The UT Police Department will conduct multiagency active shooter training exercises at Melrose Hall during the month of April. This training will take place in sections of Melrose Hall that are currently vacant. The training will not impact other offices in the building. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23, and 30, officers and staff from UTPD will work with the Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department to participate in the training events.
The UT Police Department has received grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to support alcohol abuse prevention education and programming to reduce-alcohol related incidents on campus. The Alcohol Education grant focuses on educating the campus community on the risks associated with drinking and how it impacts highway safety. Educational elements funded by the grant include the purchase of six pairs of Fatal Vision® Goggles. Beginning next Friday, the department also will begin supporting the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s Seatbelts Are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign, aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state.
The university community will have the chance to ride along with the university police on Thursday, February 27—virtually, that is. The UT Police Department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its official Twitter account to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers. Officers from the Community Relations Unit will ride along with shift officers from 8:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday and will share on Twitter calls for service and officer-initiated activity that occur.
The Knoxville Police Department will file multiple charges against a 25-year-old man in connection with a shooting last night in Fort Sanders that left three people injured. Brandon Middlebrook, one of the victims, will be charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one charge of aggravated robbery, and a charge of possessing a firearm in the commission of the felony. His bond was set at $1,015,000.
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.
The UT Police Department is launching an app for Android and iPhone devices that allows the public to send anonymous tips to the police and lets the police respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat.” The free app, UTPDTips, complements the existing text tip system, Tip411.
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.
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.
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.
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.