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Title Operations / Policy A-17
Effective Date 10/16/09
Subject Cellular Telephones and Other Electronic Devices
Purpose To provide all University of Texas Police Department Employees with guidelines for proper use of cellular phones and other electronic devices.
Scope This directive applies to all personnel.
  1. Policy:
    1. The use of a cellular telephone or other electronic device while operating a police vehicle must not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle nor impede a response to a call for service unless emergency circumstances exist and other means of communication are not available or suitable.
    2. While operating a police vehicle, personnel will not text or utilize instant messaging while the police vehicle is in motion.
    3. Use of cellular phones either in voice or data transmission while on duty should be restricted to essential communications and should be limited in length.
    4. Engagement in multiple or extended conversations unrelated to police business or similar use that interferes with the performance of duty is prohibited.
    5. When making contact with a member of the public, department personnel are not permitted to conduct personal business on the cellular telephone.
  2. Note: Employees should remember that cell phone communications are subject to subpoena and may include personal phone information or conversations tied to a call because of time, phone number, or geographical information.