The University of Texas System Office of the Director of Police | 210 West 7th Street | Austin, Texas 78701
Main Phone: 512-499-4680 | Academy Phone: 512-263-2448
A nationwide search is underway for Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police at UT Austin-UT Austin Recruitment Brochure
Additional information about the search can be found on the University of Texas at Austin Financial and Administrative Services page as well as the UTPD Site.
UT San Antonio Dept. of Public Safety is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Chief of Police. The position will remain open through midnight on February 4, 2023. Please visit here to apply Assistant Chief of Police and click search option under External Applicants.
Michael J. Heidingsfield
"Director Heidingsfield on a fundamental obligation of the University of Texas System Police: that as an organization collectively and as professionals individually, we consistently strive for excellence, pursue every opportunity to be better at what we do, and never, ever violate the public trust."
Michael J. Heidingsfield Biography.
Mileposts of the UTSP can now be found at the History link to the left.
Letters by Director Heidingsfield, Chancellor McRaven and Ben Reyna are now available at the Letters link to the left.
An Open Letter to the University of Texas System Police Family from Director of Police Michael Heidingsfield
The University of Texas System Office of the Director of Police (ODOP) is charged with the responsibility of protecting the life and property of individuals who comprise the student body, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas System community. The Director of Police is charged with the responsibility for oversight of law enforcement and security for The University of Texas System, the largest public university system in North America, by UT System Policy 170.
- to oversee and guide the delivery of police services to the University of Texas community, its 13 institutions across the State of Texas and 300,000+ students, faculty and staff
- to train, develop and mentor the finest university law enforcement officers in the United States
- to set the national standard for law enforcement at America’s educational institutions
- to always respect the principal purpose for a university: to educate our young people in a safe and secure environment
- to identify emerging trends in crime patterns, criminal behavior, domestic terrorism and transnational terrorism and respond accordingly
- to continually develop and sustain the capacity to operate in every location as a full-service law enforcement agency
- to rely on the standards of national and state law enforcement accreditation, model policies and evidence-based best practices as we develop policing strategies
- to set the expectation that our statutory obligations as peace officers shall be fulfilled and executed
- to demonstrate that we are the exclusive law enforcement agency of the University of Texas System and that we are both confident and proud of our ability to protect our community from harm and ensure the public safety
- to support the institution police departments with rapidly deployable special assets, advisors and resources
- to continually advance the science and delivery of police training and education
- to provide advice, counsel and guidance to institution police chiefs and their staffs
- to foster the fullest cooperation, communication and coordination between the Director of Police, the ODOP staff, the institution chiefs and their police agencies
- to continually improve the quality of candidates chosen for selection as police officers through the requirement of the highest caliber of personal and professional qualifications
- to ensure that as a profession we embrace the highest standards of ethical behavior, principled decision-making and professional conduct
RUN. HIDE. FIGHT - Surviving an Active Shooter Event
Be Informed, be prepared, recognize signs of potential violence
For more information https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter
University Police Departments
UT Arlington - C & I
UT San Antonio - C & I
Health Institution Police Departments
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - I & T
UT Medical Branch at Galveston - C
UT Health Science Center at Houston - C, I & T
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio - I
UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - C, I & T
Institution Police Departments indicated with C, I, and/or T are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA), the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and/or the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA)
Texas System Police Association
UTSP 2015 and Beyond
Dr. Randa Safady, Vice Chancellor for External Relations
Charles Palafox, Video Production Manager
Katherine Checkley, Script Advisor
Mehran Poursmaelli, Photographer
Assistant Director of Police Ruben Puente, Production Advisor
Police Personnel as of January 2021:
An Introduction to the Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault from Director Michael Heidingsfield
The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault
Noël Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA; Principal Investigator
Caitlin Sulley, LMSW; Blueprint Project Director
Kathleen Hill, LMSW; Director of Research Operations
Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
School of Social Work The University of Texas at Austin