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.
The University of Tennessee Police Department held a special award ceremony last week honoring some of its best officers. For the first time in UTPD’s history, officers nominated by fellow staff members received honors such as supervisor of the year, officer of the year, non-commissioned staff member of the year and the community service award. The awards were presented by Chief Gloria Graham.
The 2010 Security Booklet for the Knoxville campus 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.
Gloria Graham was officially sworn-in yesterday as the new chief of police at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the first permanent female chief of police in the UT Police Department’s history. The ceremony was part of the kick off celebration for the campus’ annual Safety Day.