Office of the Director of Police



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."

Michael J. Heidingsfield Biography .

Quick Links

Mileposts of the UTSP can now be found at the History link to the left.

Letters by Director Heidingsfield, Chancellor McRaven and Ben Reyna are now available at the Letters link to the left.


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 institutions 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 institution police departments 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 institution police chiefs and their staffs
  • to foster the fullest cooperation, communication and coordination between the Director of Police, the ODOP staff, the institution 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

UTSP 2015 and Beyond

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

Police Personnel as of January 2017:

Commissioned Officers 539 602
Guards 534 610
TCO (Dispatcher)/Other 136 152
Civilian 192 183
TOTAL 1401 1547


The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault

Noël Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA; Principal Investigator
Caitlin Sulley, LMSW; Blueprint Project Director
Kathleen Hill, LMSW; Director of Research Operations
Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
School of Social Work The University of Texas at Austin
Briefing Sheets