Office of the Director of Police Staff

 

ODOP

Heidingsfield

Michael J. Heidingsfield
Director

Selected to begin in April 2011 as the Director of Police for the University of Texas System, Michael J. Heidingsfield is responsible for the leadership and operation of the University of Texas System Police (UTSP), composed of 550 sworn officers and 900 civilian staff deployed at 15 University of Texas locations across the State of Texas.  He oversees each of the 14 university police departments and the respective Chiefs of Police as well as the University of Texas System Police Academy.  The UTSP is a state law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction in the 67 Texas counties where the University of Texas System has real property and delivers full law enforcement services to a population of 330,000 students, faculty and staff.  Functions include a tactical response team, major crimes unit, a task force with ATF targeting UT affiliate involvement in drug cartel trafficking of contraband at the border campuses, an inspections staff, criminal intelligence, a seat at the Texas Fusion Center, internal affairs, administrative investigations as well as the full array of traditional police services including canine, motors, bicycle patrol and the like.

 

He was most recently the Senior Assistant Sergeant at Arms for Police Operations and Homeland Security for the United States Senate and held that position from 2008 to 2011. In that capacity he directly oversaw the Senate’s preparations for security of its members, the protection of the Senate both as a complex of facilities and as an institution, the counter-terrorism measures employed to ensure enduring constitutional government and the overarching law enforcement and security measures necessary to guarantee public safety, continuity of operations and enduring constitutional government.  He served as a senior participant and advisor for such National Special Security Events as the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. 

 

Preceding his Senate appointment, Director Heidingsfield served for eight years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to his move to Memphis, Director Heidingsfield served for eight years as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona.  His law enforcement service in Arizona and Tennessee was preceded by a 13 year tenure at the Arlington (TX) Police Department, leaving there as the senior deputy police chief after having been selected through a nationwide recruitment to lead the Scottsdale Police Department.  At the time of his retirement from the City of Scottsdale, he was accorded the title of Chief of Police Emeritus.  Director Heidingsfield began his law enforcement career with the University of Texas System Police from 1973-1975.

 

Following his graduation from college, Director Heidingsfield served as an active duty Air Force officer at the conclusion of the Vietnam War and subsequently retired in 2004 as a full colonel in the Air Force Reserve assigned to the Security Forces Directorate at the Pentagon.  He was called to active duty in the wake of the attacks of 9/11 and served as a team chief in the Air Force Crisis Action Center in the Pentagon and as a team member at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba.  His Air Force career took him to Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf.

 

He received his BS degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1973 and his MA degree in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University in 1990.  While at Florida State University, Director Heidingsfield was an Air Force scholarship recipient and a distinguished graduate of the ROTC commissioning program.

 

He is a published author and speaker in the fields of criminal justice policy, policing, leadership and ethics, and has presented before the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Major City Police Chiefs Association, Police Executive Research Forum, US Navy Post Graduate School and at Oxford University, England.  Director Heidingsfield has provided advice to the Israeli National Police on the issue of violence de-escalation, to the Bermuda Police Service on international law enforcement accreditation and has served as a trainer for the Ministry of Public Security in Costa Rica.  He received three gubernatorial appointments for criminal justice posts in the State of Arizona and has served as a subject matter expert for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba on the security of Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees.  He also served as an instructor on leadership for the Indonesian National Police executive corps and for a 20 year period was an assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

 

While on a 14 month leave of absence from the Crime Commission from 2004-2005, Director Heidingsfield served in Baghdad as the Contingent Commander for the US Department of State’s Police Advisory Mission in Iraq.  His role was leading the effort to retrain and reconstitute the Iraqi Police Service, overseeing a staff of 1000 in doing so and traveling throughout Iraq.  He survived five insurgent attacks during that mission.  He was also selected in 2007 to serve as a member of the Congressionally-mandated Independent Commission on the Iraqi Security Forces, again traveling to Iraq.  Most recently, he was asked to serve as senior police advisor and subject matter expert to the President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East for Regional Security.  Both his Iraq Commission and Middle East Special Envoy work was done at the request of and under the leadership of past National Security Advisor, General James Jones.   

 

Director Heidingsfield is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, generally considered the most advanced police executive training in the country with faculty drawn primarily from the Harvard University Schools of Business and Government. Finally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City and Board of Trustees for the Center for American and International Law.


Puente

Ruben A. Puente
Assistant Director

Joining the UT System as Assistant Director in March 2012, Ruben Puente brings 26 years of law enforcement experience along with 12 years of private sector corporate experience, enhancing the leadership, strategic planning and project implementation skills available in the Office of the Director of Police.  His past experience includes leadership roles as Director of Safety and Security for The Hockaday School (Dallas, TX) and as an executive with Frito Lay North America, a PepsiCo fortune 50 corporation.  As Senior Manager of Corporate Security, he oversaw operations for a workforce numbering 52,000 employees and facilities that includes 18 Regional Offices, 10 Manufacturing Plants and 200 Distribution Centers throughout the U.S.

 

Assistant Director Puente retired from law enforcement after careers with the Arlington, TX Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police.  He is a graduate of several Law Enforcement Executive Colleges and curriculums to include the prestigious Institute for Law Enforcement Administration Management College and School of Police Supervision (Plano, TX), the Sam Houston University “LEMIT” Leadership Command College and is a graduate of the 210th Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA.  He entered the private sector as a Senior Manager overseeing corporate security operations for the Office of the Baseball Commissioner of Major League Baseball, headquartered in New York City, NY.  His role with MLB included sport security event planning throughout North America and International venues to include Cuba, Canada, Columbia, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. 

 

Assistant Director Puente has successfully leveraged his experiences from both the public and private sectors with outstanding results.  He is a highly recognized security professional with a proven ability to identify operational vulnerabilities, reducing corporate risks’, mitigating workplace violence threats, prosecuting internal fraud and implementing strategic security technologies.    

 

 He currently holds a position as an advisory board officer for the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and is the Vice-President on the Dallas Sheriff’s Academy Advisory Board.

 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a Masters of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Professional Development degree from Dallas Baptist University.  He also completed Advanced Graduate Studies in Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University and is a certified mediator.


Ferrero
David Ferrero

Chief of Staff
Senior Police Inspector II

Since joining the UT System ODOP family in 2008, David has held the position of Inspector, Inspector II and Assistant Director ad interim.  This has allowed him to enjoy the joint responsibility for Basic Peace Officer and In-Service Academy training, conducting staff management inspections at the fifteen UT System institutions, coordinating criminal/administrative complaint investigations, performing executive protection duties for Board of Regents and other dignitaries and recommending best practice policy/procedure for System employees in areas including use of force, firearms, wellness/fitness. He is grateful to have shared knowledge and experiences through instructing law enforcement officers for over thirty years on a municipal, county and state level.

 

A native of San Antonio, David graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. From 1978 to 1984, he served with the Texas City and League City Police Departments as a Patrol Officer, Detective and Sergeant.  David instructed in area law enforcement academies and was recognized for excellence in presentations before the Grand Jury.

In 1984, David began employment with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. He held positions of Agent, Senior Agent Training Division, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief of Enforcement ad interim. His tenure included upper/senior management positions both at the Staff and Field level. Upon retirement in 2007, successes include development and implementation of both in house and outreach resources focusing on public safety with underage drinking and intoxication concerns, appearance and testimony in a variety of venues including Senate/House Committees and criminal/civil procedures, as a guest on national syndicated “The Sally Show” to explain underage-drinking initiative, and expert witness for the Commission in use of force trial.

 

David is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College Class #50, holds a TCLEOSE Master Peace Officer Certification, recognized in the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame, member First United Methodist Church Round Rock, Eagle Scout, and active in Boy Scout Troop 157. David is married to Leesa and both are proud parents of four children.


Baptiste

Kenneth Baptiste

Police Inspector II

 

Kenneth Baptiste was raised in Houston TX and began his law enforcement career in 1987. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds a TCOLE Master Peace Officer license and a Basic Police Instructor certification.  Kenneth served 5 years active duty in the Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist and a Patrol/ Drug Dog handler. He has been deployed to multiple locations including Ali Al Saleem AB, Kuwait in support of Desert Eagle and Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 1992, he extended his law enforcement career with UT Houston Police Department (UTHPD) as a security guard. In May of 1994, he graduated from the UT System Basic Police Academy and served as a UTHPD patrol officer for 6 years. In 1998, he relocated to Nashville Tennessee and served as a patrol officer for Franklin Police Department, Franklin TN. In August 2001, he relocated back to Texas and began employment with UT Southwestern Police Department (UTSWPD) at Dallas in October 2001.
While at UTSWPD, he has held the position of Sergeant and Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. In addition, he served as the Hospital Liaison Sergeant responsible for the development and annual review of the comprehensive University Hospitals (UH) Security Management Plan. Additionally, he was a critical partner in the development of fundamental principles of planning, managing, staffing, delegation and supervision of the police/security force at University Hospitals. Other responsibilities included monitoring, evaluating, and analyzing UH’s crime patterns and intelligence to develop strategies for effective policing. Kenneth also served as the Dignitary Protection Detail Team Leader responsible for the planning, managing, coordination and development of protective security operations for the Chancellor, Board of Regents, state and local officials and other dignitaries that included integrating internal and external law enforcement resources as necessary. He also served as the Internal Affairs Investigator responsible for conducting investigations of citizen complaints against police policy, procedure and performance. Kenneth is also a graduate of Institute of Law Enforcement Administration that recognizes the importance of supervision as a major management function and concerned with the professionalism of the management team.  In addition, he is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and an Advanced Rape Aggression Defense Instructor. 
Kenneth Baptiste is currently a member of the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) assigned to Headquarters TXANG, Austin TX.  He serves as the Joint Forces Logistics Support Superintendent responsible for managing and coordinating TXANG resources and assets in response to State/Federal disasters and/or emergencies. In addition, he is the TXANG Region 6 manager responsible for coordinating state resources and assets with Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials in response to national disasters and/or emergencies.

Eastman Uniform

Alexander L. Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS
Medical Director and SRRT Surgeon/Inspector, The University of Texas System Police
Lieutenant and Deputy Medical Director, Dallas Police Department

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Medical Director and Chief, The Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland

Dr. Alexander Eastman is Medical Director of The University of Texas System Police as well as SRRT Surgeon (rank: Inspector) for the University of Texas System Police SRRT team.  This team, charged with responding to critical incidents on all UT System campuses is integral in plans to keep all University of Texas students, faculty and staff safe in these unpredictable times.  In addition, he is a lieutenant and the Deputy Medical Director of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and the Lead Medical Officer for the DPD SWAT unit.  In this assignment, Dr. Eastman serves as both an operational member of the SWAT unit as well as the Department’s leader for all medical / public health issues including officer safety and wellness.  

Dr. Eastman is the Medical Director and Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Hospital and assistant professor and trauma surgeon in the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center.   A graduate with distinction of the George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery and two fellowships at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital.  He is board-certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center--Houston. 

 A former firefighter/rescuer in Montgomery County, Maryland, his research/academic interests include the prehospital care of the injured, novel methods of hemostasis, cost effective wound care and the interface between medicine, law enforcement and public health.  He is an Officer-at-Large of the Police Physician’s Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the United States Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group.  Most recently, Dr. Eastman was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award from the University of Texas at Austin.


Griffin

Ashley Griffin

Police Inspector II

Ashley Griffin started her law enforcement career with the Indiana University Police Department in 2004, where she was a part-time police officer for two years.  During her time there, she was a live-in dorm officer and available on-call for the residential assistants as needed.    
She was hired by the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the University of Texas System Police Academy in 2007.  In January 2012, she was promoted to patrol sergeant and worked on night shift.  In February 2014, she was transferred to the position as the training coordinator for UT Austin. 
Inspector Griffin has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Liberal Studies, a Certificate in Criminal Justice, and two minors in Sociology and Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action (LESA), respectively.  Inspector Griffin currently holds a TCOLE Advanced Peace Officer license, Mental Health Officer license, Basic TCOLE instructor license, RAD instructor license, basic Hostage Negotiator, and certified in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.
Inspector Griffin teaches Crisis Intervention Training at the UT System Academy and the Mental Health Officer course at UT Austin annually.  Inspector Griffin recently chaired a TCOLE committee that developed a new TCOLE course curriculum (84th Legislative session mandate) involving acquired and traumatic brain injuries and trauma affected Veterans and de-escalation. 
Inspector Griffin enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, Le’Von (whom is a UT System Police Academy graduate), and their two boys Quinlan and Sterling.     


Gabriel

James Gabriel

Lieutenant

James Gabriel graduated from Austin High School in 1978; studied at the University Iberoamericana of Mexico City, summer 1977; attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), 1978-1982; and joined the University of Texas at Austin Police Department in September 1983.


He retired June of 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant; served as a patrol officer from 1984-1989; served in the Criminal Investigative Unit from 1989-1990; was promoted to Sergeant in 1990; and promoted to Lieutenant in 1994.

 

Gabriel is a Certified Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Instructor; a Certified Fire Arms Instructor and Co-Developer of the patrol rifle program at The University of Texas System Police Department at Austin, 2002. He is certified by the National Rifle Association, Texas Department of Public Safety, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, and BlackWater Inc., as a Carbine Rifle Instructor, and served in that role for The University of Texas System Police Department at Austin for 12 years.

 

He was 2008 Recipient of the “Influencer Program Award” Presented by the United States Army which included training at Ft. Benning’s, Army Marksmen Unit; co-developed and served as the Lieutenant of the Special Response Team (SRT) from 2000 -2013.


He served as the representative for The University of Texas to the Austin/Travis County, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Operation Center (EOC) from 2000-2013; served as the Incident Commander for The University of Texas at Austin home football games from 1999 to 2013; served as a traveling member of The University of Texas football team security, which included personal security for UT coaches from 1996-2001.

 

Gabriel is also certified in dignitary protection by the United States Secret Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety; and has served as site contact for the United States Secret Service and Department of State on multiple Presidential and foreign dignitary visits to the City of Austin and The University of Texas; served as liaison to the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2005 to 2013; served as Incident Commander or a member of a Unified Incident Command Team on multiple occasions across the state including civil disorder events, protests, large fires, active shooter attacks, floods, hazardous material emergencies including, chemical, biological, explosive, radiological and nuclear incidents, weather emergencies, suspected pandemics, large sporting events and large entertainment events; and most recently served as the Deputy Incident Commander/Incident Commander at the 2013 explosion in West, Texas. He served as law enforcement point of contact for the Nuclear Reactor (NETL) on The University of Texas, J.J. Pickle research campus from 1997-2013 and served as law enforcement security supervisor for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library on The University of Texas campus located in Austin, Texas from 2006-2012.

 

James Gabriel is the 2010 Recipient of the UTPD Chief of Police “Annual Service Award;” 2010 Recipient of the 100 Club of Central Texas “Life Time Achievement Award” for work in emergency management and law enforcement; and is a current member of the Capital Area Incident Management Team; a Certified Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor; and Certified National Type 1-5 ICS Liaison.


Harper
Bobby Harper

Senior Police Inspector II

Bobby Harper joined ODOP as an Inspector II in 2010. Bobby was formerly a Lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety.  He served with DPS in various capacities including the Highway Patrol, Governors Security Detail, Intelligence Service, Special Weapons and Tactics Team and Internal Affairs.  Most recently, he was employed by the National Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A&M University assisting with homeland security training and exercises.  Bobby is a tactical firearms/combatives instructor and a karate black belt. He is a TCLEOSE Master Peace Officer and is a graduate of the 190th session of the FBI National Academy.


Lemmonds

Angel Lemmonds

Police Inspector II

Inspector Angel Lemmonds was born in Jasper, Alabama, but grew up in LaMarque, TX and moved to Houston, TX in 2002. She is a Master Peace Officer and holds a Basic Police Instructor’s License. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. In 2012, she graduated from the Texas Certified Public Manager program through Sam Houston State University.

 

Inspector Angel Lemmonds started her career at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX as a guard in 1994; in 1999 she attended the University of Texas System Police Academy. She then joined the University of Texas at Houston Police Department in 2002 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2005. She held the rank of Sergeant for 8 years before accepting the Inspector position at ODOP. While serving the University of Texas community for over 17 years, she has performed various assignments within the UT System Police including Traffic Enforcement Officer, SRT, Field Training Officer, Crime Prevention Sergeant, Recruiting and is currently a Lead Instructor for The Rape Aggression Defense Class.

 

Outside of police duties, Inspector Angel Lemmonds enjoys traveling the world and experiencing new and exciting adventures. Her recent travels include Costa Rica, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Greece, Puerto Rico, and Belize.


Merritt

Geoffrey Merritt

Police Inspector II

Geoffrey Merritt has been in law enforcement since 1997.  He has served on three different college campuses ranging from small private institutions to large public universities.  He has served as a patrol officer, field training supervisor, patrol supervisor, department recruiter and crime prevention unit supervisor.  He has presented at state and regional conferences for Texans Standing Tall and the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission’s College Alcohol Symposium on alcohol enforcement issues.  He also presented at the 12th annual U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Leadership National Conference.  Inspector Merritt has presented nationally on webinars for Campus Outreach Services on the topic of sexual assault.  He is an Advanced Instructor for the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator’s Course (SAFVIC) that teaches police officers to effectively investigate sexual assault and family violence cases.  He was selected by the cadets of the 92nd University of Texas System Police Academy as the Instructor of the Year in 2011.   Geoffrey Merritt has a Bachelor of Science degree and has a master peace officer license from the State of Texas.  He is a certified TCLEOSE police instructor and basic Hostage Negotiator.  Geoffrey Merritt is a member of the Texas Municipal Police Association and the Texas Crime Prevention Association.  He became a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist in 2010. 


Metzger Uniform

Dr. Jeff Metzger

SRRT Police Surgeon

MEDICAL
Medical School
The University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - MD
Graduate School (Business)
The University of Texas at Dallas - Master’s in Business Administration (Anticipated Graduation December 2013)
Residency
Emergency Medicine - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Fellowship
Government Emergency Medical Security Services (GEMSS) - The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX

Law Enforcement
Tactical Medicine
CONTOMS EMT-T Course
Basic SWAT Medic Certification Course (TTPOA) Instructor
Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid (TTPOA) Instructor

Law Enforcement
Basic Peace Officer
Basic SWAT (TTPOA)
High Risk Warrant (DPD)
Barricaded Persons (DPD)
WMD Tactical Operations (LSU Course)
Covert Lock Defeating (TTPOA)
FEMA IS100, 200, 700, 800
TSA LEO Flying Armed
CIT Training (DPD)
Terrorism – Threats, Tactics and Training (DHS)


Patnode

Charles Patnode

Police Inspector II

 

Inspector Charles Patnode is currently assigned as the Training Coordinator for the UT System Office of the Director of Police. He oversees the in-service training for the UT System police officers and ensures compliance with TCLEOSE requirements. Inspector Patnode also teaches at the UT System Police Academy and specializes in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Basic Firearms and Patrol Rifle Operator. He spent almost eighteen and a half years at the UT San Antonio Police Department. While at UTSA, he spent 2 years as the Training Sergeant, 10 years as a Patrol Sergeant, 3 years as a Police Corporal, and 2 years as a Patrolman. During that time, Sgt. Patnode was an FTO, Bike Officer, and Instructor.  

Inspector Patnode was a graduate of the 57th UT System Police Academy in 1993. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1995. Inspector Patnode received his Basic Police Instructor and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing certifications in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been certified as a Verbal Judo Instructor, Mobile Video Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Patrol Rifle Instructor.

 

Inspector Patnode has been teaching SFST throughout Texas as an adjunct instructor for TEEX and AACOG as well as for the UT System. He has certified several hundred police officers and cadets as SFST Practitioners since 2001. He has also conducted SFST Update training throughout the state.

 

Inspector Patnode is a competitive shooter in several disciplines. He helped UT San Antonio win the UT System Chancellors Trophy Pistol Match in 2002. Inspector Patnode is a member of the Single Action Shooting Society which focuses on shooting period correct firearms of the 19th century for speed and accuracy. He has competed and won in local matches as well as the State, Regional and National Championships. He has won four 1st Place National titles as well as one All American Title. Inspector Patnode has also medaled at the Texas Police Games.


Shepherd
Paul Shepherd

Senior Police Inspector II

Inspector Shepherd retired as a 30-year law enforcement professional from the Odessa Police Department in September of 2010. He was the supervisor of the Criminal Intelligence Unit after completing a 10 year assignment as supervisor of the Homicide Unit and the Crimes Against Persons Unit. He has served in the numerous capacities within the department including, Patrol Services, Community Relations, Training Division, Crimes Against Property, Crimes Against Persons Unit (homicide) and was also a Sergeant with the Internal Affairs Unit. He has over 23 years of intense investigative experience in violent crimes. He holds a “Masters Peace Officer” certification  as well as an “Instructor’s” with TCLEOSE.


He has approximately 25 years experience in crisis negotiations and responsible for the development, training, and implementation of a multi-agency negotiation response team at his former agency.    He is a 2007 graduate of the FBI’s “National Hostage Negotiation Course,” in Quantico, Virginia as well as a 2008 graduate from the Metropolitan Police  “National Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Course” in Hendon, England.  In each of these, he served as a mentor and student.  He has trained over 400 state, local, and federal officers in crisis negotiations and was utilized to train US military personnel in Hostage Negotiations and Hostage Survival, prior to their deployment to Iraq.

 
In 2010, he received recognition from Director Robert Mueller, III for his negotiation efforts in face to face negotiations with prisoners and obtaining the safe release of two hostages during the Pecos Prison Riots of December 2008. In September of 2010, Inspector Shepherd was invited by the “Black Swan Group”  to participate in training the first Crisis Negotiation team from the United Arab Emirates.
In November of 2010, Inspector Shepherd was presented with a “Lifetime Membership Award” from the “Texas Association of Hostage Negotiator’s”  and in February of 2011, Inspector Shepherd was presented with an appointment as an “Honorary Texas Ranger,” to Company “E” of El Paso by Texas Ranger Captain Brooks Long.


 

 

Trevino

Rey Treviño

Academy Commander

Police Inspector II

Inspector Treviño started his commitment to public service by enlisting in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman.  He was first assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Germany and subsequently deployed to Macedonia as part of a United Nations Peace Keeping Mission.  While in Macedonia, he was assigned as a Rifleman for his Infantry Platoon and served on the Quick Reaction Force (QRF).  While on QRF, he participated in several training exercises where his squad boarded Blackhawk Helicopters and made their way along the border in support of military operations.

Inspector Treviño was next assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of a NATO Peace Keeping Mission. While on deployment, he conducted mounted and dismounted patrols in and around the town of Brcko.  He served as a Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) and as a Squad Automatic Weapon Gunner for his Infantry Platoon.  His Platoon was responsible for capturing and detaining several Bosnia Rebels along with their weapons and munitions.  His unit also enforced riot control procedures when confronted with an unruly mob after weapons were seized from a Bosnian Muslim cantonment site in the town of Celic.

He successfully completed the 72nd UTSP Academy in December 2001.  In August 2002, his Army Reserve Unit was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and ordered to report to the 528th Special Operations Support Command Unit.  Shortly thereafter, he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  While in Iraq he conducted convoy security operations for Special Operation Units.  Treviño completed his deployment and returned to the UT Brownsville PD in September 2003.

 

Inspector Treviño received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems, has a Master Peace Officer License, and holds several Instructor certifications.  These include a TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor and FLETC Reactive Shooting Instructor.  He has attended various Law Enforcement and Military training courses throughout his career, which includes the Basic SWAT Operator Course and the DPS Advanced Special Response Team Operator Course.  He also completed the Precision/Sniper Rifle Operator course, where he received the title of Top Shooter. 


He has been a member of the UT System Rapid Response Team (SRRT) since its inception in 2011.  While on SRRT, Treviño served in several capacities to include Designated Marksman, Assistant Team Leader, and has recently been appointed as Team Leader of the Rio Grande Valley Squad.  He has since been deployed on several occasions in support of SRRT Operations around the State.


He is a big proponent of training.  “I am a firm believer that you need progressive training in all facets of your career.  What got you here won’t get you there.  It is important to build on and improve your skillset. It is just as important to pass on this knowledge to your fellow Officers.   Prepare yourself, Prepare others, and Lead!”

 

Inspector Treviño became a member of the ODOP team on January 4, 2016, when he accepted the position of Police Inspector and Academy Commander for the UT System Police Academy.


Inspector Treviño enjoys spending time with his wife Annabel, family, and friends.  His hobbies include fishing, weightlifting, and time on the firing range.


Stephanie Johnston

Stephanie Johnston

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie began her employment with the University of Texas on October 1, 2012.  She came to UT System after 5 years as an Administrative Assistant with the Capital Area Council of Governments’ Regional Law Enforcement Academy.  Stephanie has a varied background and has worked as an Administrative Assistant and in Customer Service in the insurance and software industries as well as aerospace and transportation.  Her duties at ODOP include:  Police personnel records management, police training records management, certification and firearms, TCLEOSE Liaison, and Veterans Affairs Liaison.


Lydia Navarro
Lydia Navarro

Administrative Associate

Lydia began her employment with The University of Texas as a clerk-typist at the UT Austin Police Department in October of 1981. She transferred to UT System Administration in January of 2001 to work at her current position for the Office of the Director of Police. 

 

Lydia's duties in ODOP include: Police personnel records manager for training, certifications and firearms, TCLEOSE liaison, Travel Coordinator, Accounts Payable reconciliations, Crime Statistician for Annual Report, Veterans Affairs Liaison and reception.


Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner

Senior Administrative Associate

Erica began employment with The University of Texas as a clerk-typist at the UT Austin Law Library in April of 1982. After an eight-year break from UT spent administering workers' compensation claims for the University of California System, she returned to Austin and began work for UT System Administration in July of 1995 in the Office of General Counsel. In October of 2003 she moved into Operations and Support Services before assuming her current position with the Office of the Director of Police in July of 2010.

 

In addition to being a Word guru, Erica has expertise in web page design and SharePoint.  She's an amateur costumer and loves all things crafty.

 

Erica's duties in ODOP include: assisting the Director, criminal background checks, fleet management, inventory, parking citation administration, coordination of the UTSP promotional process, purchasing, records management, SharePoint Administrator, Technical Services Coordinator, Dignitary Transportation Coordinator, website design and maintenance.


 

 

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