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Chief of Police

University of North Texas
Fort Worth

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Chief of Police



Job Location:

Fort Worth

Full Time/Part Time:


Department Summary:

The HSC Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Police Officers
The department is staffed by 22 full-time employees and operates 24 hours a day. HSC Fort Worth Police Officers are licensed with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as peace officers vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities of peace officers in the State of Texas.

The Texas Education Code defines our jurisdiction as “all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented or otherwise under the control of the institution of higher education.” These counties include Tarrant, Denton, Dallas, and Cooke. HSC Fort Worth Police Officers have authority to “enforce all laws, including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws.” They also maintain an inter-agency relationship with the Fort Worth Police Department.

We provide comprehensive law enforcement services. Officers routinely patrol the campus by foot, electric bicycles and vehicle. State criminal laws are enforced, as are administrative and state traffic regulations governing driving and parking restrictions. Officers take police reports when an offense or an incident is reported, and criminal cases are filed with the Tarrant County District Attorneys Office.

Position Overview:

The Police-Administration at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is seeking to hire a Chief of Police to join our team. Under the administrative direction of the Vice President for Operations, the Chief of Police provides leadership, strategic planning and administrative direction for the University Police Department; serves as the senior law enforcement officer for the university, and works closely with all university units. Responsible for management of administrative and operational affairs; and oversees safety and security for extended programs and facilities. Directs and represents the University Police, supervising crime prevention programs, leading community police efforts, enforcement of the crimes and vehicle codes, investigation of crimes and vehicular accidents, and maintains positive relationships with constituents.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certified or obtain within six (6) months of employment. Must possess valid Texas Driver’s License or obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough working knowledge of Texas Code of Criminal and Civil Procedure.
  • Thorough working knowledge of law enforcement and security operations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to plan and supervise work activities of police and security personnel.
  • Knowledge of and ability to support the function and goals of a campus law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.
  • Ability and demonstrated experience in fostering positive employee relations through modeling of appropriate work behaviors.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications: * Understanding and willingness to abide by the Police Officer’s Code of Ethics. Ability and willingness to work long or irregular hours, sometimes under severe emotional stress and inclement weather. * Good moral character and ability to furnish acceptable character references.

Work Schedule:

M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Chief of Police

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Cleaning, Climbing, Crawling, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Lifting up to 50 pounds, Lifting or moving up to 75 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate


Provides leadership to the police department to ensure effective and efficient police, safety and security services are provided to all campus locations.


Directs all operations of the police department by planning, organizing, directing, staffing and evaluating the administrative and operational activities of that division.


Develops, implements and administers goals, objectives, policies, procedures and strategies for the police and police related activities.


Develops and recommends an effective budget for the department. Plans, monitors and evaluates expenditures and recommends budget strategies and actions.


Maintains effective communication with police administration and personnel within the University community, and with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies through personal contact, correspondence and attendance at meetings.


Directs and assists in the training and development of subordinate staff, participates in the selection and promotion of police personnel, reviews and/or evaluates employee performance, analyzes employee performance problems, and determines disciplinary action to be taken.


Develops work schedule for personnel that are designed to provide optimum manpower and resource utilization for police, safety and security services.


Directs investigation activities to assure maximum utilization of investigation personnel, resources and techniques.


Serves as liaison between the university and other state or federal agencies/departments and other organizations on matters of Public, Environmental and Health Safety Issues. Serves on State and local law enforcement committees, as necessary and appropriate.


May, during certain situations, be required to perform patrol duties and activities.


Develops and maintains programs to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations; and provides timely reporting as necessary for compliance with such programs.


Serves as an advisor to all university departments and administrators on law enforcement matters, security issues, investigations, etc.

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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