Just in time for the new academic year, the UT Police Department has launched new initiatives to enhance safety by keeping the campus and surrounding community more informed. The new efforts include an anonymous tip service and improved efforts to share information about UTPD’s enforcement and prevention activities.
The UT Police Department has its first-ever police dogs—two Belgian Malinois that are trained to detect explosives.
WATE-TVWATE-TV spoke with UTPD about some of the new safety initiatives being rolled out on campus this semester. The campus now has access Tip411, an anonymous tip line where students can text information to police. The department has also ramped up its social media efforts to keep students better informed, tweeting a daily crime log and posting information about case clearance activity on the UTPD Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Neyland Stadium was recognized with the National Sport Safety and Security Facility of Merit Award earlier this month at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Conference in Orlando. The award recognizes a facility that has demonstrated an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security beyond normal operations, or addressed a significant safety or security concern.
On Monday, May 13, the University of Tennessee Police Department hosted a multiagency active shooter training exercise held at the Stokely Athletic Center on campus. Nearly 100 people from UTPD, the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation participated. UTPD hosts exercises like these to prepare a response to a potentially violent situation on campus.
Tennessee Homeland Security District 2 will present an active shooter seminar for the campus community from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the University Center Auditorium. There is no cost for the training and those wishing to attend must register by Thursday, May 2. UT Emergency Management Director Brian Gard said all students, faculty, and staff can benefit from the training, which has been specifically designed for college campuses.
With spring’s warm temperatures, severe weather and even tornadoes are a possibility. Should a tornado warning be issued that includes campus areas, you can protect yourself by following some basic steps. Knowing what to do when you receive an emergency notification is critical to your safety. For more information on staying safe on campus, visit the safety website.
Employees in the university’s Kingston Pike Building held the campus’s first tornado drill yesterday to prepare for the spring storm season. The building houses UT’s Office of Information Technology, a vital resource for the campus. In cases of emergencies, seconds matter so it’s important to be prepared and to know in advance how you should react. According to the campus’s Office of Emergency Management, drills provide you with the muscle memory that your brain relies on when reacting to trauma.
The campus’ 2012 Security Booklet is now available online. The booklet meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act, regarding the reporting of crime statistics and policies by the university. Printed copies may be obtained on campus at the Office of the Dean of Students or at the UT Police Department.
Do you know what to do if the unthinkable becomes a tragic reality? Individual response is critical to thwarting the goals of an active shooter. Do you know when it is best to run or seek cover? Answers to these questions can be found on the emergency preparedness website.