Police Cadet

Houston, TX
University of Houston Clear Lake

The Police Cadet for the UHCL Police Department will be a full-time police academy student training to become a sworn police officer for the Department. The Cadet will attend a police academy of the department’s choosing and report to that academy per the academy’s rules and regulations. Required to satisfactorily pass all academic and physical requirements set forth by the academy and pass the State of Texas Peace Office licensing exam within 30 days of academy graduation. Upon successfully passing the licensing exam, the Cadet will be reclassified as a full-time Peace Officer with the UHCL Police Department. Depending on the hire date, the Cadet may be assigned non-sworn duties prior to start of the academy.


Overview of UHCL Police and Peace Officer Duties: The UHCL Police Officer is responsible for general police work for the protection of life, liberty and property, the enforcement of all laws of the State of Texas and the rules and regulations of the University; the detection and investigation of such violations; preservation of peace and public order; prevention and repression of crime; apprehension of violators of the law; and giving aid to those persons requiring assistance. The work involves an element of danger. Specific assignments are received from supervisory officers and are carried out in accordance with established rules and procedures. The employee, however, normally acts without direct supervision while on patrol and must be able to use independent judgment in emergencies. Work is reviewed through written and oral reports and inspections. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).



1. 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university OR four years of active duty United States military service with an honorable discharge OR a combination of two years of active duty United States military service with an honorable discharge and 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university.

2. Applicants must be 21 years of age.

4. Valid Texas Driver’s License.
5.United States Citizenship, per Academy requirements.

6. Ability to understand and follow oral instructions, departmental and university policy, procedures, rules, regulations and the laws of the State of Texas.

7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other law enforcement agencies and the public.

8. Ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action

9. Ability to learn the use and care of firearms and other specialized law enforcement equipment.

10. Ability to observe situations, to report and record them daily, including writing narrative reports.

11. Ability to display good skill in the use of a police vehicle and other issued equipment.

12. Ability to absorb and retain training and information, pass exams and complete physical requirements of a police academy.

*Notice to Current UHCL Police Department Employees: Non-sworn UHCL Police Department personnel who do not otherwise meet the aforementioned education requirements, can receive a waiver of these requirements after three years of continuous employment with the UHCL Police Department.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience in customer service and/or volunteer service.