Make plans to attend the UT Police Department’s public forum for reaccreditation beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Representatives from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be on campus for the department’s first review since being accredited in 2009. All UT students, faculty, staff, and Knoxville community members are invited to attend and offer comments.
The UT Police Department has received two grants from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to support its “Safe–T Begins with Me” campaign. The program aims to reduce alcohol-related driving incidents and speeding on campus. The Alcohol Countermeasures grant focuses on educating the campus community on the dangers associated with drinking and how it can impact highway safety.
The UT Police Department is preparing for its first reaccreditation review and is asking the campus and surrounding community for input. Representatives from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, who are evaluating the department, will hold a public forum from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 4, in the Shiloh Room of the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.
Registration is now open for the UT Police Department’s annual golf tournament that benefits children of UTPD staff and retirees. The sixth annual UTPD Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Three Ridges Golf Course at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. UTPD has held the event since 2007 to fund the UTPD Memorial Scholarship.
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.