UTPD News

Safety Notice—Auto Thefts on Campus

The UT Police Department is investigating several recent motor vehicle thefts that have occurred on campus. They appear to be related, and all involve early- to mid-2000s models of GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverados.

UTRF Launches Business Plan Competition for Academic-Affiliated Startups

The UT Research Foundation has announced the formation of a new business plan competition called Tennessee Venture Challenge. TVC is open to start-up companies engaged in commercializing intellectual property created at UT. Finalists will have a chance to win a share of the $25,000 in cash. The competition begins in April of next year.

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.

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.