Assistant Chief of Police

Summary of the Job:

The position of 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 improve performance
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies and procedures for the department and work units 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; provides various program and activity reports; prepares and presents 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:

  • Evaluates 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



  • 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



  • Interactions with others: Interacts extensively with employees, customers, vendors, regulatory bodies, and other Institutions over the telephone, by email, and/or in person
  • Customer Interactions: Always (More than 85% in a year)



  • 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
  • Experience and knowledge in the areas of event management, homeland security, risk management, emergency management, dignitary protection and building security



  • 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 20/40, both eyes
    • Color vision – ability to distinguish all colors, both eyes
    • Reading and writing
    • Communicating with others
    • Acute hearing required, both ears
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits:
    • Making sound decisions and using good judgment
    • Demonstrating intellectual capabilities
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs
    • Recommending effective policies and procedures
    • Communicating clearly
  • 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
    • Standing 15% of time
    • Sitting 60% of time
    • Running/Walking 25% of time
    • Lifting in excess of 50 pounds
    • 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


Primary Work Location:

  • 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 Conditions:

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.




Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Years of related training and experience, knowledge and skills, and past job performance may be substituted for a Baccalaureate degree.



Completed a minimum of ten (10) consecutive years of increasingly responsible broad based service as a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) licensed peace officer immediately prior to the start of the application/selection process, with seven (7) years of supervisory experience.


  • 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.
  • Experience as an accreditation manager.


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The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.