The Executive Division is responsible for leading the department towards the fulfillment of its mission. It brings together the commanding officers of all the divisions to formulate the leadership team. The team meets weekly to discuss crime trends and other department issues to ensure that the needs of all of our customers are met.
Chief of Police Gerald Lewis
A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Chief Lewis serves UTSA as Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police. He leads 52 sworn officers and 94 civilian employees in the Department of Public Safety. Chief Lewis earned his BA in Public Administration and Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Assistant Chief Daniel Kiley
Assistant Chief Kiley has been involved with law enforcement for over 30 years. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1995 after serving 21 years on active duty in the Security Police career field. In 1996 he graduated from The University of Texas System Police Academy and became a police officer with the UTSA police department. Captain Kiley was promoted to Assistant Chief in June of 2018. A UTSA graduate, Captain Kiley has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He also holds a Master Peace Officer certification and is a graduate of the 56th Leadership Command College of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and a 2008 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.
The Administrative Support Section is commanded by Cpt. Stephanie Schoenborn. That section has oversight of the police department budget, employment, internal affairs, background checks and other critical support areas.
Captain Stephanie Schoenborn
Captain Stephanie Schoenborn has been with the UTSA Police Department for over 20 delightful years. She began her career as a Lost and Found Clerk, before attending the 60th UT System Basic Peace Officer Training Academy to become a police officer in 1995. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from UTSA in 2000, and is scheduled to graduate from UTSA in May 2017 with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. She holds a Master Peace Officer license and graduated from the 238th session of the FBI National Academy. She currently serves as a member of the executive board for the Texas Chapter of the National Academy Associates. She was promoted to Captain in June of 2016 and is responsible for the administrative operations of the Police Department. Previous positions held include Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant and Investigations Division Supervisor.
The Patrol Division is responsible uniformed patrol of the UTSA tri-campus communities (1604 campus, Downtown Campus and the Institute of Texan Cultures). Uniformed officers are the first responders to any emergency situation.
Captain Douglas Sonego
Captain Sonego has been a police officer with UTSA since 1989. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and then to his present position in 2001. Capt. Sonego has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master Peace Officer certification and is working towards the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas certification.
The Patrol Division is made up of uniformed officers that patrol the campus. These uniformed officers provide a vital link to the campus community with their service and citizen contacts. The Patrol Division is divided into three shifts. These three shifts ensure that the UTSA campus is protected 24 hours a day.
These Officers provide increased patrol on the inside of the university buildings. Although our security guards mainly conduct foot patrols, university police officers periodically go on foot patrol to check the buildings in their district.
UTSA police cars are visibly marked and patrol the 1604 Campus and the Downtown Campus. Some patrol cars have RADAR units to better enforce traffic laws. Police officers that are assigned districts will patrol in a marked police vehicle. A police vehicle is a highly visible deterrent to crime.
Some officers are assigned to patrol the campus on bicycles. Bike patrol officers have the benefit of increased access to the interior of the campus, where it is difficult to maneuver a patrol car. This program allows for an increased visibility that helps to deter crime and in many instances a quicker response to emergency calls.
A patrol sergeant is assigned as the police department’s point of contact for the UTSA Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures. In addition, police officers and security guards are scheduled 24 hours a day at the downtown campus.
The UTSA Police Department is fortunate to have an Honor Guard. Each member of the Honor Guard is a volunteer and is trained to perform Honor Guard service. The Honor Guard posts the flag at various graduation ceremonies and represents the department at police memorial functions.
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.
The Support Services Division is composed of the Criminal Investigations Section, Communications Center (dispatch), Access Control, Crime Prevention and Information Technology Services. This division is committed to solving crimes and proactively investigating crime patterns and is an integral part of any emergency operation.
Latest News updated June 4, 2019