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COVID-19 Updates and Information.
September 2020 UPdate.
Oncor tree trimming - northeast section of UP
9/11 Ceremony Through the Years.
Meet your new School Resource Officers!
The Arbor - September 2020.
Wednesday, September 23 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.
Thursday, September 24 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Toddler Story - UP Public Library
Friday, September 25 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Baby Story Time.
Upcoming City events have been canceled or suspended due to COVID-19.
Wednesday, September 30 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - City Council Meeting
UPPD is introducing a new division this school year, with assigned officers for the two HPISD elementary school campuses in University Park. Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, School Resource Officers (SROs) will patrol Hyer Elementary and UP Elementary in the mornings from 7:30 to 9:30, and in the afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30. These same officers will also be assigned on any calls that take place on either campus. During the remainder of their shifts and during times HPISD is not in session, they will help with patrol duties throughout the city. Let’s meet your new SROs!
Officer José Bell (pictured right) – UP Elementary
Officer Bell has been a police officer with UPPD for more than a year. He began his police career in 2008 with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, where he worked for 10 years. He then went on to work for the University of Texas at Dallas Police Department for nearly two years before he joined UPPD.
Officer Bell’s favorite thing about being a police officer is the opportunity to make a legitimate impact on the community he serves, whether it is something major or simply making a resident smile.
When asked what he is most looking forward to as the SRO for UP Elementary, Officer Bell said, “I am excited about being a positive influence, and I am looking forward to daily interactions with the kids.” He hopes to foster a genuine relationship that will carry on and grow with them so they can see past the badge and uniform, and simply see him as José.
A message that Officer Bell would like to share with the students is that he would like to grow and learn from them as much as they can grow and learn from him. He also mentioned, “UP Pride, Side by Side!”
Officer Joel Holley (pictured left) – Hyer Elementary
Officer Holley has worked in law enforcement for three decades, and he has been with UPPD for the past 16 years. Through the years he has been assigned to different department divisions, including warrants, the Criminal Investigation Department and patrol.
Officer Holley became a police officer because he felt that it was his true calling, and he believes that it is an honorable profession. His favorite part about working for the police department is the opportunity to help others, whether it involves helping someone get out of a bind or settling disputes and solving problems.
As the SRO for Hyer Elementary, Officer Holley is looking forward to positive interaction with the public and he is excited about bonding with the students. Officer Holley is a great-uncle and spending time with his little nephew builds his days up in an optimistic way. He is hoping for a similar experience with the students at Hyer.
A message that Officer Holley would like to share with the students is to look out for one another and to stand up for each other. He cannot wait to meet the Hyer Huskies!