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Title Administration / Policy B-3
Effective Date 1-30-07
Rescinds 11-01-06
Subject Community Trust / Law Enforcement Role and Authority
Purpose To build community trust.
Scope This directive applies to all personnel.
Reference UT System Police Oath of Office; Texas Code of Criminal Procedure; Law Enforcement Code of Ethics; Standards of Conduct Memorandum dated 9-27-99; UTPD Mission Statement; Code of Conduct Sec. 4.1.9; UT System Ethics - A Brief Practical Guide; Regent’s Rules Chapter III – Sec. 4; 1997-98 Appropriations Act – Political Aid, Legislative Influence, & Standards of Conduct:
CALEA 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 12.2.1
  1. Responsibilities:
    1. The University of Texas at Austin Police Department believes integrity and professionalism are the foundations for trust in the community. All employees of this department occupy a position of utmost public trust and confidence. We have been afforded enormous responsibilities and the authority to effectively discharge these responsibilities. Exceeding our authority, abusing our powers, taking personal advantage of our position, or failing to discharge our duties influence this public trust and can erode our credibility as public servants. It is the policy of this department that all employees conduct themselves in an ethical manner and comply with all applicable laws, policies, rules, and regulations. Responsibility for ethical conduct and compliance is a personal responsibility and every employee will be held accountable for their conduct.
    2. The University law enforcement employee bears the heavy responsibility of maintaining, in their own conduct, the honor and integrity of all government institutions. Employees should guard against placing themselves in a position that could be interpreted by the community as gaining special privilege. Any event or action that could lead to the erosion of public trust by any employee of this department should be avoided.
    3. Civilian employees, non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers, and supervisors are charged with conforming to this policy and failure to do so could be cause for administrative review.
  2. Authority to Enforce All Laws:
    1. By statute, University of Texas at Austin police officers are authorized to enforce the laws of the State.
      1. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 2.12 - Who Are Police Officers.
        “The following are police officers: (8) officers commissioned under Section 37.081, Education Code, or Subchapter E, Chapter 51.203, Education Code:”
      2. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 2.13 - Duties and Powers.
        “It is the duty of every peace officer to preserve the peace within the officer’s jurisdiction. To effect this purpose, the officer shall use all lawful means. The officer shall in every case authorized by the provisions of this code, interfere without warrant to prevent or suppress crime; execute all lawful process issued to the officer by any magistrate or court; give notice to some magistrate of all offenses committed within the officer’s jurisdiction, where the officer has good reason to believe there has been a violation of the penal law; and arrest offenders without warrant in every case where the officer is authorized by law, in order that they may be taken before the proper magistrate or court and be tried.”
  3. Oath of Office:
    1. Upon graduation from the University of Texas System Police Academy and before assuming sworn status, each commissioned officer will be required to take and subsequently abide by an oath of office. Commissioned officers will swear or affirm that they will faithfully execute the duties of the office of peace officer for the University of Texas at Austin Police Department and will to the best of their ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state.
  4. Ethics Policy:
    1. All employees will abide by the UT System Ethics Policy listed in the brochure (Ethics and the University of Texas System — A Brief Practical Guide).
    2. Additionally, all sworn employees will be given, and abide by, the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  5. UTPD Mission Statement:
    The University Police Department expects each employee in the department to conduct daily activities that support the department’s Mission Statement, Vision, Goals and Motto..
    1. Mission Statement: To protect the University through professional policing and leadership of community partnerships, while fostering the educational process.
    2. Vision:
      1. To support a climate of excellence
      2. To promote an organization that commands the respect of our peers.
      3. To enrich the quality of life in our community.
    3. Goals:
      1. A safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff members, and visitors.
      2. A professionally accredited organization.
      3. Continue to manage and build a professional policing organization.
    4. Motto:
      Service, Community, Excellence
    5. Community Involvement
      The foundation for community trust starts when a department includes the community in the many different aspects of policing. All employees are expected to fulfill the duties of a crime prevention officer and community resource officer in an effort to foster Community Policing ideals, and assist the community in working with The University Police Department to make the environment safe and secure in order to enrich the quality of life on campus.
      1. Since patrol officers are usually the first point of contact with the community, they will perform as Community Resource Officers (CRO) the majority of the time. Responsibilities will include:
        1. Assist the Crime Prevention Unit with programs and presentations under the direction of the Shift Commander.
        2. Develop relationships with the community members of their patrol district and community organizations in their district, so that feedback and community input can be transmitted to UTPD.
        3. Officers will work with the community to attempt to solve the problems and issues raised through the developed relationships. Officers will complete Community Policing Modules on the Global Reporting that will include the problem definition, strategies, and actions taken. d. Issues that can't be easily corrected or involve multiple departments or agencies, shall be passed up the chain of command to the CRO Coordinator and the Chief of Police.
      2. The CRO Coordinator will prepare a report on a quarterly basis that utilizes information from the Community Policing Modules.
        1. Its purpose is to inform the Chief of Police of:
          1. A description of current concerns voiced by the community;
          2. A description of potential problems that have a bearing on law enforcement activities within the community;
          3. A statement of recommended actions that address previously identified concerns and problems; and
          4. A statement of progress made toward addressing previously identified concerns and problems.
        2. The report will be completed in the first two weeks of the month following the end of the quarter.