Welcome To the University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department

The UTMB Police Department employs commissioned police officers, telecommunication operators and public safety officers along with support and administrative personnel. Officers are commissioned by the University of Texas System Board of Regents and licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement after they have successfully completed the state-mandated training curriculum.

The primary jurisdiction of peace officers commissioned by the University of Texas System Police includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of the University of Texas System.

Commissioned police officers and public safety officers are assigned to shifts to patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number of personnel on duty at any given time varies with the changing needs of the campus.

The UTMB Police Department maintains a close working relationship with local, county and federal law enforcement agencies. Crime-related reports and information, including incidents at off-campus student organization housing facilities, are routinely exchanged. The UTMB Police Department coordinates the timely release of information about serious crimes that may threaten the safety of students and employees through the Office of  Marketing and Communication.


I am pleased to share with the entire university community that, effective Aug. 13, Kenith Adcox will join UTMB as our Chief of Police. He currently heads the La Porte Police Department and brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to UTMB.

I spoke with our police department this morning to announce the appointment. I look forward to working with Chief Adcox and our entire department to ensure the safety and security of everyone at our campuses and clinics. 

Chief Adcox joined the La Porte Police Department in 2008, after retiring from a 21-year career with the El Paso Police Department. He has a wide range of experience at all levels of policing, from front-line to leadership positions. During his tenure in La Porte, the city has experienced a significant reduction in crime rates and was recognized as one of the safest cities in Texas.

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The UTMB Police Department, through professional policing and working in partnership with the community, is dedicated to providing a safe and secure campus where the pursuit of higher education, research, and health care can be achieved.

Personnel Protection

Respond to requests for emergency assistance.

Respond to requests for safety escorts during hours of darkness.

Initiate Investigations of criminal activity.

Provide highly visible patrol throughout UTMB 24 hours a day.

Crime Prevention

Schedule crime prevention consultations within one week of receiving a request.

Conduct Security Surveys upon request

A UTMB police officer will come to your department and present a one hour training session on the following subjects:

  • Workplace Violence
  • Infant Abduction Training
  • Bomb Threats
  • Suspicious Mail and Packages
  • Response to Deadly Behavior

The officers instructing this course have received certification from nationally renowned organization in these areas.

Property Protection

Monitor all UTMB property, including buildings, garages, and parking areas, through scheduled patrols, 24 hours a day.

Provide police communications services 24 hours a day.

Free bicycle registration for students and employees. You may do this by coming by Room 2.712 in the Rebecca Sealy Building.