Safety is always a top priority at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At the heart of the university’s efforts to promote safety is the University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD). With fifty-two fully commissioned police officers, UTPD works around the clock, every day of the year to help ensure safety on campus and in the immediate surrounding area. UTPD provides valuable programming for students to increase awareness, personal safety, and property security. UTPD offers Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense classes throughout the year. Additionally, UTPD offers Operation ID, where students can have their valuables (laptops, iPods, bicycles, cellphones, etc.) engraved and cataloged with an ID number.
In recognition of the department’s high standards, UTPD was granted national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2009. In January 2010, UTPD also was accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) becoming one of only fifteen agencies dually accredited through CALEA and IACLEA, and at the time, the only campus law enforcement agency in Tennessee to have both accreditations. These accreditations demonstrate that UTPD promotes student safety and accountability through programming, information sharing, and cooperation.
The mission of the University of Tennessee Police Department is to provide professional police services, while working with faculty, staff, and students to reduce criminal opportunity and community anxiety.
Our department is committed to treating all people fairly while supporting an environment where diverse social, cultural, and academic values are allowed to develop.
We embrace the values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication, and excellence.