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 the 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 Affairs.
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.
Our Mission and Core Values
We embrace the values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.
The mission of the UTCPD is to provide professional police services, reduce criminal opportunity and community anxiety while working with faculty, staff, students and visitors. Our department is committed to treating all people fairly while supporting an environment where diverse social, cultural and academic values are allowed to develop.