UT System Police Around the State - or World!


On February 20, 2016 ODOP Chief of Staff David Ferrero, along with SRRT Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Metzger and UT Arlington Corporal Jonathan King attended Texas City Cub Scout Pack 274's 2016 Blue and Gold Banquet where scouts of the Sheep Dog Patrol crossed over to Boy Scouts, led by Den Leader and UTMB Officer Johnny Soliz. Ferrero, Metzger and King were honored as Home Town Heroes and inspiration to the Scout Pack.

Scout Pack 274

Scout Pack 274 Bios



The Austin squad of the University of Texas System Police Rapid Response Team deploys to the McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis, for an active shooter training scenario in October 2015.

Alpine SRRT October 2015


On August 6, members of the University of Texas System Police Rapid Response Team (SRRT) conducted a training exercise with the System pilots, David Crosby and Jeff Perkins and aircraft. Bobby Harper, Senior Police Inspector and SRRT Commander, organized the event with the Aircraft Operations administrative staff. Director Michael Heidingsfield addressed the team following the exercise.




Officer Joe Pasqua, UT Austin PD, provides law enforcement, firefighting and wild land rescue services at his McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis (TX) assignment.

McDonald Observatory


McDonald Observatory


McDonald Observatory



At the CALEA Celebration Banquet held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UT San Antonio was awarded its third Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. Gene Garcia, Chief Steve Barrera and Lieutenant Robert Hudson were joined by Erica Wagner and Inspector Charlie Patnode from ODOP.




Erica Wagner (ODOP), Geoffrey Merritt (ODOP), Victoria Valenta (UT Austin PD) and Charlie Patnode (ODOP) took a break from attending the CALEA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico to ride the Sandia Tramway to 10,378 feet above the city. The view from the top encompasses 11,000 square miles of the Land of Enchantment.

Sandia Peak - CALEA 2014




At the Chiefs' Meeting held in Bandera October 7-10, 2013, Chief Tom Hain of the UT Permian Basin PD was awarded for his departments DWI Enforcement. Congratulations Chief Hain and UTPB PD.

Hain 2013 DWI Enforcement Award


Also on the agenda at the Bandera Chief's Meeting 2013 was a display by K9 Officers and their partners from UTMB and UTPA PDs.

K9 Officers at Bandera 2013



Members of the UT System, UT San Antonio AND the UT Health Science Center San Antonio police departments participated in the 2013 911 Memorial Tower Climb at the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio.



On Saturday, June 29, 2013 officers from across the country hiked to the highest point in their states to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a fundraiser for the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) organization. This year three UTSP officers hiked to the top of Guadalupe Peak; Officer Jovany Vega and Lieutenant Stephanie Padula from UTSA and Inspector Charlie Patnode from ODOP.

Cops on Top 2013


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

2013 Texas Police Memorial

2013 Texas Memorial Parade



UTSP, under the direction of Capt. Jay Tillerson, UT Arlington PD, on the campus of Southern Methodist University providing mutual aid for security of the dedication of the President George W. Bush Presidential Library; this was characterized as the most secure event in Dallas since the 1984 Republican National Convention, where ironically, then Arlington PD  Lt Mike Heidingsfield (now our Director of Police) was assigned to the multi-agency command post.


Dedication of Bush Presidential Library at SMU


Bush Museum Certificate

Additional photos from the dedication of the Bush Presidential Library at SMU from the library's website: http://www.smu.edu/bushcente

Bush library dedication at SMU crowd shot


Bush library dedication at SMU presidents



Director Heidingsfield at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 2012




On Saturday, June 30, 2012 officers from across the country hiked to the highest point in their states to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a fundraiser for the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) organization. Last year three UTSP officers attended from one institution. This year fourteen officers from three institutions as well as ODOP hiked to the top of Guadalupe Peak. From UTEP- Lt Michael Hanna, Lt Micki Lintz (not pictured), PO James Arbogast (not pictured), PO Bion Bell, PSO Emmery McCleary, PO Belinda Moran, Naipo Robertson (not pictured), and PSO Elizabeth Villarreal (not pictured). From UT Dallas- Lt Tim Dorsey, PO Stacey Rotunno, PO Oscar Sanchez. From UT San Antonio- Lt Stephanie Padula. From ODOP- Inspector Bobby Gideon, Inspector Charlie Patnode.



UT System Police officers from Galveston deploy to Grimes County to relieve exhausted Texas DPS officers working the wild fires in that county.

UTMB wildfire relief

UTMBwildfire relief


Inspectors David Ferrero, Bobby Harper and Glen Koen from the UT System and Officers from UT San Antonio, UT HSC San Antonio, UT Austin and UT Houston Police Department attended Federal Law Enforcement training in Artesia, New Mexico for the System Rapid Response Team.





Sgt. Charlie Patnode, Elizabeth Carter, Ofc. Melody Piepho, UTSAPD Support Services, representing UT San Antonio Police at the June 25, 2011 Cops on Top event. This was to honor the officers that have been killed in the line of duty. Officers from each state hike to the highest point in their respective states. In Texas, it is the Guadalupe Peak in the Guadalupe Mountains with an 8700 foot elevation. It was just over 8 miles round trip. 126 officers attended from Dallas PD, Houston PD, El Paso PD, Lubbock County SO, and a few other agencies. It was 111 degrees by the time we came down the mountain! It was fun and look forward to doing it again. Maybe we can get more UT System Police officers involved!

Cops on Top

Cops on Top




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