UTSA Police News

updated June 4, 2019

The UTSA Police downtown office has moved!

The UTSA Police Department has moved our downtown office and is now located in the Frio Building North, room 1.528. The office is located on the first floor next to the elevators and is much bigger than our previous office. The move into the new office will enhance our ability to grow with the University at the Downtown Campus in anticipation of the future expansion. All services will remain the same.


2019 UTSA University Excellence Awards

At the awards ceremony on April 18, 2019, two members of the Public Safety family were recognized for excellence.


Congratulations to Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management Dr. Lorenzo Sanchez, 2019 recipient of the Order of the Roadrunner Award!

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Wellness Assistant Jessica Hodgson received the 2019 Rising Star Award. Congratulations, Jessica!

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2nd Annual Safety Walk

The UTSA Department of Public Safety partnered with various members of the university community to conduct the Second Annual UTSA Safety Walk of the Main Campus on April 16, 2019. It was designed to identify and mitigate potential hazards faced by members of the campus community. The group included representatives from the UTSA Police Department, Environmental Health Safety Risk Management, Facilities and Student Government Association (SGA).

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Sgt. Heather Walleck Recognized by UTSA Staff Council

Congratulations to UTSA Police Sergeant Heather Walleck, March 2019 recipient of the UTSA Staff Appreciation Award!

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Corporal Jacob Criswell receives award

Corporal Jacob Criswell receives award

On March 7, 2019, Corporal Jacob Criswell was recognized by the Lytle Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and a Medallion as their Officer of the Year for his service as a law enforcement officer. The ceremony was held at the Lytle VFW Post and attended by 200+ members of the community.


2018 Annual Complaint Summary

The 2018 Annual Complaint Summary (PDF) is now available.


Heroes and Helpers 2018

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Public Safety has received a $5,000 grant from Target for its annual Heroes & Helpers event. The program brings together local law enforcement and Target representatives to help in-need youth. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Target store at 11311 Bandera Road in San Antonio. This is the second year UTSA Police Department has collaborated with Target for its Heroes & Helpers program.

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UTSA 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The UTSA 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to assisting all members of the UTSA community in providing for their own safety and security. The UTSA 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report has been completed in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, it is generally referred to as the Clery Act.

The Annual Security Report, coordinated by the Clery Compliance Coordinator, includes information about crime reporting, campus security, law enforcement policy, security awareness programs, crime prevention programs, drugs and alcohol policy, sex offender registration policy and weapons-on-campus policy. This report also includes statistics for years 2015, 2016, and 2017 for crimes that occurred at the UTSA's Main Campus, Downtown Campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from each campus.

Additionally, federal law requires colleges and universities that maintain on-campus housing to compile fire data, report the data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report that gives students, parents and the public, current information about fires in on-campus housing. This information is included in the Annual Security and Safety Fire Report. The Annual Fire Safety Report, coordinated by the Risk and Life Safety Manager, includes information on fire safety policies, fire safety systems, fire evacuation procedures, and fire statistics for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

For more information, visit the UTSA Police Department website at http://www.utsa.edu/publicsafety/pd/ or email Clery@utsa.edu. For a free printed copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, contact the UTSA Police Department, Clery Coordinator, at 210-458-4417 or by e-mail at Clery@utsa.edu.



Runner Beat — November 2018

Runner Beat

Runner Beat is the campus safety publication for the UTSA community. In this issue: holiday safety tips!

Click the image to go to the this month's issue, or visit the UTSA PD Community Affairs web site to browse past issues.



LiveSafe App for iOS and Android

App Store    Google Play

LiveSafe connects you in real-time to online safety resources—receive crowdsourced security and safety notices, invite your friends to SafeWalk you home, or instantly share your location with Police in an emergency.

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SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Awareness is your best self-defense. Know what is happening around you. Be especially careful and alert if you are alone. Watch where you are going and what is going on around you. Look for potential problems and be prepared to react to them. Avoid going to secluded areas of the campus alone. Find a trusted classmate or colleague to go to these areas with you. You may request a safety escort.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – Don’t accept a false sense of security because you are in a group or in a remote area. If you think something is wrong, remove yourself from the situation. Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to call for help.

WHEN WALKING, PLAN THE SAFEST AND MOST DIRECT ROUTE – Use well-lit, busy streets, sidewalks and pathways. Walk with friends or a group. When out at night, don’t go alone. Let someone know where you will be going and when you plan to return. Avoid areas you are not familiar with, alleys, deserted streets, secluded and wooded areas.

PROJECT CONFIDENCE – Walk as if you know where you are going. Stand tall. Walk in a confident manner, and hold your head up.

HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED READY – Hold your keys when going to and from your car, home and office. This will save you time and give you some security. Be wary of self–defense products. Any device you carry can be used against you. If you do carry a device, know how to use it and be prepared to use it if necessary. Don’t carry more money than what you will need.

IF YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED ON FOOT OR FEEL THREATENED – Cross the street, change direction and go to a safe, busy area where you can ask for help or call the police. If a car is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction if possible. Write down the license plate number and description of the car and occupants.

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – Criminals do not want to be seen or heard. They rarely commit crime in front of police officers. We rely on the community to report suspicious activity. We would much rather respond and not be needed than to not be called when a crime could have been prevented or stopped. Trust your instincts; if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.

PROGRAM THE UTSA POLICE NUMBER INTO YOUR PHONE – Within the campus community our police department can respond to emergencies much faster than local law enforcement – Call (210) 458-4911