Assistant Chief of Police

Houston, TX
University of Houston

Position Summary:

Manages personnel and resources of the University of Houston Police Department (UHPD) at the direction of the Chief of Police. Provides leadership in law enforcement, crime prevention, officer training, and community relations. The principal functional areas of UHPD are patrol; investigations; special services; training; security; communications; records; training and police systems.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provides leadership and staff development for all functional areas of UHPD, including direct supervision of Lieutenants and Managers, as well as functional supervision for all Police Department staff members through the chain of command.
  2. Assists the Chief in developing and administering departmental operating budgets.
  3. Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local laws, and UH System and University policies and procedures.
  4. Oversees and evaluates the performance of division personnel.
  5. Develop, implement and maintain programs for police personnel training, career development and continuing education.
  6. Investigates complaints against UHPD personnel, issue findings and take corrective actions in accordance with policies and procedures.
  7. Assists with providing leadership for officer recruitment and selection procedures, hiring and termination decisions in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  8. May serve as liaison to university departments and other law enforcement agencies, and serves on various standing and ad-hoc committees.
  9. Plan and direct operations to ensure most efficient use of staff, facilities, equipment and financial resources.
  10. Keep informed of latest innovations in police work, especially those in higher education, and implement the most appropriate innovations at the university. Performs other job-related duties as needed.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university.
  • Requires a minimum of seven (7) years of directly job-related experience with five (5) years supervisory.
  • A valid, active TCOLE (formerly TCLEOSE) license with up-to-date annual TCOLE training.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License before receiving job offer.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and additional assignments.
  • Must pass a Criminal History and valid Driver’s License check prior to an interview.
  • Must pass Background Investigation prior to employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening.
  • UHPD requires all applicants to complete the criminal history fields on their application. Applicants with incomplete criminal history fields will not be considered for a position.