Founded in 1968, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) continues to uphold its mission to serve and protect. The department has the same authority and responsibilities as most municipal police organizations and has challenges unique to a large, nationally recognized university community.
UTPD employs more than 178 dedicated individuals interested in making a positive difference on campus. In keeping with its community-oriented policing philosophy, the department regularly partners with faculty members, staff members and students on crime prevention and law enforcement programs. UTPD is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
UTPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department has been accredited since July of 2007. The department has completed the re-accreditation process 3 times since 2007. In April 2016, the department chose to seek reaccreditation using the Gold Standard Assessment. In July 2016, the department was one of twenty-one departments that received Accreditation with Excellence.
Being accredited benefits the department and The University because standards are based on best practices in policing. At least three times a year, existing standards are reviewed, and new standards are drafted by the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee of CALEA to ensure that policing practices grow and evolve to reflect 21st Century Policing.
CALEA was established as an independent accreditation authority in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. The program is voluntary, and we are proud to be among the 700 plus elite law enforcement agencies in the United States that are CALEA accredited.