University Police Department :: UPD Divisions
The patrol division consists of 12 Police Officers certified by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. These officers conduct preventative patrol on foot, vehicle and bicycle. These officers are the core of the department, and are the first line of defense for crime. Each officer must pass a rigorous background check and meet our high standards prior to interview. Each officer has full law enforcement authority with powers of arrest.
The department’s security division is responsible for overseeing the security of the university’s facilities. These officers must also meet the department’s high standards for its employees. Each Security Officer must pass an extensive background check and receive eight weeks of intensive training upon hiring. The Security Officers have no arrest authority, but do have authority to issue citations.
The department’s dispatch division is many people’s first contact with the department when they are in need of assistance. Our dispatchers must also pass an intensive background check and receive four weeks of on the job training. The Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Education certifies each dispatcher as a Telecommunicator. These dedicated individuals work around the clock to monitor the department’s 911-system and police radio.
The department has a criminal investigations division that is responsible for investigating all crimes reported to the University Police Department. The criminal investigation division, or CID, also serves as crime victim assistance officers.
The administration division serves in a support and leadership capacity to the rest of the department. The division consists of an Office Manager, an Administrative Assistant, a Public Relations Officer, an Assistant Chief and the Chief of Police.
University Police Department :: Campus Safety
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
In the event of confirmation by police officials that a significant emergency on campus is occurring, University Police Department staff will initiate a PAWS alert using pre-determined scripts.
- This alert will go to all A&M-Commerce students and employees who have signed up for PAWS.
- After the initial PAWS alert has been sent, all further communications to the public will come through the university’s public information officer. All available resources will be used including among others, web page postings, KETR broadcasts and e-mail notifications.
The University Police Department will test the PAWS system annually. Often, these tests will come in conjunction with exercises designed to continue training of emergency response officials. Prior notification will be given via PAWS, local media outlets and email.
To protect you from weather related dangers, we have implemented several warning systems to alert our faculty, staff and students when there is a danger of lightning strikes or severe weather.
Severe Weather Lightning
The university has a system in place called ThorGuard. ThorGuard is a lightning detection system that will sound through a series of air horns in the event that weather conditions are conducive to a lightning strike.
- If such conditions exist, the system will sound a Red Alert. This is an air horn blast that is 15 seconds in length, the air horns are located throughout campus. If ThorGuard goes into red alert, you should proceed immediately to an indoor location until an all clear signal is sounded. Listen to a sample.
- The ‘All Clear‘ blast consists of three air horn blasts of five second lengths.
The university has an outdoor warning system that was installed throughout the city to alert citizens of Commerce and the campus community when a severe weather warning such as tornado, 70 mph or greater winds, or golf ball sized hail.
- It is manually activated by either the University Police or Commerce Police. Its warning sound is a loud siren that sounds for up to three minutes. The outdoor warning system does not have an all clear signal.
- It is very important to note that this is an outdoor warning system only. It is recommended that everyone purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for monitoring indoors.
- Unlocking locked vehicles
- Jump starting dead batteries
- Delivering emergency messages
- Checking on the safety and welfare of persons
- Lost and found
- Notary public services
- Crime prevention
University Police Department :: Resources
It is essential that faculty, students and staff assume a responsibility for their own safety and preservation of personal property by taking simple, common sense precautions. Students, staff and faculty are all partners with the university in creating a safe atmosphere that encourages learning. Crimes do sometimes occur at A&M-Commerce. While it is not likely you will become a victim of crime, it is possible. No community (including universities) can be totally free of crime, but with your help, we can drastically lower the rates at which it occurs.
University Police Department :: Featured News
The Texas A&M University-Commerce Human Resources Department held a recognition ceremony at the Alumni Center on March 6 to honor the University Police Department. A&M-Commerce President Mark Rudin began the ceremony by expressing his appreciation for each university police officer. “I’ve said this before, but when you take care of my family, you take care […]