UTPD has expanded its patrol fleet—and the two new units are wheels of a much different kind. UTPD launched this week a new motorcycle unit focused on pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic safety concerns. Sgt. Donnie Ross supervises the unit, which has two motorcycle officers: corporals Matt Kinder and Ron Humble.
UTPD have asked for faculty, staff, and students’ help in alleviating the heavy pedestrian backup at the corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Avenue, just below the Hill. Now that fall semester has begun, the safety of all pedestrians and motorists—especially during the busiest times between classes—is a foremost concern.
This week the University of Tennessee Police Department took to the streets to talk safety with students living in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Several local media outlets were on hand to catch the interaction. Find links to the coverage here.
WBIR-TV spoke with UT Police Department Chief Gloria Graham about the decreasing crime rates in Fort Sanders, the neighborhood adjacent to the UT Knoxville campus. Last year the neighborhood saw a 22 percent reduction in overall crime compared to the year before. The already decreasing crime rates bode well for a new door-to-door safety program UTPD will kick off next week.
Emergency personnel from Southeastern Conference universities are on the UT Knoxville campus today for the Police Chief and Emergency Manager Conference. The two-day conference is the first of its kind, and brings together thirty emergency management professionals from all twelve of the SEC schools.
The UT Police Department hosted a multiagency training exercise last week to evaluate emergency response to a number of potentially violent situations on campus. Nearly one hundred individuals from UTPD, the Knoxville Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Valley Authority Police participated in the event.
The University of Tennessee Police Department will host an event next week to assist children of UTPD staff and retirees who attend UT Knoxville. The fifth annual UTPD Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Three Ridges Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 20. The event helps fund the UTPD Memorial Scholarship, which was established in honor of UTPD Officer Ben Bohanan after he was tragically killed on his way home from work.
WVLT-TV spoke with Lt. Emily Simerly of the UT Police Department about security changes on campus since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. UT Knoxville hosts high-profile guests and crowds of thousands, both of which are potential terrorism targets. Simerly says UTPD is as prepared as it’s ever been, and that most people probably don’t notice the bulk of the changes that have taken place.
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.
The University of Tennessee Police Department will host a scholarship fundraiser this spring to assist children of UTPD staff and retirees attend UT Knoxville. The fifth annual UTPD Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Three Ridges Golf Course. Team registrations received prior to March 15 will receive 10 percent off of the entrance fee.