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Guardians Of The (UHD) Galaxy

UHDPD Is Watching Out For You


By Laura Wagner

Everyone knows the UHD Police Department (UHDPD) has a team of sworn police officers, security officers, dispatchers, and security technicians trained and equipped to protect the members of the campus community.  

Not everyone knows that UHDPD offers a host of other services designed to keep the campus secure. According to UHDPD Chief Casey Davis, “Our mission is to provide a safe environment. To achieve that, we are prepared to offer all levels of services – from protection against life-threatening events to assisting with more everyday occurrences like a dead car battery.”

Below are a few of the many ways UHDPD supports and protects the campus. For more details and to view the full range of UHDPD’s services and responsibilities, visit the UHDPD website, stop by the UHDPD office in the One Main Building, Room N118, or call UHDPD at 713-221-8065. And remember: guardians are available 24/7 in the UHD galaxy!

  • Police Call Boxes. Not just for emergencies, these bright yellow call boxes can be used to request assistance or report a concern. If you see something, say something! Call boxes are located prominently near all entrances/exits to every building on campus, at the entrance and exit to the parking garage and satellite parking areas, and in all elevators. UHD Police Call Box Outside2
  • Police Escort. A UHDPD escort is available 24/7 to ensure you arrive safely at your car. To request an escort, visit the One Main Building, Room N118 or notify the police dispatcher via any yellow call box. 
  • Security Services. UHDPD security officers are stationed across campus to reinforce UHDPD’s commitment to keeping the Campus Community safe and secure. Suspicious persons and/or activities can be reported to these officers.
  • Motorist Assistance in Covered Garages. Did “someone” lock your keys in your car? Is your battery dead? Call 713-221-8065 for help or to notify the police dispatcher via any yellow call box. 
  • Lost & Found. If you dropped your wallet somewhere between Starbuck’s and science class, the UHDPD Records Division might be able to help. Visit them in the One Main Building, Room N118 to check for lost items. Note that items received by the Division are stored for 30 calendar days, then destroyed, so hurry.
  • Records. Need a copy of an accident report, incident report, or information report? Complete a Texas Public Information Act Request Form and drop it off at UHDPD. More details are available online.
  • Be on the Lookout! (BOLO). UHDPD now hosts a BOLO webpage. Concerned about a suspicious individual on campus? Do your part to keep the campus safe. Check out the BOLO page to see if someone has already reported the person and use a yellow call box to alert UHDPD of unusual activity.  

And don’t forget to thank the men and women in blue who are actively working to make UHD a safe learning, teaching, and working community. Send your compliments and gratitude to Chief Casey Davis.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.