UTSA Police News

updated July 26, 2021

CALEA Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA®) will conduct a virtual assessment of UTSA from August 2-4. The assessment will examine all aspects of the university’s public safety policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that UTSA Public Safety meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, which recognizes police departments exemplifying professional excellence.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3.

The session will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Those who wish to participate may also call into the Teams session via telephone by dialing (210) 469-0158 and entering the conference ID (684 286 604#).

Comments can also be made via telephone at (210) 458-6991 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 2. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UTSA Public Safety office located in the Bosque Street Building on Main Campus. The local contact is accreditation manager Gene Garcia at (210) 458-6687.

UTSA Public Safety must comply with 459 standards in order to gain re-accreditation status.

“Being CALEA-accredited confirms the fact that we operate using the best practices and policies in law enforcement,” said Stephanie Schoenborn, UTSA’s interim chief of police. “CALEA accreditation is the gold standard of law enforcement accreditation.”

UTSA Public Safety received its initial CALEA accreditation award in 2008 and was re-accredited in 2011, 2014 and 2017. Accreditation status lasts four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Persons seeking more information about CALEA accreditation standards or wishing to offer written comments about UTSA Public Safety’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320
Gainesville, VA 20155

They may also call (703) 352-4225 or visit the CALEA website.


UTSA Rowdy Watch web page goes live!

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Rowdy Watch is UTSA's student-led safety and security program.

Read all about the program and its services, and meet the Rowdy Watch team here.


UTSA announces interim police chief

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Capt. Stephanie Schoenborn has been named UTSA’s interim chief of police, effective immediately. Her appointment follows the selection of UTSA’s current chief, Gerald Lewis, as chief of police at the University of Connecticut. Lewis remains at UTSA through May 31 and will assist with the transition. Read the full announcement on UTSA Today.


UTSA 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The UTSA 2020 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 2020 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 2017, 2018, and 2019 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 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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.



Fall 2020 Building Schedules

Building Schedules (PDF)



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