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Law Enforcement Authority

Jurisdictional, Enforcement and Arrest Authority of University Police

All University Police Officers receive their police authority via Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Article 51.203 of the Texas Education Code, which states the following:

(a) The governing boards of each state institution of higher education and public technical institute may employ and commission peace officers for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this subchapter.  The primary jurisdiction of a peace officer commissioned under this section includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of the institution of higher education or public technical institute that employs the peace officer.
(b) Within a peace officer's primary jurisdiction, a peace officer commissioned under this section:
    (1) is vested with all the powers, privileges, and immunities of peace officers;
    (2) may, in accordance with Chapter 14, Code of Criminal Procedure, arrest without a warrant any person who violates a law of the state;  and
    (3) may enforce all traffic laws on streets and highways.
(c) Outside a peace officer's primary jurisdiction a peace officer commissioned under this section is vested with all the powers, privileges, and immunities of peace officers and may arrest any person who violates any law of the state if the peace officer:
    (1) is summoned by another law enforcement agency to provide assistance;
    (2) is assisting another law enforcement agency;  or
    (3) is otherwise performing his duties as a peace officer for the institution of higher education or public technical institute that employs the peace officer.
(d) Any officer assigned to duty and commissioned shall take and file the oath required of peace officers.
(e) Any person commissioned under this Act must be a certified police officer under the requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

 

Working Relationships with State and Local Police

The University Police Department maintains close working relationships with the San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, federal, state, and other law enforcement agencies and routinely shares investigative information. The University Police Department also works closely with the San Antonio Fire Department and EMS.

A number of recognized student organizations maintain meeting and living facilities off campus. The University Police Department is routinely informed by other local law enforcement agencies of any criminal activities involving UTSA student organizations. The information in these reports is subsequently shared with the UTSA Student Conduct and Community Standards Office.