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University of Texas Police Department at Houston - Houston, Texas

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$60,000.00 annual
Top Pay:
$90,000.00 annual

Job Description

The University of Texas Police at Houston (UTP-H) is a member of the University of Texas System Police. It is staffed with a dedicated team of sworn and civilian professionals that serve, protect and preserve the daily campus life at the number-one cancer center in the nation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (US News & World Report), and the prestigious University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UT-Health). Both institutions are part of the world's largest medical complex, The Texas Medical Center located in the heart of the nation's energy capital, Houston, Texas. UTP-H is responsible for law enforcement, security and personal safety services. Accredited since 1994 it has most recently received meritorious accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The UTP-H is currently accepting applications for a commissioned position of Detective, University Police.

Additional Information

  • Function:Provides investigative expertise and oversight on a wide variety of criminal investigations.
  • Scope:Responsible for conducting investigations while enforcing criminal laws and institutional regulations that promote the protection, safety and welfare of students, employees, patients, visitors and all property within the areas under the control and jurisdiction of the University of Texas System.
  • Essential Functions: Lead investigator on all major criminal matters and lengthy investigations; ability to effect forcible arrests of violators; ability to communicate with witnesses and complainants in an effective manner; conducts skillful interviews/interrogations of suspects, prisoners, complainants and witnesses to obtain information beneficial to the investigation and the apprehension and conviction of offenders; prepares investigative and activity reports, maintains records and responds to correspondence.
  • Conducts investigations in cooperation with federal, state, county and local agencies and such other cases and matters as may be assigned; maintains a close working relationship and liaison with department members and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Conducts complex criminal investigations; interprets complex information; frequently makes decisions without consulting a supervisor; exercises extensive independent judgment and takes appropriate action with limited opportunity to evaluate alternatives; obtains and executes search and arrest warrants; as directed, supervises subordinates while they are conducting investigations, surveillances, interviews, interrogations and crime scene processing; ability to work effectively over a prolonged period of time; ability to maintain confidentiality of information and to restrict the use of such information.
  • When instructed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, conducts undercover surveillance, investigations and internal investigations. Conducts audits of criminal cases and is responsible for case management; performs transfer officer duties for criminal cases to offices of various prosecutors.
  • Develops sources of information; locates and interviews confidential informants; visits locations frequented by criminals to determine criminal habits, associates, characteristics, aliases and other relevant information; makes analysis of crime trends and patterns; possesses forensic and technical surveillance equipment expertise.
  • Gives credible testimony in the criminal and civil courts of this state and The United States. Effectively testifies in grand juries, county, district and federal courts.
  • Crime scene specialist; conducts crime scene searches, at which time he/she appropriately searches for, seizes and preserves evidence which is needed for the investigation of the crime and the apprehension and conviction of the offender; acts as custodian and technician of evidence.
  • Participates in public relations and crime prevention enhancement activities by attending civic club meetings, churches, schools and other places of public or university gathering and explaining the activities and functions of the police department and crime prevention methods.
  • May conduct research on key topical areas and develop targeted presentations for departmental personnel.
  • Trains and mentors investigators by providing training and instruction in the methods and techniques of criminal investigations; prepares administrative documentation necessary to the work function; provides training for departmental personnel and conducts crime prevention programs on campus; determines investigators’ training needs.
  • Complies with all state and university policies. Maintains current knowledge of the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the department pertaining to assigned area of responsibility; remains current on job-specific procedures, laws, rules and regulations through professional development courses, meetings, research and job-related publications; demonstrates the skill to apply these specialized techniques in the course of his/her duties. Keeps supervisor informed of activities and findings.
  • Provides dignitary protection and transportation services as required.

Job Requirements

  • Age: : 21
  • Education: : High School or GED
  • Experience: Ten years experience as a commissioned peace officer, with six years as an investigator or detective, at an agency or department of seventy five (75) or more commissioned police officers.
  • Required:In accordance with current levels of education for commissioned police officers of The University of Texas System as adopted by the Board of Regents.
  • Preferred:Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university. Technical training in automated criminal justice information systems (NCIC, TCIC and JIMS).
  • Required:Ten years experience as a commissioned peace officer, with six years as an investigator or detective, at an agency or department of seventy five (75) or more commissioned police officers.
  • Preferred:Experience and expertise in financial, fraud and computer related crime investigations. Possess an advanced certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

Contact Informaton

Sgt. Wisneski

University of Texas Police Department at Houston
7777 Knight Road
Houston, Texas 77054
phone: 713-563-2154

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