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
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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.