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 Support Services

Assisstant Chief Costello
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​​​Howdy!

My name is Ed Costello and I am the Assistant Chief of Support Services for the Texas A&M University Police Department. Our Support Services Division is comprised of multiple sections and units that provide technical, logistical, and tactical support to the Officers of the Texas A&M University Police Department. These areas include: Police Communications (UPD Dispatch); Police Records; Evidence and Property; Information Technology; Personnel, Recruiting, Training, and Internal Affairs; Special Operations; Community Services; and Clery/Title IX Compliance.

At the Texas A&M University Police Department, our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment through education, the cooperative spirit of all University community members, and the enforcement of laws and regulations. The Support Services Division contributes greatly to this mission, delivering courteous, timely, and quality services to the members of our Department, our University community, the public, and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Thanks, and Gig ‘Em!

Ed Costello, Aggie Class of ’92 and ‘05
Assistant Chief of Support Services ​




​​​The Support Services Division, commanded by Assistant Chief Ed Costello, is divided into six divisions: Clery and Accreditation, Communications, Information Technology, Property and Evidence, Records, and Training and Recruiting.

We are dedicated to the mission of the department. We take pride in providing courteous and quality support services to the members of our department, our university community, the public, and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.​


Accreditation


The Accreditation Division oversees all aspects of the department's Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) accreditation process.


Clery


The Clery Division oversees all aspects of the department's Clery Report requirements.


Communications


The Communications Division is the vital link between police and security officers, citizens, emergency medical services, fire department, public safety responders, and state/national law enforcement agencies. Often, they are the first line of communications between the community and the police. Trained and qualified dispatchers provide information to police officers and the community that is essential to campus safety.


Community Services


The Community Services Unit promotes awareness through education and the development of public partnerships. The Unit is responsible for providing crime prevention programs and services to the Texas A&M University Community.


Information Technology


The Information Technology Division has three individuals with the responsibility for managing the maintenance of departmental owned hadrware, software, and other electronic information storage/retrieval and related equipment. ​​​​​​​​


Property and Evidence


The Property and Evidence Division has an Evidence Technician that facilitates the secured storage, control, chain-of-custody, and disposition of all items of evidence and property lawfully seized and taken into custody by this department. Reasonable efforts are made to return recovered property to its rightful owner or properly dispose of the item when no longer needed by the department. ​


Records


The Records Division processes, maintains, and stores numerous types of reports on a daily basis. The division generates and submits statistical information for the FBI Uniform Crime Report as well as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). ​


Special Operations


The Texas A&M University Police Department Special Operations Divisions coordinates police and security services for special events such as concerts, dignitary visits, commencement, holiday celebrations, student and department social events, athletics and weddings.


Training and Recruiting


The Training and Recruiting Division is responsible for the training and certifications of all employees within the University Police Department. This office is responsible for maintaining compliance with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) requirements. This job also oversees all of the personnel hiring and recruiting issues of the department. This includes background checks and keeping position descriptions up to date. ​



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