UTPD News

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.

UT Police Launches New Technology Initiatives to Enhance Campus Safety

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.

WATE-TV: UTPD to integrate new safety initiatives for the start of the school year

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 Recognized for Safety Upgrades

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.

UTPD Hosts Multiagency Training Exercise on Campus

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.

UTPD Officers Promoted

Pictured, left to right: Deputy Chief Severs, Deputy Chief Lambert, and Chief Lane

Two longtime UT Police Department leaders have been promoted to the rank of deputy chief. UT Police Chief Troy Lane promoted Keith Lambert and Jeff Severs from the rank of captain to deputy chief in a recent ceremony held at the police department.

2012 Campus Security Booklet Available Online

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.

UT Police Department Overview

The UT Police Department welcomes you to campus and would like to inform you about our department and the services that we provide. Our primary mission is the safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the university campus. UT operates a fully functional police department on our campus twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

UTPD Assistant Chief Perry Retires Today

Debbie Perry

UT Assistant Chief of Police Deborah Perry retires today after thirty-two years of service to the university. She has served as a patrol officer, detective, assistant chief, and interim chief of police for UTPD. She also worked for Parking and Transit Services for several years.

Troy Lane Officially Sworn In as UT’s Chief of Police

Troy Lane was officially sworn as the new chief of police at UT this morning. Assistant Chief Debbie Perry—who served as interim chief of the department before Lane’s hiring—conducted the swearing-in, in which Troy promised to uphold the United States constitution and the laws of the state of Tennessee and the university.