Serving Two Institutions
The University of Texas Police at Houston (UT Police) provides law enforcement and community services to the MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston institutions. Both institutions are located primarily within the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas with additional property located throughout the Houston metropolitan area.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
A premier care center devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. In July 2008, US News & World Report again ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center as the number one hospital for cancer care. During 2008, 89,110 persons with cancer received patient care at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over 11,000 patients participated in clinical research. More than 5,000 students continue to take part in educational programs working with physicians, scientists, nurses and other health care professionals.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
A graduate education university, celebrating 35 years of excellence, focusing on the health sciences. The UT Health Science Center at Houston includes the Dental Branch, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Health Information Sciences, UT Harris County Psychiatric Center and the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Disease.
The UT Police work within a dynamic community and average over 355,000 calls for service annually. The UT Police maintain a proactive approach with the community to provide a safe environment for all patients, visitors, students, employees and staff. We were the first university police agency in Texas to be fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc.
As an integral part of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the UT Health Science Center at Houston, we align with the visions of both institutions. The UT Police Mission and Vision Alignment document outlines the collaborative partnerships we maintain to help ensure a safe, secure and orderly environment. For more information, see our Mission and Vision Alignment.
For information on crime statistics, see the current Crime Awareness Brochure.
How We Serve
Protection of the Community
The UT Police maintain a pro-active approach in identifying crime threats and reducing crime risks through the staffing of Police Officers and Guards, use of the electronic security system and involvement of the community in detecting and reporting suspicious activity.
- Police Officers utilize vehicular, bicycle and foot patrols. Police Officers respond to all reports of suspicious persons and criminal activity. Guards are posted at building entrance points to monitor pedestrian traffic, assist with directions and oversee the authorized removal of equipment. Guards also provide foot patrols of interior areas and serve as additional eyes and ears for suspicious activity.
- The electronic security system, one of the largest systems in the Houston area, provides additional protection. The electronic security system is monitored by UT Police and provides enhanced protection with the following components;
- Card readers for increased access control using the UT ID Badge
- Closed circuit television cameras for increased surveillance of specific locations
- Digital video recording equipment to capture images from the closed circuit television cameras
- Time delay locks to prevent emergency exits from being propped open
- Burglar alarms to provide additional protection for high risk operations
- Duress alarms for use in areas where immediate contact with UT Police may be needed
- Emergency telephones at exterior locations for immediate contact with UT Police for directions or to report suspicious activity
- Involvement of the community is paramount to maintaining a safe environment. The community assists by securing unattended work areas, wearing the UT ID Badge to help identify authorized personnel and reporting suspicious persons and activity to UT Police. We depend on our community to be involved and to work in unison for a safer environment.
The UT Police Department is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in professional law enforcement and protection. Through partnerships, we are committed to providing a comprehensive program of education, enforcement and protection services which creates a safe and secure environment for the institutions of the University of Texas.
To be the leader as the premier university law enforcement organization in the United States, setting standards of excellence to meet the challenges of the changing future. We will maintain our loyalty to our community and profession as we serve with pride and integrity.
The UT Police Department is actively involved in charitable events for the community. Giving back to the community that strongly supports our mission is paramount to enriching relationships and to providing a safer environment. Listed below are several of the charitable events that UT Police participates in;
- UT Police Holiday Toy Drive
- MD Anderson Adopt-a-Family Holiday Event
- Senior Citizen Community Valentine Day Luncheon
- Special Olympics Police Torch Run
- Y-Me National Breast Cancer Prevention Campaign
History of the UT System Police
Prior to 1967, each of the UT System components utilized security personnel on campus. During this same period, student unrest with political issues begin to increase at all universities. In August of 1966, Charles Whitman, a student at UT Austin, gained access to the top of the UT Austin Main Building Tower with a number of high powered weapons. Whitman shot and killed 17 people and wounded 35 others. During this incident, the need for professional university police protection with emergency response capabilities became very clear.
In 1967, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 162 which authorized university campuses in Texas to hire and commission police officer personnel. The UT System Board of Regents went a step further and implemented the UT System Police to oversee the hiring, training and certification of police officer personnel at each of the UT System components. In 1968, the first UT System Police Academy was held to begin police officer staffing for 7 UT component Police Departments.
The UT System Police now consists of 15 component Police Departments throughout Texas offering police patrols, criminal investigations, emergency response capabilities, crime prevention programs, monitoring university security systems and a wealth of other community related services to ensure a safer environment.
History of the UT Police Seal
The UT Board of Regents adopted the university seal in 1905. The central feature is the shield form that is divided into an upper white section and a lower orange to signify the university's colors. A wreath and the star of the Great Seal of the State of Texas are in the lower field. An open book, symbolizing an institution of higher learning is in the white field. The shield rests within a circle of blue, the color of sincerity containing the motto "Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis" or "Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy."
The right half of the wreath is an olive branch, the left half, a live oak branch. The shade of orange is from the orange used in the arch over the entrance to the Student Union Building in Austin.