TAMIU police officers are charged with protecting the safety and welfare of students, employees, and property of the institution in accordance with Texas law. In order to accomplish the university's mission, officers have attended a state certified police academy and have received certification and licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours and comply with state mandated bi-annual training requirements. Officers are well trained, well educated men and women, committed to the concept of community service, who protect a campus filled with professional, dedicated faculty, staff and students in a unique academic environment.
The TAMIU Police Department maintains excellent relations with the City of Laredo Police Department, the Webb County Sheriff's Office, the agencies of the United States' Department of Homeland Security (including the Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)) and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Department has established liaison with the Laredo Community College Police Department, the United Independent School District Police Department and the Laredo Independent School District Police Department. Information about crimes and incidents is exchanged between agencies so crime trends and activities can be monitored.
• Alarm Systems - monitors several types of alarms from different locations on campus, these systems are designed to enhance personal safety, building security and environmental controls.
• Crime Prevention Presentations - conduct crime prevention and crime awareness presentations at student orientations and on request:
- Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Course - basic physical defense for women
- CA (Community Advisors) Orientation - drug awareness presentation for housing administrators and staff
- Student Orientation - safety awareness and topics of interest for new university students
- Heightened Security Presentation- crime awareness for university community
- Date Rape Presentation- awareness course of university community
- Personal Safety - personal safety precautions.
• Crime Stoppers - the university benefits from the Laredo Crime Stoppers program.
• Motorist Assistance Programs - pro vides assistance to motorists with vehicle difficulties. The services range from jump-starts of vehicles, attempting to unlock locked vehicles, providing assistance with out-of-fuel vehicles, and assistance with flat tires.
• Dusty Trails - provides security escorts - walking, golf cart, police vehicle - to on campus locations;
• Emergency Telephones - monitors and answers 17 Emergency Call blue light telephone throughout campus, emergency telephones in elevators and emergency telephones in university buildings that provide direct contact with the police dispatcher.
The University Police Department contributes Part I Crime information to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), (the information is then forwarded to the U.S. Department of Justice's Uniform Crime Report, administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)), and has made crime statistic information to interested parties. Statistics for this report are compiled from university police reports, incidents reported to public law enforcement agencies where the university owns or controls property, and from others who have " significant responsibility for student and campus activities " to whom individuals report criminal incidents they have not reported to police.