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Remembering Chief David Carter

April 22, 2022

University of Texas at Austin Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police David Carter died on April 22, 2022, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 64.

UTPD Sergeant Nominated to Campus Working Group for the Governor’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force

Nov. 17, 2021

Sergeant Eliana Decker, one of two specialists at the University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) who provide emergency response to sexual assault survivors on campus, is now in the position to be there for students and employees at higher education entities throughout the state. The seven-year UTPD veteran recently accepted a nomination to join the Campus Working Group for the Governor’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force.

Safety on Campus and Beyond

Nov. 4, 2021

Earlier this week, President Hartzell issued a statement reemphasizing the university’s commitment to ensuring your safety on campus and in areas immediately outside our campus borders. The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) appreciates the president’s and our community’s support. We hope that you have already noticed more UTPD officers in the high-density area of West Campus where so many of our students live.

Building Safety

Oct. 19, 2021

As more students and employees return to campus, it is a good time to revisit what to do if you see suspicious behavior within university buildings.

UTPD Emergency Call Service Unaffected by City of Austin Change

Oct. 1, 2021

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Austin Police Department will implement changes to its response to calls for service. We want to assure our community that this change will have no impact on how UTPD responds to calls in its service area. We will continue to respond to all 911 calls as usual and support our partners at APD.

UTPD seeks your participation in a Community Survey

April 5, 2021

Dear students and employees,

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) conducts a University-wide survey with students and employees every two years. The survey provides an opportunity for the department to gain information about how you view the quality of its service and at the same time, better understand and respond to your thoughts and concerns regarding safety on campus.

Victims Advocate Network marks 100 served in 2020

Nov. 19, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) Victims Advocate Network (VAN) marked a significant milestone on November 19. Despite the multitude of changes to operations during the pandemic, the team of VAN employees and volunteers who provide immediate crisis intervention services at the scenes of crimes or distressing events has provided care for 100 UT community members and beyond thus far in 2020. 

Response to Governor Abbott sending DPS into West Campus

Oct. 8, 2020

We thank Governor Abbott for providing the support of the Texas Department of Public Safety to help maintain safety in West Campus where we know many of our students live. We welcome the partnership and assistance as we are enacting an expansion of coverage of our own to be a part of the off-campus policing solution. It is evident our main law enforcement partner, the Austin Police Department (APD), needs more help.

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