safety News

Walking to the Hill? Avoid the crowds and take the Pedestrian Bridge

UTPD have asked for faculty, staff, and students’ help in alleviating the heavy pedestrian backup at the corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Avenue, just below the Hill. Now that fall semester has begun, the safety of all pedestrians and motorists—especially during the busiest times between classes—is a foremost concern.

UTPD Takes Safety from Door to Door

This week the University of Tennessee Police Department took to the streets to talk safety with students living in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Several local media outlets were on hand to catch the interaction. Find links to the coverage here.

WBIR-TV: Crime down in Fort Sanders ahead of new safety program

WBIR-TV spoke with UT Police Department Chief Gloria Graham about the decreasing crime rates in Fort Sanders, the neighborhood adjacent to the UT Knoxville campus. Last year the neighborhood saw a 22 percent reduction in overall crime compared to the year before. The already decreasing crime rates bode well for a new door-to-door safety program UTPD will kick off next week.

UT Knoxville Hosts First SEC Emergency Management Conference

Emergency personnel from Southeastern Conference universities are on the UT Knoxville campus today for the Police Chief and Emergency Manager Conference. The two-day conference is the first of its kind, and brings together thirty emergency management professionals from all twelve of the SEC schools.

Hot Weather Tips from UT Student Health Service

Dr. Spencer Gregg, physician and medical director with UT’s Student Health Service, offers some quick tips on how to avoid heat injury and stay cool in the summer heat. Wearing light-weight, loose-fitting clothing; drinking plenty of fluids; and restricting outdoor activity are just a few simple ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from heat sickness and dehydration.

WVLT: Security changes since 9/11

WVLT-TV spoke with Lt. Emily Simerly of the UT Police Department about security changes on campus since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. UT Knoxville hosts high-profile guests and crowds of thousands, both of which are potential terrorism targets. Simerly says UTPD is as prepared as it’s ever been, and that most people probably don’t notice the bulk of the changes that have taken place.

Severe Weather Alert

The National Weather Service is reporting severe thunderstorms, including tornado activity, approaching our area. Watch local media closely and take proper precautions should a tornado threaten campus.

Be Prepared for Nasty Spring Weather

Spring brings warmer weather, lots of blooming plants…and the possibility of severe weather. Since tornadoes or high winds can form with little or no warning, the campus community should stay vigilant and know what to do in the event of severe weather.

UTPD Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

The UT Police Department is celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 11-17. Sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International and celebrated annually, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance.

UT Police Department Offers Tips for Staying Safe During Finals

UT Knoxville is approaching the end of the 2011 spring semester. This is a time of increased hours of studying and preparing final projects. The UT Police Department would like to remind everyone to take an active role in keeping their personal items safe. Statistically, April is one of the highest property crime months of the year. With everyone’s help, these kinds of crime can be reduced.