The Mission of the Campus Police Department is to support the research and educational mission of the UTHSC by providing the university community and its visitors with a safe environment in which to learn, work, live, and grow.
We will accomplish our Mission by maintaining a commitment to serve the community with excellence. We will also serve in a professional, courteous manner, while affording dignity and respect to all individuals.
The University of Tennessee and its Board of Trustees, through a State Police Commission authorized by T.C.A. 49-7-118, et seq., may establish a University police service. Police officers receive the Commission on Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) certification. They have general police powers, including powers of arrest, necessary to enforce Federal and State laws as well as the university rules and regulations.
The chief of police functions as the administrative head of the department.
The organizational structure of the UT Campus Police is comprised of the Director/Chief of police, Assistant Chief of police, lieutenant of police, sergeants of police, police officers, community service officer, security officers, police dispatchers, and clerical personnel.
On all property owned, operated or controlled by UT, its police officers have the responsibility for the detection and suppression of criminal activities. This is accomplished through the enforcement of federal laws, state laws, ordinances, and the University of Tennessee regulations. The enforcement process is carried out through a variety of discretionary alternatives, such as arrest and incarceration, detention and referral reporting, and investigations.
Campus Police officers are empowered “to enforce all state laws as well as rules and regulations of the ... Board of Trustees.” The authority granted “extends to all facilities or property owned, leased, or operated by the...Board of Trustees, including any public roads or right-of-way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or property.”
As set forth by the statute and as a matter of policy, these officers are authorized and expected to exercise full police powers necessary while on UT property, as defined above. Officers may also exercise full police powers on “public roads or right-of-way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter” of The UT Health Science Center campus; such action, however, must be limited by the following guidelines:
The Shift Supervisor of each shift is required to respond to all such incidents on the perimeter of the campus in a lawful, prudent manner. The Memphis Police Department must be advised at the onset of any off-campus police action, and the matter will, if appropriate, be turned over to the MPD upon its arrival at the scene.
The Campus Police Department has entered into a Mutual Aid Agreement with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department extending statutory authority to the Medical Center District.
740 Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-4444