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History and Mission

Director of Texas State University's Police Department Jose L. Bañales

“Working together, we keep you safe at Texas State.”

Welcome to the Texas State University Police Department. UPD is a full-service agency of dedicated officers and staff who provide law enforcement and crime prevention for the university community. Our officers are trained and certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and we are each committed to creating a safe environment in which to learn, live and work. UPD works with the university community to minimize crime on campus, and together we have an outstanding record in reducing crime.

To reach us in an emergency, dial 911 from any phone on campus or find a blue-light emergency phone. If you need general information or nonemergency services from UPD, please call 512.245.2805 to talk with one of our state-certified dispatchers.

As police chief, I bring over 30 years of law enforcement experience. I believe in continually improving ourselves as officers through training and development. And I know that working as a team, we can enhance our community’s quality of life and keep you safe at Texas State.

Best regards,

Jose L. Bañales

Director, University Police Department


“Serving with Integrity”


The Texas State University Police Department, through innovation and creativity, strives to set the trend for service to our community.


Texas State University Police Department creates a safe and secure learning and working environment by providing proactive police and access services, enforcement of laws and regulations, and a high level of preparedness for the campus community.


These values guide us in all decisions and actions:

  • Striving to learn and grow
  • Being honest, ethical and professional
  • Striving for excellence
  • Leading by example
  • Treating all people with respect and compassion
  • Doing the right thing

History of UPD

Like Texas State itself, the University Police Department has a long history.

At the beginning, in 1903, when the university was Southwest Texas State Normal School and Old Main was the only building on campus, security was provided by one night watchman.

Over the decades, as more students came to San Marcos, more campus security did as well.

In 1966, campus law enforcement across the country changed significantly after the tower shooting at the University of Texas at Austin. That event was the catalyst for our department at Texas State; we became a fully-operational police unit by 1968. From that point on, all officers employed by UPD have been required to be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

As Texas State has grown from a teachers’ school to a well-rounded college to an emerging research university, our department has grown with the campus community. UPD currently consists of commissioned police officers, uniformed security officers, uniformed parking officers, support staff and student staff.