Office of the Director of Police Retirement
On Friday, September 20th, the staff of the Office of the Director of Police (ODOP) will celebrate the retirement of its longest serving officer, Inspector Dan Raff, with a lunch at his favorite restaurant, Rosie’s Tamale House. As Dan concludes his 36 years of employment with the University of Texas System Police he will be continuing his service to the law enforcement profession and Texas law enforcement community as a volunteer staff member of the UT System Police Academy, where his passion to teach will continue to be realized.
Dan Raff is a native of Austin, Texas and began his career with the UT Austin Police Department in 1977 as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. He has been a law enforcement trainer since 1981 and an Inspector with the Office of Director of Police since 1984. His expertise is in Traffic and Crash Investigation, Arrest, Search and Seizure, Criminal Investigations and Firearms training. Dan has regularly competed in matches with the International Defensive Pistol Association and the Single Action Shooting Society. He is a NRA firearms instructor and SASS range officer. He has medaled in firearms competition with the Texas Police Olympic games, Police Marksmanship Association and the Chancellor’s Trophy Pistol Match. He served as the Academy Coordinator for the University of Texas System Police Academy and Chief Instructor and Cadet Counselor.
Dan has had an extraordinary influence on many of the officers currently serving the UT System Police, other law enforcement agencies around the state and country. A profoundly humble man, his contributions are recognized by each and every police officer who passes through our Academy—His continuing legacy is reflected in a sign designating the Police Academy grounds as “Rafftown” (courtesy of Police Academy Class #84 in 2007) and the title of the award given each Academy class to the most outstanding overall cadet: “the Daniel E. Raff Outstanding Cadet Award.”