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CoreValuesLogo-8x10The 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.

UTPD provides basic police services to Tennessee’s largest university. UT police officers perform a variety of tasks that include: investigation of criminal activity, apprehension of criminals, accident and fire response, traffic enforcement, money transports, and security for special events. In addition, UTPD provides a variety of services to enhance safety. UTPD also provides dead battery boosts if a community service officer is available.

The department’s main objective is to provide a safe campus for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. We believe that to accomplish this objective, we must not only enforce the law, but also educate the members of our community on ways they can reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.

To accomplish this goal, the UTPD offers posters, brochures, and seminars on a variety of topics; property engraving; statistical information; and many other services through the UTPD Community Relations Unit.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

UTPD Organizational Chart

UTPD Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Core Values


Our conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence. As a professional organization, we are guided by the “Law Enforcement Code of Conduct.”


We recognize the authority we hold and will treat others as we would like to be treated.
We will faithfully, and without bias, honor our obligations to the community.


We are committed to the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct, which are the cornerstones of our profession. We will uphold the public trust and our commitment to our core values.


To the organization, each other, our families, and the citizens we serve, and having an unquestionable work ethic.


There is always room for improvement—and that the never-ending search for improvement leads to excellence. We aim for excellence in everything we do.


UTPD is located at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 11th Street on the first floor of the 11th Street Parking Garage. The only public entrance to the building is on the ground level off of Cumberland Avenue. You may park on level two of the garage in any unreserved space while visiting UTPD.

If parked in the 11th street garage:

Walk out of the parking garage onto 11th Street facing downtown/World’s Fair Park/Sunsphere. Turn right onto 11th street and walk down the hill toward Cumberland Avenue. Take another right at the corner and you will see the UTPD on your right (look for the big globes marked “Police”). Enter through the double glass doors and someone will assist you at the lobby window. There is an intercom mounted under the window to allow you to communicate.

Handicap access to UTPD:

Persons needing handicap access to the UTPD should park on level two of the garage and use the intercom located near the blue-light phone in the elevator lobby.