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KXAN: How a bomb-sniffing K-9 checks to see if a package is dangerous

March 16, 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jarno's nose knows when something isn't right. The K-9 has worked with his handler, Sgt. Eric Johanson, at the University of Texas at Austin-Police Department for the past four years. With heightened concern in the community following three package explosions, Johanson explains how Jarno works in similar situations to find dangerous substances. 

Meet the Newest Dog on Campus: UTPD Makes a Furry Addition to K-9 Unit

Feb. 9, 2018

With the University of Texas Police Department’s newest K-9 officer Beta sitting next to her, Officer Jeanne Hall said K-9 handlers usually look for determined and hardworking dogs.

“When we went to go see (Beta), we threw a ball in the field and timed him to see how long it took him before he gave up on looking and came back to us,” Hall said. “He never stopped looking. So you want a dog that is going to continue to work to do his job.”

UTPD Launches New Website Design

Jan. 26, 2018

UTPD is proud to launch its new website and we want your feedback. Please browse the site and let us know what you think or what you would like to see.

Who made this?

The redesign was a collaboration by UTPD and its parent department, Financial and Administrative Services (FAS). The process was begun in May of 2017 and will be maintained by the FAS Communications Team, with the apps being maintained by the Technology Resources (TRecs) Team.

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Statement from UT Austin President on Vandalism Near Campus

April 19, 2017

Following is a statement from The University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves:

UT Austin Police Officers Begin to Wear Body Cameras

April 13, 2017

Police officers with The University of Texas at Austin will now be equipped with portable video cameras that will be worn on the front of their uniforms. The devices will be used to record interactions with people whom they come into contact with during their daily duties. 

UTPD warns campus community of suspect with multiple arrest warrants for burglary

Feb. 21, 2017

The UT Police Department arrested a burglary suspect on campus Monday afternoon, just four days after warning the community of his repeated property crimes.

At 2 p.m. Monday, a UT staff member called UTPD after spotting 62-year-old Daryl Rembert in the Jackson Geological Sciences Building. Rembert has since been booked in Travis County Jail.

300: World-traveling UTPD officer stands guard at UT Tower

Nov. 13, 2016

Editor's note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. 

The first person visitors see as they step off the elevator on the fourth floor of the Tower is officer Darrell Halstead. He protects the president and guards the office, but he has also stood before Lenin’s tomb in Moscow, fished in Europe’s longest river and visited around 45 countries. 

Campus Police Work To Ensure Cultural Competency, Community Connection

Oct. 16, 2016

At the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement establishes basic requirements for police diversity training, according to Charles Bonnet, Support Services Division Counter Assault Strike Team leader for the UT Austin Police Department.

University of Texas Develops Science-Based Approach to Sexual Assault Response

March 18, 2016

The University of Texas (UT) System police have partnered with UT researchers to produce a first-of-its-kind science-based blueprint that recommends how campus law enforcement should respond to sexual assault cases.

“The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault” is based on the integration of science, philosophy, and protocols. UT hopes the document will improve the overall process for handling sexual assault cases, as well as help the system’s 600 campus police officers better understand victims.