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Mission

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 2013:

 

ACTUAL

AUTHORIZED

Commissioned Officers

474

527

Guards

544

588

TCO (Dispatcher)/Other

136

147

Civilian

135

153

TOTAL

1289

1415

 

 

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

UT Medical Branch
at Galveston
- C

UT Health Science Center
at Houston
- C & I

UT Health Science Center
at San Antonio
- I

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

UT Health Northeast

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

 

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement seal

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)

Texas System Police Association seal

Texas System Police Association

IACLEA

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

 

Website designed and maintained by Erica Wagner, please contact her with comments or questions. Last revised 9/23/14.

 

 

Heidingsfield

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."

 

Biography

 

In Memoriam

 

"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

Updated 6/9/14

 

"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

 

A letter from

the Director of Police
to all
UT System Police Officers, Guards and Staff

 

Director Heidingsfield discusses ODOP's progress since April of 2011 in the Fall 2011 TSPA Newsletter

Quick Links

 

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