The University Police Department strives to be the most professional it can possibly be. Any individual wishing to become an employee of the UPD must apply with the Human Resource Department at A&M-Commerce. Each applicant must pass a stringent interview process, a strict background check, and must possess the highest ethical qualities.
Once prospective employees have been offered employment with the University Police Department, a strict regimen of training must be completed. Depending on the position, all employees are trained by senior personnel and must demonstrate an acceptable level of performance before their training is complete.
Each police officer employed by the University Police Department is a fully licensed Texas Peace Officer with full arrest powers. The patrol division consists of eight patrol officers, and three shift sergeants. There are three shifts of officers, each with its own sergeant.
The University Police Department has five security officers when fully staffed. These officers are non-commissioned, with different authority from the police officers. They perform many tasks such as building checks, motorist assists, building patrols and much more. Their support aides the police officers, allowing them to patrol more often and in more areas. In many ways the security officers are the backbone of the department.
Security Officers are spread throughout three shifts, and each shift answers to a shift sergeant.
Communications Officers, or Dispatchers, are usually the first person someone talks to when there is an emergency or other problem. Our dispatch personnel are also the ones first seen upon entering the University Police Department. The department could not function without their professional presence.
Dispatchers, unlike Security and Patrol Officers, are spread throughout four shifts, and answer to a shift sergeant.
Criminal Investigations, C.I.D., is a necessary part of any police department. While most cases are solved by patrol officers in the field, CID plays a vital part in investigating and clearing offenses reported to the UPD.
If you are the victim of an offense and want to know the status of your report, or just want to pass along information, contact Sgt. Kyle Lowe at 903-886-5873 or email him at Kyle.Lowe@tamuc.edu