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Assistant Chief of Police

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 2900

Title: Assistant Chief of Police

Department: Public Safety

Essential Personnel: Y

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Police

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 19

Grade Min: $91,458

Grade Mid: $112,036

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: Pre-Defined

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: Y

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Assistant Chief of Police provides assistance to the Chief in the development, administration, coordination and implementation of departmental policies, procedures and activities. Performs a variety of duties including organizing, planning, coordinating various programs and operations. Prevents crime and provides administrative support.


  • Sustains and advances the Department's mission in support of the University's mission through the use of community policing and other best practices in campus law enforcement
  • Directs the application of advanced and innovative concepts and best practices in campus law enforcement to achieve objectives and continuously improves performance
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies and procedures for the department and work unites assigned
  • Reviews and directs the department's fiscal, equipment and human resources activities and services; develops reviews and manages staff and employee recruitment, development and training
  • Writes, edits or coordinates the preparation of correspondence, reports, or other printed materials; research content items for precedents, correctness of presentation and applicability
  • Manages the department internal affairs function
  • Coordinates law enforcement activities with other law enforcement agencies and first responders
  • Controls and commands law enforcement operations of major investigations, emergency management situations and large university special events
  • Provides staff assistance to assigned supervisory staff; provide various program and activity reports; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; makes recommendations for the addition of new programs
  • Serves as alternate property and evidence custodian
  • Assumes command of the police department in the absence of the Chief

Marginal Duties

  • Evaluated performance of assigned staff
  • Monitors budgetary expenses and assists in preparation of the department budget
  • Attends various meetings and seminars as required
  • Assists in criminal investigations when required
  • Counsels personnel
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • Full Time Employees

Delegation of Work:

  • Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • Makes final decision on evaluating employee performance; hiring new employees; disciplinary actions; makes final decision on scheduling employee work hours; makes final decision on coaching and counseling; training; provides recommendations on handling employee grievances and complaints; and makes final decision on granting time off


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree

Required Experience:

  • Completed a minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible broad-based services as a Texas Peace Officer
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) licensed peace officer immediately prior to the start of the application/selection process, five (5) years of supervisory experience with experience in an administrative level position in law enforcement, minimum rank of lieutenant (2) two consecutive years .
  • Experience and knowledge in the areas of event management, homeland security, risk management, emergency management, and building security


  • Possession of an appropriate valid Texas Driver's License
  • Possession of an appropriate certification as a peace officer in the State of Texas
  • Possession of at least a Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certificate issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Must meet all the requirements for an entry level Police Officer and possess an active license as a Police Officer issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of an advanced police management and leadership training such as the FBI National Academy, PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police or a state law enforcement command college such as the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
  • Responsibility as a Police Lieutenant or Police Captain

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Operation, services and activities of law enforcement
  • Principles, practices and methods of law enforcement, traffic control and patrol services
  • Methods and techniques of report preparation
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management pertaining to law enforcement
  • Property and evidence handling procedures
  • Principles of record keeping and reporting
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
  • Development and administration of program goals, objectives and procedures
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and accepted practices relevant to the position


  • Candidates must have strong analytical and problem solving skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills


  • Participate in law enforcement programs including patrol, field operations, crime investigations and support services
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, especially other members of the department
  • Command respect and maintain discipline
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Self
    • motivate and motivate others. Interact with Students and adults from diverse social and economic backgrounds
  • Develop new and innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Maintain effective audio
    • visual perception needed for:
    • Making observations,
    • Vision corrected to 20/20, both eyes
    • Color vision – ability to distinguish all colors, both eyes
    • Reading and writing,
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits:
    • Making sound decisions and using good judgment,
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs,
    • Recommending effective policies and procedures
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following:
    • Standing, sitting or running/walking for extended periods of time in a wide range of areas from stairways in buildings to outdoor undeveloped areas
    • Carrying, dragging or restraining individuals from 50 to 300 pounds,
    • Performing peace officer responsibilities such as effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals, and operating assigned equipment
    • Preparing and presenting materials in a formal setting.
  • Effectively handle a work environment and conditions which involve:
    • Working closely with others,
    • Must be available to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays according to assigned schedules
    • Hazardous situations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • This is a uniform position. All positions requiring peace officer certification should be prepared for full field duty at any time regardless of primary assignment. Personnel may be reassigned to field duty at any time either permanently or temporarily to assure appropriate field staffing levels. Position may be allowed routine office wear as required for performance of duty.
  • Environmental Conditions: Primarily an inside office environment, except when assigned as police shift supervisor; some travel involved to meetings, school and other sites; when assigned to perform all duties of a peace officer, exposure to emergency public safety environment; exposure to emergency and disaster situations; exposure to potentially hostile environments; exposure to dangerous and/or hostile people; animal and human body fluids; hazards of emergency driving; hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic; working in and near natural and man-made disasters, exposure to inclement weather conditions; may be required to work in and around heavy vehicles and equipment; possible exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes and gases when assisting in emergency calls; possible exposure to hazardous chemicals, high voltage and toxic materials; exposure to waste and infectious diseases; frequent contact with the public.

Physical Demands:

  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time; adequate speech, hearing, visual acuity and ability to distinguish color; may be required to carry, push, pull, drag or hold medium to heavy weight objects. When performing duties as a peace officer essential and other important duties require maintaining physical condition necessary for medium to heavy lifting; bending stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping and climbing; the use of fingers, both hands and both arms; the use of both legs; may be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations; ability to discharge a firearm; the ability to operate motorized equipment and/or assigned vehicles.

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Customer Relations Management

  • Ensures customer's needs and expectations are addressed within his/her department or section. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Mentors and guides department/section staff by sharing knowledge and best practices to appropriately respond to customer's requests.
  • Monitors staff interactions with customers for professional conduct, consistent application of university policies and procedures, and follow up of outstanding requests.
  • Assumes responsibility for addressing complex or unusual requests.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Operations Management

  • Manages department or section operations consistent with department/section goals and objectives.
  • Administers the department/section budget ensuring effective utilization of financial resources and appropriate disbursement of funds.
  • Fosters a cooperative and productive work environment through motivation, encouragement, and mentorship of staff.
  • Ensures department/section compliance with university and department policies, procedures, and work rules.
  • Keeps management apprised of department/section activities and issues requiring senior management input.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.

Problem Solving

  • Formulates plans and strategies to proactively resolve anticipated problems.
  • Prudently responds to unforeseen problems through careful consideration and analysis of problem and relevant information and circumstances.
  • Recognizes and apprises appropriate university administrator when resolution requires senior management input and/or approval.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Supervises the work of staff employees.
  • Sets clear goals and expectations within reasonable timeframes.
  • Motivates staff through constructive feedback, challenging assignments, and recognition of achievements.
  • Provides mentorship and guidance by sharing expertise and best practices.
  • Supports staff by providing essential resources, professional development opportunities, and open communication.
  • Promptly addresses performance issues with appropriate measures and discretion.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.