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On February 26th the University of Texas at Tyler hosted the Texas Supreme Court. The UT Tyler Police provided security for their oral arguments.

Texas Supreme Court at UT Tyler


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.

UTPAPD receives TXDOT grant


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.

UTSP Houston Valentine's Day 2015

UTSP Houston Valentine's Day 2015

UTSP Houston Valentine's Day 2015


UTSP Houston Valentine's Day 2015


UT Rio Grande Valley swears in their first Chief of Police

Click the link above to see pictures from the Swearing-in of Chief Raul Munguia


UT Permian Basin oilfield

UT Permian Basin PD provides law enforcement services in Odessa and Ector County,

in the heart of the West Texas oil fields

UT Brownsville PD Police Station

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 Public Safety Officer Eagle

UT Tyler Police Chief Medders presents the Civilian Employee of the Year award to Public Safety Officer Perry Eagle

UT Tyler Officer Tarrant

UT Tyler Police Chief Medders presents the Police Officer of the Year award to Officer David Tarrant

UT Tyler Police Annual Award Plaque

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

UT San Antonio Police motorcycle

UTSP Motorcycle speed check

UT San Antonio PD Annual Awards Ceremony

UT San Antonio PD Annual Awards Ceremony

UT San Antonio PD Annual Awards Ceremony

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.


UTB Graduation

Ben Reyna, Tirso Cruz and Michael Holquin at UT Brownsville's recent graduation

UTB Promotion

Assistant Director Ruben Puente and Acting Chief Michael Holguin with members of the UT Brownsville Police Department at their Promotional Ceremony

UTB Promotion


Epps and Isaac Promotion 2014

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.


Visit to El Paso

Inspector Angel Lemmonds, Lydia Navarro and Lieutenant Pete Hensgen

overlook the U.S./Mexico Border from the UT El Paso campus.

Navarro at UTEP

ODOP's Administrative Associate Lydia Navarro makes a visit to UT El Paso's Police Department

UT Arlington National Night Out

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

UTSA PD at the Alamo

UTSA PD at the Alamo

UT San Antonio Police at the Alamo

Carter on bike patrol

UT Austin PD's Chief Carter on Bike Patrol

UT Austin PD Twitter

UT Austin's Bike patrol is featured on their Twitter Account


Eastman Parkland ER

Dr. Alex Eastman, Medical Director and Inspector, UT System Police, interviewed in a

Parkland Hospital trauma room

Eastman at Parkland

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 Brownsville EOC


UT Brownsville Speed

UT Brownsville Border

UTPA Canine Sweep

UT System Police in the Rio Grande Valley, September 4, 2014

UTPA Canine Patrol

UTPA Incident Command Vehicle

UTB Tahoes


Krawczak Purple Heart

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.



Arlington Citizens Recognition

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.




Officer Wells with Special Olympics Partner

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.  

Civil Rights Summit Arrest

Civil Rights Summit arrest

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
•AED/CPR Instructor
•Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFTST)
•TCOLE instructor
•Rape Aggression Defense Instructor (RAD)
•Reid Technique Interviewing and Interrogation
•Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).   


Chancellor visits UTMB Police Department

Chancellor Cigarroa visits over breakfast with UTMB PD officers in Galveston during a visit


UT Arlington Awards Rivera

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"

UTB Seizure


On November 21, 2013, Assistant Director Ruben Puente attended the swearing in ceremony for Officer Daniel Sanchez at UT Brownsville PD, see photos below.

UTB Sanchez


UTB Sanchez Group


UTB Sanchez Puente



Tyler Deployment Collage

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.


Houston Awards 2013

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.


UTPA Command Van

The UT Pan American command vehicle ready to be deployed to support an event.


TPCA Graduates

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

UT Arlington Torch RunUT Arlington Law Enforcement Torch Run

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.


UTMB Officer of the Year 2013

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.

Click this link for UT Brownsville Border Security Photos

UTB Hernandez

UT Brownsville Officer Samuel Hernandez returns a stolen bicycle to UTB student Adonai Avalos

UTB CruzUT Browsnsville Corporal Tirso Cruz returns a stolen bicycle to its owner, UTB Student Armando Cortez


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.



SRRT Trauma Training

UT System Police Officers from multiple institutions attended Trauma Medical Training on March 29, 2013 conducted by UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas


UTSA 3rd Shift Awards

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.


UTSA TXDOT Grant Award

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 Docs in uniform

SRRT Police Surgeons Dr. Alex Eastman and Dr. Jeff Metzger in their UTSP Uniforms


UTMB Tyke and Braunsdorf

UTMB K-9 Officer Tyke with his partner, Officer Wesley Braunsdorf



The newest addition to the UTMB - Galveston Police Force, K-9 Officer Tyke


Patnode & Dahlstrom at DKR

Inspector Charlie Patnode and Chief Robert Dahlstrom

in the endzone at Darry K. Royal Memorial Stadium


UT Houston PD new uniforms

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

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


Houston Chancellors Trophy

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


UTB Samuel Hernandez

Assistant Director Ruben Puente administers the oath of office to

UT Brownsville Officer Samuel Hernandez on November 13, 2012


UT Health Science Center SA Golf Tournament

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!

New Uniforms at UT Dallas PD



On October 17, 2012 Director Heidingsfield and Assistant Director Puente attended the

UT Brownsville Police Department's Promotion Ceremony.

Brownsville Promotion Group

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.

Brownsville Promotions

Click the link below to see more photos from this event.

UT Brownsville Promotions 2012


Aerial view 10-6-12 UT v WV

DPS at UT v WV

UT v WV 10-06-12

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


UTArlPD National Night Out

Officers from the UT Arlington PD (pictured above in new uniforms with new equipment) participated in the National Night Out on October 2, 2012


UTArlington Tahoe

UT Arlington PD's newest patrol vehicle


Operation Knockout

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 Ralph with Odin

Officer Molly Ralph, K-9 handler and patrol officer at UT Pan American with her partner Odin

ParksRangelNanezChief Michael Parks, Health Science Center San Antonio(center) with newly promoted

Lt. Francisco Rangel and Sgt. Catrina Nanez. Congratulations Lt. Rangel and Sgt. Nanez!


ScottUTMB Officer of the Year

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.


T3 Motions

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.


Dot Johnson

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


Cardoza at PERF

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:


UTSW Tahoe

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.


SRRT Sunbowl deployment

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.

SRRT Sunbowl Deployment




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.


UT PB Police Department in their new blues

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.


UTPanAm Command Vehicle



Bike Patrol

Bike Patrol Officer

Bike Patrol Officer

Bike Patrol Officer

Bike Patrol with Students

On Patrol

El Paso Bike patrol

El Paso Patrol Officer

K9 Patrol

Patrol Car MB

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