UT Police Department News

Campus Emergency Exercise Set for Friday, April 17

The Office of Emergency Management will facilitate a full-scale exercise on Friday to test campus plans for working with local response partners in the event of a serious emergency on campus or the surrounding area.

Paciello Named UT’s Clery Act Compliance Coordinator

Jillian Paciello

Jillian Paciello has been named the university’s Clery Act compliance coordinator. Paciello, formerly the records manager for the UT Police Department, will monitor and ensure Clery Act compliance at the university.

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.