Law Enforcement Authority
Jurisdictional, Enforcement And Arrest Authority Of University Police
University safety and security is coordinated by the University Police Department (PP 1.400). The department has a force of 52 commissioned police officers with full arrest powers and 56 civilian employees. 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. Commissioned peace officers employed by UTSA have jurisdiction within the county where the University of Texas System owns or leases property; however, patrol activity is limited to the boundaries of property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of UTSA (1604 Campus, Downtown Campus and the Institute of Texan Cultures). University police officers must meet specific employment qualifications and training requirements in order to be licensed peace officers by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). TCLEOSE requires a minimum of 618 hours of basic police training and a minimum of 40 hours of additional training every two years. University police officers receive their commission as peace officers upon successfully graduating from The University of Texas System Basic Peace Officer Course. This course consists of 884 hours of law enforcement education and training. All sworn officers have been trained in first aid and CPR and are authorized to enforce all regulations on the university campus. University Police Officers are armed with firearms. They conduct foot, bicycle and vehicular patrols on all University property and throughout the University Housing community 24-hours a day.
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 Office of Student Life.