UT Tyler Receives Funds from Area Wal-Mart Stores for Defense Program
The University of Texas at Tyler received $2,000 in gifts from two area Wal-Mart Supercenters which will help fund the university police department’s defense program, UT Tyler police chief Mike Medders announced.
Wal-Mart Supercenters #345 in Palestine and #1022 in Tyler each granted $1000 to the UT Tyler Patriot Defense Program. Wal-Mart and Sam’s retailers have donated a total of $3500 to Patriot Defense this calendar year, according to Heath Cariker, UT Tyler police officer.
Patriot Defense is a UT Tyler police program that instructs students, faculty and staff in self-defense, personal safety and conflict resolution techniques.
The funds provided by these gifts will be used for new equipment and continuing education for program instructors.
For more information about the program, contact Officer Cariker, 903.566.7060.