Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety Services embraces the University's philosophy that stresses the holistic approach in our students growth in life. Therefore, our mission is to provide a safe environment on campus that is conducive to foster their successful development and education.

The Department of Public Safety Services' primary objective is to protect all persons within its jurisdiction, to insure that all are as free from criminal attack as possible, secured in their properties, which will permit them to develop life skills within a safe and peaceful academic environment.

Department Description

The Department of Public Safety Services is comprised of two divisions:

  1. The University Police Department;
  2. The Parking & Transportation Office;
  3. Office of Emergency Management & Public Information

The University Police Department employs 27 commissioned and licensed Peace Officers, which include the Executive Director, two Assistant Directors, one Director, one Patrol Captain, five Police Supervisors, two detectives, and fourteen Patrol Officers. The University Police Department provides police services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including holidays). Additionally, our department provides a number of services which consist of escorting students during the evening and night time hours; vehicle jump starts; and crime prevention/awareness programs.

The Parking and Transportation Office employs an assistant director and three full time employees who issue SHSU Parking Permits and answer parking related questions. If you have any questions concerning parking citations, parking permits, or parking locations contact the Parking and Transportation Office at 936/294-2505 or e-mail Matt McDaniel at

Additionally, we have a support staff of seven full time Telecommunications Operators and we employ 20-30 part-time Student Assistants who are employed in parking enforcement operations, and as foot patrol officers.


University Police Officers are authorized by State statute to enforce Federal, State, and local laws and/or any regulation issued by the Board of Regents of Sam Houston State University on property under the control and jurisdiction of Sam Houston State University. Section 51.203, Texas Education Code; Campus Peace Officers, states "The governing boards of each state institution of higher education and public technical institute may employ and commission peace officers for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this subchapter. The primary jurisdiction of a peace officer commissioned under this section includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of the institution of higher education or public technical institute that employs the peace officer or otherwise in the performance of their duties.

Department of Public Safety Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Sam Houston State University
Department of Public Safety Services
P.O. Box 2329
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2329

Physical Address:

Charles W. Tackett Police Building

2424 Sam Houston Ave.
Huntsville, Texas 77340


Emergency on-campus: 4-1000
Emergency off-campus: 936-294-1000

E-mail for Police:

E-mail for Parking & Transportation:

E-mail for Emergency Management & Public Information: