University Police Officer

Edinburg, TX
The University of Texas Rio Grand Valley

To enforce the law, provide service, information and aid to all citizens as circumstances require, assist and support victims of crime, prevent crime, suppress disturbances, investigate criminal offenses, and arrest offenders. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

Responsible for law enforcement duties for the protection, safety and welfare of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and all property under the control and jurisdiction of The University of Texas System, including primary law enforcement jurisdiction in all counties where the UT System has real property interest and general law enforcement jurisdiction in all other Texas counties. Exercises independent judgment and discretion within the limits prescribed by law, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, institutional rules and regulations and the Office of the Director of Police (ODOP)/University of Texas System Police (UTSP) departmental policies and procedures.


To perform law enforcement duties on the property under the control and jurisdiction of the University of Texas System or as otherwise authorized or required by law. Preserve the peace by the use of all lawful means, interceding, when authorized by law, to prevent or suppress crime. Execute all lawful process. Arrest offenders with and without warrant when authorized by law. Investigate criminal offenses to detect and arrest criminals, and recover stolen or lost property. Attempt to locate missing persons. Enforce traffic law by detecting violations, making violator contacts, placing violators in custody or issuing citations or warnings. Investigate motor vehicle collisions. Prepare various written reports narrating law enforcement and police activities. Give credible and accurate testimony in the criminal courts of this state and the United States. Confers with prosecuting attorneys, preserves evidence, and maintains confidential information. Confers with local law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency response agencies on matters of mutual interest. Provides assistance and support to the victims of crime.


Required Education
High School Diploma or GED, successful completion of a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved Basic Peace Officer Course (or the equivalent as authorized by law and ODOP/UTSP policy), has successfully passed the TCOLE peace officer licensing examination.

Preferred Education
60 college hours from an accredited college or university.


Required Experience
To be considered suitable for employment, applicants may be required to successfully complete a polygraph interview, a criminal back ground check, and an extensive drug use analysis.

Preferred Experience
Possess Basic Peace Officer Certification and Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Successful completion of the prescribed Field Training Program as provided by ODOP/UTSP policy.

A working knowledge of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act; experience as a chief of police; executive training through the FBI National Academy or an equivalent venue; law enforcement leadership experience working in a higher education environment; experience in a leadership position in a major municipal police department.