On November 10, 2015 UT Rio Grande Valley PD officers assisted the US Border Patrol with the seizure of 27 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, trafficked unlawfully across the international border adjacent the campus and confiscated before being distributed--The street value of the seizure is estimated at $866,000, the largest drug seizure with which the University of Texas System Police have been associated in the agency's near 50 year history.
UTRGV PD and the US Border Patrol combined on November 5, 2015 to detain two suspects and seize 80 pounds of marijuana being transited across campus following an unlawful border crossing—The seized marijuana is valued at more than $64,000.
On October 25, 2015, Chief David Carter and the UT Austin PD were recognized in Chicago by the International Association of Chiefs of Police by being awarded the IACP Committee on Terrorism and Booz Allen Hamilton Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award. The award was presented for their work with the Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force and a 2014 investigation that helped lead to the conviction of a former UT student on charges of Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists. Congratulations to Chief Carter and to the men and women of the UT Austin Police Department!
A UTSP Officer patrols in the vicinity of the Hidden Pines fire near Bastrop on October 15, 2015 (Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American Statesman)
On October 9, 2015 the UTRGV PD assisted the US Border Patrol in the search for multiple suspects crossing into the US unlawfully and the seizure of 92 pounds of marijuana abandoned by the suspects as they fled adjacent the UTRGV campus.
On October 9, 2015 UT Arlington PD Chief Kim Lemaux spoke at the graduation ceremony for the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy, where she had four officers graduating.
On October 1, 2015, UT Austin PD arrested two person for Criminal Tresspass at a campus demonstration.
On September 26, 2015 UTRGV PD officers detected the smuggling of 69 lbs of marijuana adjacent to the campus by two persons who entered the US unlawfully, resulting in one arrest and the seizure of both duffel bags of marijuana.
On September 23, 2015, Assistant Director Ruben Puente administered the Oath of Office to UT Health Science Center Officer Jefferson Bryan. Standing next to Officer Bryan is his brother, Tim Bryan, a Texas Justice of the Peace. Judge Bryan is holding the Bryan family bible.
Officers from UT Police Houston learn tactical medicine in ALERRT 2. Pictured here (L to R) Sgt. Scott Barnwell, Dr. Gregory Botz, Sgt. Eduardo Rodriguez, Sgt. Oscar Wilhite.
UT Tyler hosted 10-year-old Savannah Solis of Tyler,on August 19, 2015. Savannah is the creator of "Savannah's Challenge" an effort to send thank you cards to police officers around the world to thank them for the job they do. Chief Mike Medders and officers of the UT Tyler PD presented her with a shadow box to show their appreciation for her work.
The University of Texas System Police Life Saving Award was presented by Chief Barrera to Sergeant Jovany Vega, Officer James Lee, and Officer Eric Rubio at the 3rd Shift Roll Call on August 19, 2015. The combined efforts of Sergeant Vega and Officers Rubio and Lee proved absolutely critical in ensuring that a potential victim survived a suicide attempt.
Chief Tom Hain congratulates Mrs. Yvonne Wood UT Permian Basin Police Department’s Communications Supervisor who graduated from UT Permian Basin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice on August 7, 2015.
On July 29, 2015, UT Arlington Police Department welcomed their newest officers. From left to right in front are new officers Jessica Kruse, Jeff George, and Brian Watkins. Also pictured are Chief Lemaux, AC Tillerson, AC Cole and AC Holguin.
Just completed UT Brownsville Police Department building, to become part of the UT Rio Grande Valley PD.
Chief Zacharias "photobombed" a graduation photo with one of their women's basketball players and received the following as a result.
Chief Steve Barrera, UT San Antonio PD, accepts reaccreditation certificate from the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators in June 2015.
Chief William Adcox, UT Houston Police Department was awarded the 2015 Texas Police Chiefs' Association's Leadership Award at the TPCA annual conference in Galveston. Congratulations Chief!
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department at the 2015 Commencement of the University of Texas Brownsville.
Texas Department of Public Safety honors the McDonald Observatory Emergency Rescue Team, including Officer Joe Mike Pasqua, UT Austin PD, for the September 2014 Hell's Canyon Rescue Operation.
UTPB Police Department Administration honored the department’s Telecommunicators, Alexandra Sexton
Kendall Hallmark, and
Jennifer Ledbetter on April 21, 2015 at the UTPB PD annual Luncheon in which the department provided a luncheon along with recognition of the great job they provide.
Sergeant Scott Barnwell (pictured here with Chief Adcox) won the 2015 Staff Educator of the Year for UT MD Anderson Cancer Center on April 9, 2015.
Chief Raul Munguia, UT Rio Grande Valley PD, presents Assistant Chief James Loya with the UTSP Award of Excellence, April 6, 2015
On February 26th the University of Texas at Tyler hosted the Texas Supreme Court. The UT Tyler Police provided security for their oral arguments.
UT Pan American Police Department has been awarded the 2014 TXDOT Click-It-Or-Ticket Incentive Award and the 2014 TXDOT Impaired Driving Mobilization Incentive Award for the second year in a row. This is a reflection of our officers' dedication and hard work. These grants are affirmation that the efforts of our men and women in uniform are making a difference in promoting a safe environment for the university community.
The UT System PD in Houston hosts an annual Valentine's Day luncheon for an elderly community every year that includes a gift drawing and a home cooked meal served by Officers and Staff. The department considers it one of the highlights of their year. Pictures of the Senior Valentine Luncheon held on February 11,2015 at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church are featured below.
Click the link above to see pictures from the Swearing-in of Chief Raul Munguia
UT Permian Basin PD provides law enforcement services in Odessa and Ector County,
in the heart of the West Texas oil fields
Click the link above to view photos of the progress being made on
the first completely new standalone UTSP facility in recent memory!
UT Tyler Police Chief Medders presents the Civilian Employee of the Year award to Public Safety Officer Perry Eagle
UT Tyler Police Chief Medders presents the Police Officer of the Year award to Officer David Tarrant
UT Tyler Police Officer David Tarrant and Public Safety Officer Perry Eagle were named the Police Officer of the Year and the Civilian Employee for 2014. Through their daily efforts, their commitment, and their work ethic, they represent the department very well and are both well-liked and respected not only by their peers, but by students and staff throughout the campus
Director Heidingsfield and Assistant Director Puente were guests at the UT San Antonio PD Annual Awards Ceremony
Chief Holguin, Lt Trevino and Director Heidingsfield at the southern most point in Texas, outside of Brownsville and adjacent the SpaceX rocket launch site, soon to be protected by UT Rio Grande Valley PD.
Ben Reyna, Tirso Cruz and Michael Holquin at UT Brownsville's recent graduation
Assistant Director Ruben Puente and Acting Chief Michael Holguin with members of the UT Brownsville Police Department at their Promotional Ceremony
UT Arlington Police Department recently held a promotional ceremony where two officers were honored.
Marcus Epps (right), who began his career as a Guard with the UT Arlington Police department and has been an officer at UT Arlington since 2009, was promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant.
Arvind Isaac (left), who began his career at a Guard at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston and has been an officer at UT Arlington since May of 2014 was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant .
Congratulations Lieutenant Epps and Sergeant Isaac.
Inspector Angel Lemmonds, Lydia Navarro and Lieutenant Pete Hensgen
overlook the U.S./Mexico Border from the UT El Paso campus.
ODOP's Administrative Associate Lydia Navarro makes a visit to UT El Paso's Police Department
National Night Out 2014 at UT Arlington
ODOP Chief of Staff David Ferrero with newly promoted UT Pan American PD Police Sergeants Molly Ralph and Van Slusser at their promotion ceremony, September 30, 2014
Henry Tabao, Senior Administrative Assistant to Chief Adcox at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Police Department, is featured in the September/October 2014 issue of The Messenger, the official monthly employee publication for the Cancer Center. Click the picture above to read the article.
Chief William Adcox and the UT Houston PD System Rapid Response Team Squad receive the
national Spirit Award from the National Tactical Officers Association in Mobile, Alabama on 9/25/14
Inspector Bobby Harper, Office of the Director of Police, joins Chief Adcox and the squad at the award ceremony
UT San Antonio Police at the Alamo
UT Austin PD's Chief Carter on Bike Patrol
UT Austin's Bike patrol is featured on their Twitter Account
Dr. Alex Eastman, Medical Director and Inspector, UT System Police, interviewed in a
Parkland Hospital trauma room
Dr. Alex Eastman, Medical Director and Inspector, UT System Police, is interviewed at Parkland Hospital
SRRT Commander Bobby Harper with an element of the SRRT Rio Grande Valley Squad
UT System Police in the Rio Grande Valley, September 4, 2014
Chief of Police William Adcox, UT Houston Police Department, presents the University of Texas System Police Purple Heart to Officer Matthew Krawczak, who was seriously injured during a violent encounter with an offender in the early spring of this year. Officer Krawczak was hospitalized due to his injuries, underwent an extended physical therapy regimen and is now fully recovered and returned to duty.
On Wednesday July 23, 2014, UT Arlington PD presented three City of Arlington Library employees with Citizen’s Certificate of Merit award. Elizabeth Williams, Sara Vallejo, and Karen Ehrie contacted UT Arlington PD when they recognized a person in City of Arlington Central Library, blocks from campus, from a felony warrant bulletin distributed by UT Arlington PD. Thanks to the actions Elizabeth, Sara and Karen UT Arlington PD was able to apprehend and remove, without incident, an individual who had burglarized a campus facility and in the process of the burglary assaulted a staff member. These three ladies exemplify excellence in awareness and bring honor to themselves in keeping their community safe.
UT Houston Police Officer Rodney Wells who carried the "Flame of Hope" for the Texas Special Olympic Games with the young Special Olympics participant that will light the torch with Rodney.
UT System Police Rapid Response Team members make three arrests during the visit of President Barack Obama to the LBJ Presidential Library at UT Austin during the Civil Rights Summit, held April 2014
“University of Texas System Police (UTSP) award UT Health
Science Center Master Police Officer, Robert Trimyer--UTSP
Training Officer of the Year 2013.”
The UT HSC Training Division led by Officer Trimyer has provided over 30 certified courses this past year to departmental employees and our regional law enforcement partners from all corners of the state.
Our department personnel have also received over 2,480 hours of training at little or no cost, by utilizing our own certified instructors to teach the curriculum. We also have established a very strong partnership with UT San Antonio and we regularly share instructors and cohost police training on a bi-weekly basis.
Additionally, the department has been able to provide department personnel and regional police agencies with several Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, active shooter courses at the TRP Facility.
Our strong partnerships with outside agencies have allowed us to provide quality training with the majority of the training available at no cost or low cost to the department. In addition to providing the highest level of training, Officer Trimyer has been able to secure the donations of over $10,000 in free training and police related equipment.
More than 300 officers representing over 50 agencies from the State of Texas have been able to attend training located at the UTHSCSA in the following areas;
•Patrol Rifle Instructor and AR-15 Patrol Rifle Armorer
•ASP Baton instructor
•Field Training Officer
•GEO cell tracking
•Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFTST)
•Rape Aggression Defense Instructor (RAD)
•Reid Technique Interviewing and Interrogation
•Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).
Chancellor Cigarroa visits over breakfast with UTMB PD officers in Galveston during a visit
For his off-duty action, UT Arlington Police Officer Joel Rivera, center, received a distinguished service award from Michael Heidingsfield, director of police for the UT System. On Saturday, Nov. 2, at his apartment complex, Rivera captured a burglary and child sexual assault suspect. Shown with Rivera are John D. Hall, left, vice president for administration and campus operations, and UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux.
From The University of Texas Arlington MavWire
November 25, 2013
Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.
© 2013 The University of Texas at Arlington
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"
On November 21, 2013, Assistant Director Ruben Puente attended the swearing in ceremony for Officer Daniel Sanchez at UT Brownsville PD, see photos below.
On the weekend of October 19, 2013, 23 officers from throughout the UT System Police deployed to UT Tyler in response to a threat of violence directed at campus homecoming events.
Corporal Tim McKinney, from the UT Southwestern Police Department, took 1st Place Tactical Division - State Agency in the Texas Narcotics Officers Association’s Tactical Shooting Challenge held August 18-19 at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department firing range. Officer Greg Pollock and Captain Marcus Lewis, also shot the match.
Captain Vickie Weatherspoon (from left), Assistant Chief Jeff McGregor, Captain Doran Preacher and Captain Yolanda Siggers at the UT Police Houston Award Ceremony in July 2013, were Captain Weatherspoon received her thirty (30) years of service ribbon.
The UT Pan American command vehicle ready to be deployed to support an event.
Recent graduates of the TPCA's Developing Leaders for Texas Law Enforcement course from UT Southwestern Medical Center Police Department.
From left to right: Lt. Jason Bailey, Lt. Charles Sheridan, Lt. Michael Burtenshaw, Lt. Mark Holley
On May 24, 2013 the UT Arlington Police Tahoe led out the contingent of almost 100 police vehicles that escorted the runners on the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas. The UT Arlington campus hosts the 2013 Special Olympics Texas Summer Games May 24-26.
The University of Texas Police Department at Galveston (UTMB PD) and UTMB PD Chief Thomas E. Engells are proud to recognize UTMB PD Officer Gerardo Gonzales as their nomination for the Fifty Club Officer of the Year Award for outstanding law enforcement efforts while serving during 2012.
Officer Gerardo Gonzales has served with UTMB PD since September 1999 (13 years).
Officer Gerardo Gonzales is being nominated for the Fifty Club Officer of the Year Award for demonstrating excellent police patrol intuition and superior life saving aptitude. On Saturday, July 14th, 2012, Officer Gonzales, while traveling on the 3700 block of Broadway in Galveston, Texas heard a loud crashing sound and observed two vehicles on the roadway that had been involved in a major vehicular accident. Officer Gonzales stopped his vehicle, exited, and immediately checked on the physical well being of the persons involved in the accident. Officer Gonzales discovered that the driver of one of the vehicles (Later ID as Ms. Lauren Crater) had been injured, was unable to exit her vehicle on her own, and that her vehicle had caught on fire as a result of the accident. Officer Gonzales assisted Ms. Crater by removing her from her vehicle to a safe distance away from the fire that engulfed the damaged engine compartment of her vehicle.
UTMB PD Officer Gerardo Gonzales is married to his lovely wife Lena Marie Gonzales. His wife and he have two beautiful children whose names are Jonathan and Alexandra.
UTMB PD Officer Gerardo Gonzales is a 13 year veteran of the UTMB Police Department, holds a police intermediate certificate with TCLEOSE, and served in the U. S. Army for 3 years, achieving the rank of Corporal.
The University of Texas Permian Basin Police Department was awarded a Texas Department of Transportation Incentive award this year for the third consecutive year. The mentioned incentive award was a result of the department’s participation in the 2012 TxDot Labor Day Impaired Driving Mobilization Initiative. The programs focus around traffic safety and enforcement during high profile holiday periods throughout the year. Agencies that choose to participate in this voluntary initiative report enforced traffic safety activity for the given periods. Agencies are also required to publish one “media event” which is aimed toward public awareness of the program and dangers of drinking and driving. Upon meeting program requirements, supporting documents of enforcement activity is reported to TxDot. TxDOT then grants awards to participating agencies after being chosen from a lottery style drawing.
UT System Police Officers from multiple institutions attended Trauma Medical Training on March 29, 2013 conducted by UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
Director Heidingsfield visited the 3rd Shift at UTSA PD to present heroism awards to Corporal Allan Crocker, Jr. and Officer Robert Major for their response to an armed suspect on January 19, 2013.
Recently the UTSA Police Department was awarded a $3000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for its participation in a national enforcement effort on impaired driving. This period was for the Labor Day holidays from August 19th through September 6th 2012. UTSAPD joined in by having a media event and increased enforcement of impaired driving. Texas leads the nation in almost every alcohol related statistic. The only way we will ever change is for all of us to do our part. Together we can change our communities making it safer for all of our families!
SRRT Police Surgeons Dr. Alex Eastman and Dr. Jeff Metzger in their UTSP Uniforms
UTMB K-9 Officer Tyke with his partner, Officer Wesley Braunsdorf
The newest addition to the UTMB - Galveston Police Force, K-9 Officer Tyke
Inspector Charlie Patnode and Chief Robert Dahlstrom
in the endzone at Darry K. Royal Memorial Stadium
UT Houston Police Department officers in their new uniforms: Lto R Sgt Tina Cordova, Officers Sorangel Alvarez, Thaiddiaus Jones and Adrianne Arceneaux
UT Police Houston Officers Rodney Wells and David Lucas on patrol in the Texas Medical Center.
Houston SRRT Members have been deployed four times in support of other UT Police Components around the state in their first 11 months of activation. Pictured above: Sgt Kevin Gray, Officer Jose Reveles, LT Wayne Smith, Sgt Scott Barnwell (Team Leader) & Officer Carlos Guzman
Officer Carlos Guzman, Chief William Adcox and Officer Chad Wiland
with the plaques earned by the 1st Place Team in the 2012 Chancellor's Trophy Pistol Match
Assistant Director Ruben Puente administers the oath of office to
UT Brownsville Officer Samuel Hernandez on November 13, 2012
Mike Charlton, Ruben Cano, Mike Tacker, Mike Parks
On November 7, 2012, UT System Police Health Science Center San Antonio held its first Inaugural Golf Tournament “Golfing for Children” to benefit Child Safe, a Child Advocacy Center that provides specialized services to children that have abused, neglected or sexually abused.
The tournament was a success with strong representation from the UTHSCSA PD, San Antonio FBI Office, Terrell Hills PD, Bulverde PD, San Antonio Police Department, FBI National Academy, and Texas System Police Association, which raised $1000 for the benefit.
First Place: UTHSCSA PD Team 1; Mike Parks, Mike Tacker, Ruben Cano, Mike Charlton.
Second Place: Terrell Hills PD; Greg Whitlock, Bob Hardeman, Leo Galindo, Joe Hamilton.
Third Place: FBI San Antonio Office; Mark Bartek, Armando Fernandez, John Wear, Erik Vasquez.
Fourth Place: UTHSCSA PD Team 2; Steve Atkins, Jose Oyerbides, Michael Bleier, Mark Lobbiser.
Individual Awards: Closest to the pin - Joe Hamilton; Longest putt - Mike Tacker; Longest drive - Ruben Cano.
New Officers, New Uniforms, New Cars at UT Dallas Police Department!
On October 17, 2012 Director Heidingsfield and Assistant Director Puente attended the
UT Brownsville Police Department's Promotion Ceremony.
From left to right:
Sergeant Gregory Randall, Sergeant Mario Martinez Jr. ,
Lt. Reynaldo Trevino, Director Heidingsfield, Assistant Director Puente, Corporal Tirso Cruz,
Corporal Homar Bahena and Sergeant Cesar Garcia.
Click the link below to see more photos from this event.
UT Brownsville Promotions 2012
Police Inspector Bobby Harper, acting as Coordinator for DPS air to ground supoprt of the University of Texas at Austin Emergency Operations Center during the UT vs. WV game on October 6, 2012
Officers from the UT Arlington PD (pictured above in new uniforms with new equipment) participated in the National Night Out on October 2, 2012
UT Arlington PD's newest patrol vehicle
ODOP Police Inspector Bobby Harper and members of the System Rapid Response team assigned to support the security detail at a recent sporting event hosted at UT El Paso.
UT San Antonio Police SRRT squad during live fire shoothouse training at DPS.
Sergeant Scott Barnwell and Sergeant Kevin Gray, members of the SRRT from UTSP Houston, competed in the Texas Police Games and won 3rd Place in the SWAT Competition. Congratulations!
Officer Molly Ralph, K-9 handler and patrol officer at UT Pan American with her partner Odin
Chief Michael Parks, Health Science Center San Antonio(center) with newly promoted
Lt. Francisco Rangel and Sgt. Catrina Nanez. Congratulations Lt. Rangel and Sgt. Nanez!
At the Galveston 50 Club Annual Award luncheon held on May 14, 2012,
Officer Carlton Scott was recognized at the UTMB Police Department Officer of the Year!
Congratulations to Officer Scott and to the UTMB Police Department.
The University of Texas at Arlington Police Department’s new T-3 Motions have just arrived! They have been outfitted with 3M high reflective graphics incorporating the University’s logo partnering with the University of Texas System Police’s logo, as well as displaying University PD’s emergency number. They will be conducting training in the coming weeks, and then deploying the units to better serve the UT System community through patrolling the College Park District.
During an annual Induction Ceremony of The National Society of Leadership and Success, UTPB Guard Dorothy Johnston was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Service to the students at UTPB on Friday, April 27, 2012. UTPB President David Watt stated this was the first time someone from the Police Department has received this award. Guard “Dot” Johnston is photographed with UTPB Chief Tom Hain and Patrol Sergeant Robert Hammerman.
Congratulations to Corporal Timothy McKinney for his First Place win
in the NRA Tactical Police Competition held on March 10, 2012 in Anderson, South Carolina
UT Southwestern Medical Center Police Department opens its new facility, Spring 2012
Lt. Michael Hanna, UTEP with Sheriff Richard Wiles and the newest member of the El Paso County Sheriffs, son Officer Michael Hanna at his graduation ceremony held on February 24, 2012
Chief John Cardoza, UT Brownsville (far right) participated in the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) Regional Meeting to discuss the issues of illegal immigration. The PERF Report, is available at this link: http://policeforum.org/library/immigration/VoicesfromAcrosstheCountryonImmigrationEnforcement.pdf
UT Southwestern PD new vehicle with new UTSP graphics
UT Dallas Police Department's adoption of the new blues is featured in the January 30, 2012 issue of
The Mercury, the student newspaper of the The University of Texas at Dallas.
The first operational deployment of the UT System Rapid Response Team provided a quick reaction force with over-watch capability as well as a live aerial direct link video feed of the venue at the University of Texas at El Paso Sun Bowl on December 31, 2011. The team included officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and The University of Texas System Office of the Director of Police.
Congratulations to the the UT Permian Basin Police Department! For the second year the department has been awarded a grant from TXDOT for their participation in the "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign. The money will be used to purchase new light bars for two of their marked units.
Kudos to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department
for being the first to be 100% in the new blue uniforms!
ODOP Police Inspectors Glen Koen, Paul Shepherd and David Ferrero provide support for security at the Grand Gala celebrating the opening of the Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center at
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.