Your University Police Department at SFA
The University Police Department is a team of professionals working to provide a safe environment in which the educational mission of SFA can be fully realized. The UPD is service-oriented and tailored to meet the needs of a progressive institution. We provide crime prevention and control, criminal investigations, traffic and parking supervision, emergency services, maintenance of public order, patrol, and other related services.
The SFA UPD has a good working relationship with the local law enforcement agencies. These agencies are the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department, Nacogdoches Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Texas Rangers, and the FBI. University police officers assist the Nacogdoches Police Department in city areas adjacent to campus when requested, and university police officers are assisted on campus by the NPD when requested. There has always been a spirit of cooperation among city, county and campus officers. UPD officers serve city and county subpoenas and occasionally warrants. If city or county officers must conduct investigations or serve warrants on campus, they are assisted by the UPD.
Each semester the UPD provides classes for residence hall supervisors, resident hall assistants and other campus leaders. The UPD also presents programs relating to campus safety, theft prevention, personal safety and sexual assault prevention. Also, articles concerning campus crime, traffic problems and safety suggestions are published in the weekly campus newspaper as the need arises.
The UPD is very supportive of SFA's Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Policy (13.11), which is distributed annually to both current and prospective employees and students by various departments within the university. The UPD is obligated to enforce all laws and SFA rules and regulations pertaining to possession, sale, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages on university owned property. The illegal use, possession, sale, delivery and/or manufacture of drugs will not be tolerated on university owned property.
The UPD provides 24-hour-a-day patrol protection to the university campus including all parking lots, residence halls, administration, and academic buildings. University police officers are vested with all powers, privileges and immunities of peace officers within the county, including all streets and roads in which the university owns, rents, leases or otherwise controls property. These powers are in accordance with V.T.C.A. Education Code, Sections 51.203 as amended by H.B. 391, effective September 1, 1987.