The University Police Department comes under the charge of the Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs. Non-commissioned and commissioned officers staff the department. All commissioned officers are armed with service weapons and have COMPLETE ARREST AUTHORITY in accordance with TCA-49-7-118 and Tennessee Peace Officer authorizations established by the Tennessee Code Annotated.
The Police Department has developed programs and services to inform and protect the community. These programs are offered by request by calling 931-372-3234.
Tennessee Tech officers have the same authority as that of municipal law enforcement officers while on property owned by Tennessee Tech, on adjacent public streets and sidewalks, and in nearby neighborhoods. TTU officers have direct radio communications with the city police, fire department, and ambulance services to facilitate rapid response in any emergency situation.
University Police are the only personnel authorized to carry or maintain firearms on campus or any university-controlled property or facility. Students are given additional information concerning security policies in a student handbook and this information is also made available on request in accordance with TCA 317, May 8, 1989, "College and University Security Information Act." All information pertaining to security policies and procedures are updated annually. Changes that may affect students or employees are reported through university news media, student handbooks, radio, newspapers and by personal interview or letter.
The Police Department includes a staff of 20 people. All TTU's commissioned officers have completed officer training at a state-certified police academy. Those officers are required to attend annual in-service, as well as on-the-job training. The Department also employs non-academy trained officers for security-related functions.
The TTU Police Department consists of the following: