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UTC Police Department • 400 Palmetto St • Chattanooga, TN
(423) 425-4357 • Emergency 911

Our Mission

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Public Safety is responsible for ensuring that a safe and secure environment exists to support the Universities’ educational mission. Quality of life substantially affects learning, and that quality is preserved by the enforcement of rules and laws. As educators, the public safety staff provides or facilitates instruction in safety related topics. The Department provides services to the University community in a professional, respectful, knowledgeable and skillful manner, with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, dignity, equity and fairness.

Our Role

As a full-service law enforcement agency, with limitation on jurisdiction, our Campus Police officers have necessary and complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. While the department would rather prevent crime, state law defines  "Campus police officer" as a person commissioned by an employing institution and rendered an oath to provide police services, enforce law, exercise arrest authority and carry firearms, and thus is subject to the provisions of the Tennessee peace officer standards and training commission.

We enjoy a great working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for mutual aid in meeting our mission of service.

With minor offenses involving University rules and regulations, committed by a University student, the campus police may refer the individual to the Judicial Affairs officer within Student Development.

Major offenses are jointly investigated with Chattanooga Police, as established by state law. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at General Sessions, Criminal, or Federal Courts of Hamilton County.  

For emergencies call 4357 on campus or 911. 

You may report suspicious or criminal activity along with any other emergencies by dialing the Campus Police at ext. 4357 or HELP (when off-campus dial 425- 4357). Additionally, the University has instituted an emergency 911 system campus wide.

In an emergency situation you can reach the Campus Police by dialing 911 from any campus telephone. Your location automatically registers on a computer console in the Police Department Communication's office, where help will be dispatched immediately. We also recommend that you program your cellular telephone to the U.T.C. Police Department at (423) 425-4357. You may also call 911 from your cell phone but calling 4357 often results in a faster response as our officers are closer.  911 calls not dialed from campus phones will be processed through the Chattanooga city 911 system. 

Other Important Phone Numbers on Campus

Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Dr. Richard L. Brown, Jr. 4393
Director, Chief Robert Ratchford 4004
Assistant Director, Deputy Chief Craig Hamilton 5290
Student Development, Mr. Jim Hicks 4301
Safety and Risk Management, Mr. Jim Pulliam 5209
Counseling and Career Planning Center, Dr. Nancy Badger 4438
U.T.C. Women’s Center/ Transformation Project, Ms. Sara Peters 5605
U.T.C. Student Health Services 4453
Housing Director, Ms. Valara Sample 4304

 

Other Important Phone Numbers Off Campus

 

Chattanooga Police Department 423-698-2525
Hamilton County Sheriffs Department: 423-209-7000
Hamilton County District Attorney's Office: 423-209-7400
Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline: 423-755-2700
Sexual Assault Crisis and Resource Center: 423-755-2710
Legal Aid of East Tennessee 423-756-4013
Tennessee State Victim Compensation Information 615-741-2734
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