The Lamar University community places a significant amount of trust in its police department. We honor this trust by dedicating ourselves to the community we serve. Through a community-oriented, intelligence-driven philosophy, we seek to solve problems and effectively enforce the law. The Lamar University Police Department will continue to improve safety and security through education, training, and adoption of state and national best practices to achieve a gold standard in law enforcement.
The Lamar University Police Department's (LUPD) mission is to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere for learning. Through the use of various policing tactics and resources, the LUPD safeguards life, protects property, enforces the law, and upholds the rights of all citizens. LUPD operates in a spirit of partnership to ensure our University community remains safe. We promote individual responsibility and community commitment through active engagement.
Our Core Values
We seek to be fair and consistent with the enforcement of law. LUPD members give consideration to all sides of a situation, and form our decisions in an objective and impartial manner.
We respect the public's trust in our position as law enforcement officers. We hold each other to the highest standards of character and judgement -- on and off duty
We strive to be honest and truthful through our interactions with our community. We place our sense of duty and principles above our personal gains.
We stand for what is right, and accept our shortcomings when we are wrong. When confronted with physical or moral dilemmas, we choose to do the right thing even though it may not be the popular thing to do.
The University Police department is on campus to serve you in the protection of your person, your property, and the university’s property.
The university police are also charged with the enforcement of university and systems regulations, all state, local and federal laws. Officers working for the university are licensed peace officers for the state of Texas. They have county-wide jurisdiction per the Texas Education Code Section 51.203.
Job openings will always be posted here: http://jobs.lamar.edu .
Statement on Racial Profiling
During the 77th Texas Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1074 was successfully passed. This bill was designed to address a growing concern regarding the practice of racial profiling in the law enforcement profession. Specifically, this bill mandates that police agencies in the State of Texas shall implement a policy that complies with Section 1, Articles 2.131, 2.133 and 2.134, of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, by no later than January 1, 2002. As such, LUPD has instituted a policy that addresses racial profiling and provides a complaint process for those who believe they have been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic or national origin profiling.
Two of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States and Texas constitutions are equal protection under the law and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. The right of all persons to be treated equally and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures must be respected. Racial profiling is an unacceptable patrol tactic and will not be condoned.
It is the practice of LUPD to police in a proactive and responsible manner and to enforce state and federal laws without regard to race, ethnicity or national origin. All Lamar University police officers are expected to conduct themselves in a dignified and respectful manner when dealing with the public.
LUPD will accept complaints from any person who believes he or she has been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic or national origin profiling. Complaints should be directed to the University Police Department shift supervisor at 409-880-8311 or the Professional Standards Unit at 409-880-7745. All complaints will be investigated in a thorough and timely manner.