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The University of Texas System Office of the Director of Police (ODOP) is charged with the responsibility of protecting the life and property of individuals who comprise the student body, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas System community. The Director of Police is charged with the responsibility for oversight of law enforcement and security for The University of Texas System, the largest public university system in North America, by UT System Policy 170..

ODOP's Mission:

  • to oversee and guide the delivery of police services to the University of Texas community, its 15 components across the State of Texas and 300,000+ students, faculty and staff
  • to train, develop and mentor the finest university law enforcement officers in the United States
  • to set the national standard for law enforcement at America’s educational institutions
  • to always respect the first principle purpose for a university:  to educate our young people in a safe and secure environment
  • to identify emerging trends in crime patterns, criminal behavior, domestic terrorism and transnational terrorism and respond accordingly
  • to continually develop and sustain the capacity to operate in every location as a full service law enforcement agency
  • to rely on the standards of national and state law enforcement accreditation, model policies and evidence-based best practices as we develop policing strategies
  • to set the expectation that our statutory obligations as peace officers shall be fulfilled and executed
  • to demonstrate that we are the exclusive law enforcement agency of the University of Texas System and that we are both confident and proud of our ability to protect our community from harm and ensure the public safety
  • to support the component agencies with rapidly deployable special assets, advisors and resources
  • to continually advance the science and delivery of police training and education
  • to provide advice, counsel and guidance to component police chiefs and their staffs
  • to foster the fullest cooperation, communication and coordination between the Director of Police, the ODOP staff, the component chiefs and their police agencies
  • to continually improve the quality of candidates chosen for selection as police officers through the requirement of the highest caliber of personal and professional qualifications
  • to ensure that as a profession we embrace the highest standards of ethical behavior, principled decision-making and professional conduct


Police Personnel as of January 2015:




Commissioned Officers






TCO (Dispatcher)/Other











Employment Opportunities

Click the link above to view UT System Police Employment Opportunities



UT System Institution Locations


Institution Map




University Police Departments

UT Arlington - C & I

UT Austin - C & I

UT Brownsville

UT Dallas

UT El Paso

UT Pan American

UT Permian Basin

UT San Antonio - C & I

UT Tyler

Health Institution Police Departments

UT Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas
- I & T

UT Medical Branch
at Galveston
- C

UT Health Science Center
at Houston
- C, I & T

UT Health Science Center
at San Antonio
- I

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center - C, I & T

UT Health Northeast

Institution Police Departments indicated with C, I, and/or T are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA), the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and/or the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA)


Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement seal

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)

Texas System Police Association seal

Texas System Police Association


International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

Texas Police Chiefs Association


Texas Police Chiefs Association



Website designed and maintained by Erica Wagner, please contact her with comments or questions.




Michael J. Heidingsfield
Director of Police

"Director Heidingsfield on a fundamental obligation of the University of Texas System Police: that as an organization collectively and as professionals individually, we consistently strive for excellence, pursue every opportunity to be better at what we do, and never, ever violate the public trust."




A letter from Chancellor William McRaven to his Colleagues in The University of Texas System Police

A letter from the
Director of Police
to his fellow
UT System Police Officers


In Memoriam



The University of Texas System Police Recruiting

and Public Service Video

Credits: Dr. Randa Safady,

Vice Chancellor for External Relations

Charles Palafox, Video Production Manager

Katherine Checkley, Script Advisor

Mehran Poursmaelli, Photographer

Assistant Director of Police Ruben Puente, Production Advisor


"The Nobility of Policing"

a video by Franklin Covey


Letter in Tribute to the

UT System Police by

Chief Ben Reyna,

UT Brownsville Police Department


Mileposts of the UT System Police Department

A Presentation of the History of UTSP

by Dan Raff and ODOP Staff

Updated 4/3/2015


"Hollywood vs. Reality: Officer Involved Shootings"

A video produced by the Force Science Institute


"Run, Hide, Fight" A PSA produced by the Houston Office of Public Safety to prepare viewers to react quickly in the event of an active shooter in the workplace


FBI National Academy Graduates


UT System Police Advanced Development and Career Excellence Program Participants


Director's Choice

Chief of the Year

Inspector of the Year

Officer of the Month

Director's Update


Quick Links


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