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UTPD Chief Receives Statewide Honor for Law Enforcement Excellence

UTPD Chief Troy Lane is pictured with other Leadership Certificate Award recipients

UTPD Chief Troy Lane, second from left, is pictured with other Leadership Certificate Award recipients.

A statewide organization has recognized University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chief of Police and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Troy Lane for his leadership in improving law enforcement and helping the UT Police Department better serve the Volunteer community.

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police recently awarded Lane its highest level Leadership Certificate Award. He is the 85th law enforcement executive to receive the honor, which recognizes technical training, academic achievements, leadership and management experience, and contributions to the law enforcement profession.

UTPD Chief Troy LaneIn his eight years as UT’s chief of police, Lane has instituted numerous changes and programs to increase safety on campus:

  • Enhanced response to violence against women through training that allows officers to serve victims of trauma and center their investigation on the care of those victims. Through consultation with the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Lane was the sole campus law enforcement representative engaged in establishing the first-ever curriculum for specific training in sexual assault response for college campuses.
  • A Veterans Crisis Intervention Team that identifies and assists student veterans in crisis.
  • Introduction of body cameras that gives UTPD a more efficient way to review and resolve complaints against officers.
  • A canine program with three explosives detection dogs, who sweep campus venues before large-scale events, and an apprehension and drug detection dog.
  • Placing a full-time investigator on the FBI Cybercrimes Task Force to give UTPD in-house expertise and the ability to quickly respond to and resolve internet crimes.

Lane has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and almost 25 years of campus law enforcement experience and served at Kansas State University and the University of Wyoming before coming to UT.

In his role as associate vice chancellor for public safety, he oversees the university’s growing safety programs, including environmental health and safety, emergency management, Clery Act compliance, and electronic security.

He is currently vice president of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and becomes president of the association next month.