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Senior Detective, University Police

Law Enforcement/Security
144957 Requisition #
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The primary purpose of the Senior Detective position is to provide investigative expertise and oversight on a wide variety of criminal investigations. Responsible for conducting investigations while enforcing criminal laws and institutional regulations that promote the protection, safety and welfare of students, employees, patients, visitors and all property within the areas under the control and jurisdiction of the University of Texas System. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).




  • Lead investigator on all major criminal matters and lengthy investigations; ability to effect forcible arrests of violators; ability to communicate with witnesses and complainants in an effective manner; conducts skillful interviews/interrogations of suspects, prisoners, complainants and witnesses to obtain information beneficial to the investigation and the apprehension and conviction of offenders; prepares investigative and activity reports, maintains records and responds to correspondence. Conducts investigations in cooperation with federal, state, county and local agencies and such other cases and matters as may be assigned; maintains a close working relationship and liaison with department members and other law enforcement agencies. Conducts complex criminal investigations; interprets complex information; frequently makes decisions without consulting a supervisor; exercises extensive independent judgment and takes appropriate action with limited opportunity to evaluate alternatives; obtains and executes search and arrest warrants; as directed, supervises subordinates while they are conducting investigations, surveillances, interviews, interrogations and crime scene processing; ability to work effectively over a prolonged period of time; ability to maintain confidentiality of information and to restrict the use of such information.

Analysis and Audits

  • When instructed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, conducts undercover surveillance, investigations and internal investigations. Conducts audits of criminal cases and is responsible for case management; performs transfer officer duties for criminal cases to offices of various prosecutors. Develops sources of information; locates and interviews confidential informants; visits locations frequented by criminals to determine criminal habits, associates, characteristics, aliases and other relevant information; makes analysis of crime trends and patterns; possesses forensic and technical surveillance equipment expertise. Crime scene specialist; conducts crime scene searches, at which time he/she appropriately searches for, seizes and preserves evidence which is needed for the investigation of the crime and the apprehension and conviction of the offender; acts as custodian and technician of evidence.

Testimony and Adminitrative

  • Tasks Gives credible testimony in the criminal and civil courts of this state and The United States. Effectively testifies in grand juries, county, district and federal courts. Participates in public relations and crime prevention enhancement activities by attending civic club meetings, churches, schools and other places of public or university gathering and explaining the activities and functions of the police department and crime prevention methods. May conduct research on key topical areas and develop targeted presentations for departmental personnel. Trains and mentors investigators by providing training and instruction in the methods and techniques of criminal investigations; prepares administrative documentation necessary to the work function; provides training for departmental personnel and conducts crime prevention programs on campus; determines investigators’ training needs. Complies with all state and university policies. Maintains current knowledge of the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the department pertaining to assigned area of responsibility; remains current on job-specific procedures, laws, rules and regulations through professional development courses, meetings, research and job-related publications; demonstrates the skill to apply these specialized techniques in the course of his/her duties. Keeps supervisor informed of activities and findings. Provides dignitary protection and transportation services as required.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Other duties to include, but not limited to, emergency recall and/or may be required to remain onsite or work extended hours during man-made or natural disasters and unusual occurrences on campus. Local or long distance travel may be required for training or other business purposes occasionally.




Required: In accordance with current levels of education for commissioned police officers of the University of Texas System as adopted by the Board of Regents.



Required: Ten years experience as a commissioned peace officer, with six years as an investigator or detective, to include three years of lead/supervisory responsibility. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.



All of the following are required: Commissioned/licensed peace officer for the State of Texas within 180 days of entry into job. Valid Class C Texas driver's license.


Skills Assessment

Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.



It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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