The University of Tennessee Police Department has added Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) to patrol cars. The devices were placed in vehicles this morning.
The search for a new chief of the University of Tennessee Police Department has begun, and a search committee has been named. Assistant Chief Debbie Perry has been serving as interim chief since August Washington stepped down in July to become the chief of police and assistant vice chancellor for Vanderbilt University.
A UT Knoxville student was recently reunited with his missing iPod, thanks to the UT Police Department’s Operation Identification Program. The Operation Identification Program is a part of UTPD’s Community Relations Unit. The CRU’s mission is to provide community-based police service to the UT Knoxville community. Operation Identification has been in place for more than 15 years.
The University of Tennessee Police Department is now one of 23 agencies to be granted accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. IACLEA accreditation means that a department conforms to the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services.
Officials from the UTPD recently joined fellow law officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol and representatives from the Governor’s Highway Safety Council in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)’s “Tie On One for Safety” campaign.
The University of Tennessee Police Department feels it is very important to be involved with the campus community. With this in mind, UTPD has set up a Facebook and a Twitter account to help further reach the community. The pages will be updated regularly with different events and programs hosted by UTPD and important safety announcements. Become a fan of UTPD at facebook.com/utkpd and follow the deparment on at twitter.com/utpolice.
The 2009 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.
University of Tennessee Police Department is reminding all faculty and staff to be careful about leaving your personal items unattended while you’re at work. The most often reported crime on our campus is the theft of unsecured property. This generally includes property left out while the person is only gone for a short time.
The UT Knoxville campus, will hold its annual Safety Day on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to kick off National Campus Safety Awareness Month. For the second year in a row, UT is one of several schools that will focus on safety awareness in partnership with the national nonprofit organization Security On Campus Inc. The group aims to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses.
The UT Police Department has been granted national accreditation by CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. UTPD’s new status makes it the only university police agency in the state to be granted national accreditation.