Below is a list of basic operational functions performed by Campus Police. It is not based on any order of priority.
Officers perform a variety of safety functions on the campus including detection of hazardous conditions that could result in injury; reporting maintenance problems such as light outage, water leakage; property damage such as broken windows; or detecting conditions that may result in fire. Officers also respond to fire alarms at the University and assist in the evacuation of buildings. They also provide reports and investigations with recommendations concerning methods of improving safety conditions on the campus.
Campus Security and Police Officers escort staff, faculty, and students within the Medical Center area from dusk to dawn hours; or other appropriate periods, such as weekends, holidays.
The escort service may be provided either by University vehicle or foot, whichever is appropriate. Escorts are not provided for individuals outside of the medical center, and beyond the normal designated campus area. Occasionally, emergency escorts may be granted in rare instances; but such request(s) must be approved by the Chief of Police, Shift Commander or their designate. Escorts are provided and limited for personal safety conveniences, and it is not a shuttle service. Individuals requesting an escort should call the Campus Police Dispatcher at 448-4444, give their location, destination, and name.
Providing security for the Universitys property is accomplished on a 24- hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis by maintaining control over the property contained on the University sites. This constitutes the second major utilization of man-hours. Locking and unlocking doors and windows, securing gates, activating alarms, and continued checks of University facilities is only a part of this function. Officers who are on patrol respond to alarms that have been set off.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center plays host to numerous events each year and the UTPD Police special events section is responsible for coordinating a police presence at all special events on campus. Sergeant William Gray is assigned to this office and is responsible for coordinating all special events with the Director of Special Events. The UTPD provides traffic control, interior patrol and crowd control personnel for each of these events. The UTPD special events section also provides Police protection and escorts for visiting dignitaries involved in University functions.
The patrol activity constitutes the major utilization of man-hours. This function involves preventative patrol of all properties owned, administered, controlled or utilized by the University. The purpose of the patrol is to detect problems of either a traffic, security or safety nature.
Any crime reported on UT properties, whether the victim is the University or an individual, requires that an official report be prepared. Officers before initiating a report conduct a preliminary investigation to determine the nature of the crime, the victim, suspect, injury, loss and evidence associated with the criminal incident. Reports are initiated on all noncriminal matters as well. Follow-up investigations are conducted on some criminal matters for the purpose of gathering additional information, recovering property or identifying suspects. Officers conducting such preliminary investigations often have to appear in court and testify as to their investigation. Copies of non-criminal police reports are forwarded to the appropriate University officials, to the department heads, or unit supervisors.
There is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week communication center maintained at 740 Court. All officers of Campus Police and vehicles are equipped with two-way radios for the purpose of communicating with the communication center. Additionally, there is a University-wide telephone network with direct lines into the communications center. The communications center is monitored by police dispatchers. The communication center is the focal point of all police field communication, and further serves as a link between the University and other emergency public agencies such as law enforcement agencies, ambulance services, fire departments, etc.
The traffic function involves parking enforcement, the issuance of citations and accident investigation on the campus and other streets contiguous to the University.
The protection of all physical assets of the University involves the development of recommendations to minimize the Universitys exposure. The Chief of Police and the Safety Officer, have the responsibility of developing effective Loss Control Management Procedures to reduce the campus liability and protection of its assets.
Campus Police has a comprehensive crime prevention and personal safety program. This program includes literature and general information on personal safety, protection of property, car and motorcycle theft prevention, office security, night safety, campus watch, sexual assault, acquaintance rape, dormitory safety, harassing telephone calls, and vacation tips. Crime prevention classes and safety seminars are held upon request, during new hire orientation and during new student orientation.
The Department of Preventive Medicine has been awarded a Campus Violence Grant. This grant is a campus and community response for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.
Crime Prevention and Education Contacts
UTHSC Campus Police
University Health Services
901-541-5654 (After 5:00pm)
UTHSC Student Assistance Program
24 hours a day/7 days a week
Exchange Club Family Center
Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center
Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Shelby County Crime Victims Center
Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Memphis Area legal Services
740 Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-4444