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Police Detective

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 9115

Title: Police Detective

Department: Public Safety

Essential Personnel: Y

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Police

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 73

Grade Min: $66,472

Grade Mid: N/A

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

This Police Detective is responsible for investigating reported and suspected criminal activity. The Police Detective ensures the protection of the general public and furthers judicial processes.


  • Obtains search warrants: establishes probable cause, requests warrants, communicates with other officers and/or agencies
  • Investigates and processes crime scenes and related law enforcement problems; photographs crime scenes, searches crime scenes for evidence, checks for latent fingerprints, and collects and preserves any physical evidence present; serves as evidence custodian and transports evidence to crime lab
  • Maintains security of crime scenes; removes suspects from scene; interviews and interrogates witnesses and suspects to gather information regarding incidents; obtains statements; fingerprints suspects; follows up leads to cases; apprehends suspects and violators of the law
  • Investigates assigned cases: gathers information, assists with the determination of the point at which cases are ready for prosecution, and appears in local, state, and federal courts to provide testimony regarding cases investigated
  • Writes up narratives from information gathered from witnesses
  • Prepares a variety of records and reports, including supplemental investigation, background investigation, internal investigation, and statistical reports; maintains case files; reviews case files for potential leads and solvability factors
  • Provides case information to prosecutors, attorneys, other law enforcement officers, and outside agencies as requested
  • Performs internal investigations as required
  • Maintains contacts with community members who may be able to provide information regarding criminal activities; seeks and develops sources of information
  • Makes campus safety presentations to local school and civic groups and organizations
  • Testifies in and appears at judicial proceedings
  • Participates in department training programs
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Marginal Duties

  • May perform patrol duties such as answering calls, investigating traffic accidents, patrolling the university to deter crimes and traffic violations, handling domestic disputes, and other misdemeanor and felony calls
  • May be assigned to investigate financial, juvenile, vice, homicide, drug, auto theft, property, robbery, assault, gang-related, and other crimes

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • None

Delegation of Work:

  • N/A

Supervision Given:

  • N/A


Required Education:

  • High School diploma or GED required

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a patrol officer while not on probation
  • All Police Officer III requirements
  • Must obtain, at a minimum, a "Meets Expectations" rating on all Police Officer competencies at the annual performance appraisal for the preceding two (2) years
  • Must obtain at a minimum a "Meets Expectations" rating on all Police Officer competencies at the annual performance appraisal for the preceding four (4) years


  • TCOLE Intermediate Certificate
  • Texas drivers license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates Degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, criminal and traffic laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city.
  • Knowledge of criminal investigation methods and search
    • and
    • seizure laws.
  • Knowledge of current drug and gang trends.
  • Knowledge of the judicial process and criminal court procedures.
  • Knowledge of controlled substances and relevant laws and regulations


  • Skill in crime scene processing methods used to collect and preserve evidence for court admissibility
  • Skill in the use of photographic and surveillance equipment, audiovisual equipment, communications equipment, and various types of emergency equipment
  • Skill in operating a computer and standard office equipment
  • Skill in using firearms and self
    • defense techniques
  • Skill in observing and interpreting human behavior
  • Skill in interview and interrogation techniques
  • Skill in identifying and classifying drugs
  • Skill in gathering, processing, recording, and filing evidence
  • Skill in organizing and analyzing evidence
  • Skill in interpersonal relations
  • Skill in oral and written communication


  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Commission on Law Enforcement for the State of Texas. (TCOLE)

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, machinery with moving parts, and cold or inclement weather. The work may require the use of protective devices.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, run, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee may occasionally be required to physically subdue combative subjects and must maintain a level of physical ability accordingly. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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.


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


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

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Public Safety

  • Recognizes and immediately reacts to potential danger.
  • Uses sound judgment to protect co-workers, students, and citizens; enforce laws and ordinances; and diffuse threatening situations.
  • Complies with police rules and regulations.
  • Prepares clear and concise offense reports in a timely manner.

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.