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January 2022 UPdate.

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Bike thief caught on camera. Have you seen this suspect or stolen truck?

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City buildings - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday hours.

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Oncor Tree Trimming - various UP neighborhoods.

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The status of various infrastructure improvement projects.

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Wednesday, January 19 at 10:45 a.m. - Preschool STEAM and Stories.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - City Council Meeting

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - City Council Meeting

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Let’s lock UP to reduce crime and protect property! (Part II)

October 15, 2021

Additional information aimed at keeping University Park a safe place to live and work
               
In the October Arbor we included a few quick things you and your neighbors can do to assist our police department in reducing crime and protecting lives and property. Simply put, everything centers on remembering to lock up!

If I were a burglar, I would have selected your house, vehicle or yard!

As part of their nightly patrol activities UPPD officers will soon begin leaving this door hanger on homes and vehicles when they notice something that could make your home and property more attractive to burglars and others involved in crimes of opportunity. 
 
Preventing the theft of F-150 and F-250 taillights

UPPD is continuing its efforts to make taillight thefts involving F-150 and F-250 trucks much tougher to accomplish. If you are a University Park resident and you drive either model, UPPD will install taillight screws that can't be removed without the use of a special tool. To arrange for an installation, email UPPD Detective Schellinger at jschellinger@uptexas.org. Due to high demand, we have set aside two time slots. When you email him, please specify a time Monday through Thursday between 9 and 11 a.m., or Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Violent crime is rare in University Park

As many of you know, on October 5, our first-responders were called to the scene of a shooting on Lovers Lane, just feet from the Shell Gas Station on the north end of Snider Plaza. The incident took place at about 7 p.m. and involved the occupants of a pick-up truck that was passing through the community. The victim, who later died from his injuries, was left on the pavement as the truck sped away. The first officer was on the scene less than three minutes after being dispatched. UPFD paramedics arrived 30 seconds after that, and quickly transported the victim to Parkland Hospital. Working diligently, in collaboration with neighboring agencies, UPPD detectives arrested the gunman the next afternoon, and they are continuing to work the case. As tragic and frightening as this incident was, this kind of violence is rare in University Park. We had not suffered a homicide since 2005.

Monthly crime reports on the City’s website

Each month, UPPD posts a detailed report on the City’s website showing various aspects of the department’s overall policing efforts. Compiled in accordance with the U.S. Justice Department’s National Incident Based Reporting Program each monthly report displays data for more than 20 crime categories made up of a larger group of specific crimes called Group A offenses. Also included on each report are summaries for calls for service, accidents reported, citation issued, animal control calls and several other trackable components. For year-to-year comparisons, posted reports are kept on the website for four years.                      
Accreditations, periodic reviews maintain UPPD’s professional standards
 
UPPD is recognized as a Gold Standard agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Fewer than 700 police agencies in the U.S. have achieved CALEA accreditation. The process requires continued compliance with over 480 standards of law enforcement professionalism.

Thankfully for all of us, daily activities are returning to normal following an unprecedented pandemic that caused months of uncertainty at home, at school, and in the workplace. As the department’s calls for service return to normal, consistent with always looking inward, UPPD is beginning a review of other components related to its policies and practices. This review is prompted in large part by the recent retirement of several long-time department members, the influx of new officers, and resulting promotions in the command staff. Much like the CALEA process this review will be conducted by an outside professional who is not affiliated with UPPD.