Reach Campus Police at: 325-670-1461
The Mission of the University Police Officers at Hardin-Simmons University is to ensure a safe and secure environment on the University campus through active and vigilant patrol of all parts of the University including all roadways, walkways, parking lots, athletic fields, academic and administrative buildings, and when required, residence halls and facilities.
The University Police Department will work within the United States Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.
We shall strive to improve the quality of community life through the provision of quality and equitable services. We shall engage in behavior that is beyond ethical reproach and reflects the integrity of police professionals.
Campus safety and security are coordinated by the Hardin-Simmons University Police Department. Hardin-Simmons University Police Officers are armed, have full arrest powers, and are vested with the same rights and powers as all other Texas Peace Officers. Hardin-Simmons University Police can be contacted at 325-670-1461, 24 hours a day.
The University is well lit with lights in parking lots, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students. In addition to telephones in residence halls, lobbies and common areas of most campus buildings, there are six emergency call boxes strategically located throughout the campus. These phones are connected directly to the University Police.
The circumstances in which a Crime Alert will be generated include, but are not limited to, the receipt of a good faith report to the University Police Department of a crime reportable under the Clery Act that poses a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. The Chief of Police, or Assistant Chief, is responsible for determining if a Crime Alert (Timely Warning) will be issued. The determination will be made on a case-by-case basis after due consideration of all available facts of the crime, such as the nature of the crime and whether or not a continuing danger to the campus community exists.
The University Police Department is responsible for the issuance of Crime Alerts. Anyone with information warranting a Crime Alert should report the circumstances immediately to the University Police Department, by phone (325-670-1461) or in person at the University Police Department (Moody Center Basement).
Crime Alerts will be issued through the university e-mail system to students, faculty and staff. Crime Alerts will also be posted on the University Police Department public website at: https://www.hsutx.edu/student-life/campus-safety/campus-police/ under “Timely Warnings.” Crime Alerts will contain sufficient information about the nature of an identified threat to assist members of the campus community in taking appropriate action to protect themselves or their property. The Crime Alert will generally include:
- A readily understandable description of the type of crime or occurrence
- The general location, date and time of the offense
- A physical description of the suspect(s) or composite picture
- A possible connection to other incidents
- Date and time the alert was issued
- Suggested measures which members of the university community can take to help protect themselves
It is important to note that in some cases law enforcement may need to withhold some facts if releasing the information would compromise an ongoing investigation or the identity of the victim.
Serving with Integrity
These values guide all decisions and actions made by this department’s employees:
- Strive to learn to grow
- Be honest, ethical and professional
- Strive for excellence
- Lead by example
- Treat all persons with respect and compassion