Emergency: 936.294.1000 | Non-Emergency: 936.294.1800
The Mission of the Sam Houston State University Police Department is to effectively and efficiently provide for the protection of lives and property, preserve the public peace, and provide needed community services with the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards. It is to this purpose that the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System created the SHSU Police Department with authority delegated by the State Legislature. Departmental employees shall carry out this responsibility with the utmost dedication and highest professionalism.
The Core Values of the department are: Integrity, Honesty, Fairness, Courage, and Compassion
Emergency Notifications will be made through Katsafe when there is an immediate or impending threat (that is confirmed) to the health and safety of the University Community. Alerts are sent based on your MySam preferences, to all Sam Houston State University students, faculty, and staff.
Concealed carry is permitted on campus for those with a license and understanding of prohibited locations.
Devices are often lost or stolen. Register them on MySam, so that we can help locate and identity them.
To log into the system and begin entering your property information, follow these steps:
- Log into your MySam account at mysam.shsu.edu
- Select the Campus Resources tab
- Select the “Banner Self-Service” link
- Select the “Personal Information” link
- Select “Register Your Property” link
When traveling as an organization, group, or department of Sam Houston State University, you are required, by law, to submit the property travel form at the end of your travel.
Daily Police Activity
The Sam Houston State University Police Department fully complies with the Texas Racial Profiling Law (SB 1074 of 2001, HB 3389 of 2009, HB 3051 of 2017, & SB 1849 of 2017).
One of the requirements of the Law is:
“Each law enforcement agency in this state shall adopt a detailed written policy on racial profiling. This policy must implement a process by which an individual may file a compliment or a complaint with the agency if the individual believes that a peace officer employed by the agency has engaged in racial profiling with respect to the individual” (CCP Art. 2.132 (b)(3).
It is the policy of the Sam Houston State University Police Department to accept all compliments and fully investigate all complaints against the department, or its members, and to obtain a final disposition to those complaints so as to maintain the integrity of the department and secure the support it needs from the community.
Any person wishing to make a complaint may do so by emailing or delivering our Compliment/Complaint Form. Complaints can be reported 24-hours a day to any department supervisor.
Our goal at the Sam Houston State University Police Department is to deliver the services the community needs and expects in a professional manner. If this expectation is not met, we will take the appropriate action to ensure that the behavior is not repeated. We do not want to fail in our continuing efforts to provide the best possible police service to each of the citizens at Sam Houston State University, the City of Huntsville and Walker County.
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.
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