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.
UT Police Department News
The University of Tennessee Police Department has announced Lt. Emily Simerly as its new public information officer. In this new role, Simerly will serve as the point of contact for inquiries made to UTPD.
UTPD spent five days in Hodges Library looking for wallets, phones, laptops and other property left unattended. And what they found was a treasure trove for thieves — nearly 150 personal items left up for grabs. UTPD has a couple tips to help members of the campus community prevent being the victim of a theft.
Despite the rain, Wednesday’s UT Safety Day was well-attended with many students, faculty and staff stopping by tents set up across campus to learn about all aspects of staying safe on and off campus.
UT Police Department Chief August Washington has been named the new chief of police for Vanderbilt University. He will begin his new post on July 27. “While we are disappointed to lose Chief Washington, we are happy for him and this great career opportunity,” said Jeff Maples, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.
August Washington, chief of the University of Tennessee Police Department, has been recognized by IACLEA, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, for his outstanding service and improvements to the department.