rapid Response Team featured on UT4U.

UT Tyler President Rodney Mabry and Michael J. Heidingsfield, UT System director of police, recently recognized the four UT Tyler police officers and guard for apprehending a suspect of an attempted sexual assault that occurred July 5. UT Tyler Student Blog

Congratulations to UT Austin Police Department's Captain Don Verett who has been accepted to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia! We will look forward to seeing his name on the list of FBINA Graduates posted on the Director's Update page.


Man charged with stealing, selling dental tools from UT Health Science Center San Antonio.


Alleged kidnapper dies after shooting self in the head

Houston Chronicle
An Amber Alert for an abducted Houston mother and two young daughters ended hours after it was issued early Saturday with the victims safe and the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Courtney Dickerson, a registered sex offender, shot himself in the head about 9:30 a.m. in the backyard of a house in the 7300 block of Eisenhower, after running from officers, Houston police said.
Dickerson, 22, was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.
The suspect had been dating the mother, but she broke off the relationship earlier in the week, Silva said.
On Thursday morning, when the mother left her house for her job in the Texas Medical Center, Dickerson was waiting in the back of her Chevy Tracker, armed with a pocketknife, Silva said.
He drove the young woman to an apartment on Calhoun, where he sexually assaulted her and then drove her to work and took her vehicle, Silva said.
About 11:30 p.m. Friday, Dickerson kicked in the door of the mother’s home and abducted her, along with her two daughters, ages 2 and 4. The Amber Alert was issued at 4:15 a.m. Saturday.
Houston detectives staked out various spots, including Dickerson’s home in the 5600 block of Northridge, Silva said. When he showed up there Saturday morning in the victim’s missing vehicle, police pursued him until he abandoned the vehicle in the 7300 block of Dunkirk.
He ran between houses to Eisenhower, where he shot himself.
Silva said she didn’t know what happened to the victims during the 10 hours they were with the suspect.


UTEP Student Pleads Guilty to Child Porn charge.


Party at Aspen Heights ends in murder.


Four charged after 150 pounds of marijuana found in Edinburg home.

Former UT Health Sciences employee charged with stealing laptops.

UTMB Accountant Surrenders on Theft Charge.

U.S. District Court employee killed in Juarez.

UTA Student in murder-suicide was known to campus police.


UT System Guard and Police Officers Rescue Potential Suicide Victim

University of Texas is first University System Nationwide to Receive MIPT Training

TSPA Spring 2011 Newsletter - UT Police Director Heidingsfield Answers Your Questions

Director Speaks at Dallas Police Department Graduation Ceremony - Invitation

UT Pan Am and UT Brownsville listed in the top 50 Safest Campuses in the US


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