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Get to Know UHD Police, Learn About Safety Services at National Night Out

Meet the University of Houston-Downtown Police Department (UHDPD) at its annual National Night Out event from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, on the South Deck. The free event will offer the UHD Community a night of fun, free food, music and a chance to meet officers and learn about safety services. 

"Students can expect a great time getting to know members of our outstanding police department," UHD Interim Chief of Police Casey Davis said. "Most importantly, we are hosting National Night Out to meet members of our community and build relationships that will contribute to the safety and security of the university."

The goal of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for local anti-crime programs; strengthen university spirit; and build partnerships between police and the community.

Davis also hopes this event will promote UHD's campus safety services that are available to students, faculty and staff, which include:

Police Escort Assistance:  To ensure the safety of all faculty, staff, students and visitors, UHDPD provides escorts to students, faculty and staff to and from their vehicles. This is a good resource for UHD Community members arriving early in the morning or departing late in the evening. To request an escort to your vehicle, visit the Police Department in Suite N118, notify the police dispatcher via any police call box or call the non-emergency number at 713-221-8065. This service is available 24 hours a day.

Motorist Assistance: UHDPD will assist when students, faculty or staff who may have locked their keys in their vehicle or need a battery jumpstart.

Police Call Boxes and Blue Light Towers: These resources are found throughout parking lots, garages and on campus. They can be used to report unlawful acts and provide officers with critical information to aid in the prevention and/or apprehension of a suspect. Yellow Police call boxes are located near all campus entrances/exits to all buildings and at the entrance and exit to the parking garage and satellite parking areas. Police call boxes are also located in all elevators. Blue Light Towers are located around campus buildings, along walking trails and in University parking lots. Police assistance may be requested by activating any Call Box or Blue Light Tower.

Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) Courses: UHDPD has four certified RAD instructors who are available to teaching self-defense courses to UHD Community members at no cost on the following dates:

Class Dates*

  • Friday, Oct. 22
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 29 
    11 a.m. -  3 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 5
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    *Location TBA

UHD Department of Emergency Management webpage provides:

  •   UHD Alerts: Receiving Notifications & Alerts
  •   Coronavirus Information: COVID-19 Updates
  •   Emergency Management Plan
  •   Fire Safety
  •   Emergency Management Guides and Forms
  •   Training Videos: Active Shooter, Bomb Threat, Domestic Violence, Work Place Violence, Travel and Disaster; Preparedness    

Additionally, Interim Chief Davis would like to encourage everyone to keep UHDPD's contact information within easy reach:

Non-Emergency: 713-221-8064 

On-Campus Emergency: 713-221-8911

Email: UHDPolice@uhd.edu