UT Police Department News

UTPD leaders chosen for Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women

Troy Lane

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has selected UT Police Chief Troy Lane and Lieutenant Donnie Ross to take part in its National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. The association is bringing campus law enforcement leaders together to focus on violent crimes against women and to support best practices within campus police departments.

2013 Campus Security Booklet Available Online

The campus 2013 security booklet is now available. 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.

Today’s UT Alert Test

Earlier this afternoon, the university tested the text messaging and e-mail messaging portions of its UT Alert notification system. If you did not receive the messages, visit the UT Alert page and verify your account information. UT Alert messages are sent only during serious emergencies that require you to act immediately or to be aware of an imminent threat to your safety. The UT Police Department also will use the system to let you know about major disruptions in campus schedules.

University Center Reopens After Robbery

The University Center is now open after authorities evacuated the building following a robbery at the UT Federal Credit Union branch inside the UC. No other changes have been made to campus operations today. At around 11:30 a.m today, a black male wearing white scrubs, a white apron, and a white mask entered the bank branch and demanded money. He left a suspicious package at the scene which prompted the evacuation of the building. There were no injuries. Law enforcement bomb squad members have cleared the package and determined the building can reopen. The bank will remain closed for the rest of today.

Robbery at the University Center

A robbery occurred at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center at around 11:30 a.m. today. The University Center has been evacuated. The campus community should avoid the area until further notice. The suspect is a black male, wearing white scrubs, a white apron, and a white mask. An investigation into the situation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the UT Police Department at 865-974-3114.

Emily Simerly Named UTPD Chief of Administration

Emily Simerly

University of Tennessee Police Department Lieutenant Emily Simerly has been named Deputy Chief of Administration, Chief Troy Lane announced today. Simerly began serving in her new role on Tuesday.

UTPD Hosts Sixth Annual Memorial Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the UT Police Department’s annual golf tournament that benefits children of UTPD staff and retirees. The sixth annual UTPD Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Three Ridges Golf Course at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. UTPD has held the event since 2007 to fund the UTPD Memorial Scholarship.

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.