Kevin Leverenz

Thanks to a new policy, UTPD will now be better informed of incidents in the area surrounding campus that could pose a threat to the UT community.

The Austin Police Department watch commander on duty is now required to immediately notify the UT Police Department by phone of incidents within a two-block radius of campus that could pose a threat to the University. They are also now required to send an email notification to UTPD for less threatening incidents. The changes took effect Oct. 1.

Austin police Lt. Kevin Leverenz said Austin police have always worked to notify UTPD of these incidents, but this requirement helps guarantee notification by formalizing the process.

“There was no systematic rule to ensure that the University of Texas Police Department were aware of an incident that was nearby the campus, so we are just trying to fill in a gap,” Leverenz said.

Leverenz said incidents that automatically qualify for the immediate phone alert are a barricaded subject, hostage situation, active shooter, shooting, stabbing, homicide, suspicious death, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, bomb threat, indecency with a child, riot and person with a gun.

He said incidents that automatically qualify for the email notification are a missing person, suicide, suicidal subject, deceased person identified as a student, crowd control incident, report of hazing, missing person involving a UT student and report of shots fired.

UT police chief Robert Dahlstrom said in some cases UTPD did not learn about incidents in a timely manner or at all, making the policy change necessary.

Leverenz said the Austin Police Department’s communication office will now receive a notification when an incident that falls into the criteria occurs, telling them to inform the watch commander on duty, who will notify UTPD.

Leverenz said for incidents that fall outside of the criteria, Austin police will continue to exercise their judgment in determining whether UT police need to be notified.

Dahlstrom said UT police have always notified Austin police of relevant incidents, although there is not a formal policy in place. He said most police departments use their own discretion on when to notify other police departments of incidents. He said the relationship between UTPD and APD is excellent.

Dahlstrom and Leverenz said both UTPD and APD will evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative in the future and may expand the specified two-block radius if needed.

Dahlstrom said the radius may change as the campus changes as well.

Printed on Thursday, November 8, 2012 as: APD policy to inform UTPD of close threats

A suspect in a downtown shooting that left four injured may have been spotted on San Jacinto Boulevard early Sunday morning.

The University of Texas Police Department alerted the UT community of a person matching the suspect’s description via text message at 4:04 a.m. Earlier that night, Austin Police Department officials found two wounded women at the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard and Sixth Street and a wounded man near the intersection of Seventh Street and Interstate 35. An additional male victim was found at a hospital later. APD officials said all four victims were shot and the suspect has still not been caught.

In the text message, UTPD officials stated the suspect was a Hispanic male wearing a white and black blood-stained T-shirt. UTPD spokeswoman Rhonda Wheldon said University police officers searched the campus and were unable to find anyone matching the description. UTPD texted students stating campus was all clear 40 minutes after sending the alert.

Austin police Lt. Kevin Leverenz said the suspect shot the four victims in their lower bodies, delivering non-fatal wounds. Leverenz said no arrests have been made and he could not comment on potential leads.

Leverenz said police found what they believe to be the suspect’s gun near the crime scene.

Officers stand before the wreckage of the car accident that took place on Sunday evening at 30th and Guadalupe Street.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart | Daily Texan Staff

A man has died and a woman was critically injured after being hit by a car while standing outside the Wheatsville Food Co-op on 30th and Guadalupe streets at around 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Austin Police Department spokesman Kevin Leverenz said the driver of the car was traveling southbound on Guadalupe Street before crossing into the north lane and hitting two pedestrians, and continued to travel approximately 100 yards to hit a sign for Four Sons’ Quality Cleaners.

The man and woman were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where the woman is now in stable condition.

Economics sophomore Tommy Cao said he was stopped at a red light on 30th Street and saw the accident unfold. Cao said he was on his way to a meeting when he saw a car approximately 20 feet away from him drive up at what he says was a speed of about 60 mph, get on to the sidewalk and run into the Four Sons’ Quality Cleaners sign. Cao said the car’s front side was already smashed when he saw it driving by and saw the driver unconscious in the front seat after the incident.

Cao said he saw a lot of people rush out of the way of the car but he did not see anyone get hit.

The accident caused all lanes from 30th to 31st streets to be closed. Leverenz said police are not disclosing whether the driver was male or female, but that the driver is still alive. He said it is currently under investigation whether the accident was the cause of drunk driving or other forms of intoxication. Police at the scene said the site will be treated as a crime scene until proven otherwise and that roads should be open by morning.

Printed on Monday, February 20, 2012 as: Man killed in car wreck