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Police Officer I at University of Houston - Downtown

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Houston, Texas

Job Description:

Job Offer is contingent on applicant passing Law Enforcement Validated Entry Level Test, comprehensive Police background investigation, obtaining approved L3 & L2 evaluations, passing a polygraph.

The Police Officer I performs a variety of duties in support of the Police Department’s stated Mission to support the educational programs of the University by providing a safe environment, preserving the peace, preventing and detecting crime, enforcing the law, and protecting the rights of all citizens. 

Police Officer I must meet all the requirements for an entry level Police Officer, be licensed as a Police Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).



  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, especially other members of the department

  • Patrols assigned areas to protect persons and property

  • Prevents and detects crimes

  • Makes arrests, collects evidence and prepares reports

  • Enforces local, state, and federal laws and enforces University policy

  • Conducts preliminary and follow-up police investigations

  • Performs building checks with extensive foot patrol, indoors and out

  • Provides for the safe and convenient flow of traffic and pedestrians within the University area

  • Conducts non-police community services, and provides information and/or assistance to the public

  • Testifies in court, as needed

  • Performs a wide range of other law enforcement activities as directed


  • Checks and reports on deficient signs, road surfaces, lighting or other facility deficiencies within the University area

  • Performs other related tasks as necessary


Direct Reports: None

Delegation of Work: N/A

Supervision Given: N/A



  • Mission, vision and core values of the University of Houston-Downtown Police Department

  • Principles, practices and methods of modern law enforcement, traffic control and patrol services

  • Methods and techniques of report preparation

  • Federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and University policies

  • Human behavior and motivation

  • Street layout and geographic area around the University



  • Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

  • Analyzes situations quickly and objectively, and takes proper courses of action

  • Prepares clear and concise reports

  • Conducts investigations of criminal activities

  • Maintains physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities:

  • Stands, sits or runs/walks for extended periods of time in a wide range of areas from stairways in buildings to outdoor undeveloped areas

  • Standing 45% of time

  • Sitting 10% of time

  • Runs/Walks 45% of time

  • Lifting in excess of 50 pounds

  • Carries, drags or restrains individuals from 50 to 300 pounds

  • Performs peace officer responsibilities such as effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals and operating assigned equipment

  • Maintains effective audio-visual perception:

  • Makes observations

  • Vision corrected to 20/40 

  • Color vision – distinguishes all colors

  • Reads and writes

  • Communicates with others

  • Acute hearing required

  • Exercises discretion

  • Effectively handles a work environment and conditions:

  • Working closely with others

  • Works irregular hours that includes evening, nights, weekends and holidays

  • Works overtime with short or no notice

  • Maintains composure under emergency situations

  • Safely operates a variety of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents and motorized vehicles

  • Adapts to changing technologies, practices and situations

  • Interacts with students and adults from diverse social and economic backgrounds


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.

Physical Demands:

A. Environmental Conditions

Environment consists of indoor and outdoor conditions, some may be extreme; 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.

B. Physical Conditions

Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, running or walking for prolonged periods of time; adequate speech, hearing, and eyesight required; 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; adequate speech, hearing and eyesight required; carry, push, pull, drag or hold medium to heavy weight objects; visual acuity and ability to distinguish color.


Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.

  • Must successfully complete all phases of the departmental selection process including the Field Training Officer program

Required Experience: None Required


  • Valid Texas driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • Appropriate certification as a peace officer in the State of Texas

  • Possess License as a Police Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)