3 Police Chief Dismissals Trigger UT Department Review


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After the dismissal of three campus police chiefs in one year, the University of Texas (UT) System will create a special panel to review operations at all UT campus police departments, according to mysanantonio.com.

In July, David Hernandez resigned from his position at UT-San Antonio following allegations of sexual harassment. UT-Dallas’ police chief, Colleen Ridge, stepped down from her position after officials investigated complaints that Ridge was using her state-leased Honda Pilot to run personal errands. Last September, Howard Miller was fired as police chief at UT-Pan American. The details of his termination have not been made public.

Additionally, officials for the UT System have noticed “operational irregularities” in its departments.

The panel will consist of senior UT System and campus officials and will examine day-to-day operations, including governance and reporting relationships, financial accounting systems, record keeping and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Further, the panel will report its findings to the UT board of regents after its inspection.

There are 14 police across the UT System’s 15 universities. There are more than 450 sworn officers employed with the UT System.

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