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History and Mission

The Texas State University Police Department (UPD) collaborates with the university community to create a safe environment for all. The department consists of officers who are trained and certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and skilled staff who support the department’s services. Members of the department are committed to continuing our long-standing partnership to foster a community in which it is safe to learn, live and work.

UPD supports the university mission and goals through self-assessment and open dialog. Opportunities such as crime prevention training, the Citizen Police Academy, Coffee with a Cop, internships and student employment allow you to be part of shaping the future of this department. With your support, UPD looks forward to serving the Texas State University community for years to come.


“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.