MD Anderson Cancer Center Detective, University Police in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Detective position is to provide investigative expertise and oversight on a wide variety of criminal, threat and administrative 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.

The University of Texas Police at Houston at carries out responsibilities in the context of a systems approach to threat, risk, harm and resilience. This unified approach focuses on prevention, preparedness and protection measures to reduce harm from both visible and invisible threats. Our thoughtful, proactive approach optimizes institutional resilience with the least disruption of service to our institutions.


Minimum: $68,400 Midpoint: $85,500 Maximum: $102,600



  • Lead investigator on all major criminal, threat and administrative matters and investigations

  • Ability to effect forcible arrests of violators

  • Ability to communicate with witnesses and complainants in an effective manner

  • Conduct skillful interviews/interrogations of suspects, prisoners, complainants and witnesses to obtain information beneficial to the investigation and the apprehension and conviction of offenders

  • Prepare investigative and activity reports, maintain records and respond to correspondence.

  • Conduct investigations in cooperation with federal, state, county and local agencies and such other cases and matters as may be assigned; maintain a close working relationship and liaison with department members and other law enforcement agencies.

  • Conduct complex criminal investigations; interpret complex information; frequently make decisions without consulting a supervisor; exercise extensive independent judgment and take appropriate action with limited opportunity to evaluate alternatives

  • Obtain and execute search and arrest warrants

  • As directed, supervise 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, conduct undercover surveillance, investigations and internal investigations.

  • Conduct audits of criminal cases.

  • Responsible for case management

  • Perform transfer officer duties for criminal cases to offices of various prosecutors.

  • Develop sources of information; locate and interview confidential informants

  • Visit locations frequented by criminals to determine criminal habits, associates, characteristics, aliases and other relevant information

  • Make analysis of crime trends and patterns

  • Possess forensic and technical surveillance equipment expertise.

  • Crime scene specialist; conduct crime scene searches; appropriately search for, seize and preserve evidence which is needed for the investigation of the crime and the apprehension and conviction of the offender

  • Act as custodian and technician of evidence.

Testimony and Administrative Tasks

  • Give credible testimony in the criminal and civil courts of this state and The United States. Effectively testify in grand juries, county, district and federal courts.

  • Participate 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.

  • Train and mentor investigators by providing training and instruction in the methods and techniques of criminal investigations

  • Prepare administrative documentation necessary to the work function

  • Provide training for departmental personnel and conduct crime prevention programs on campus; determine investigators' training needs.

  • Comply with all state and university policies. Maintain current knowledge of the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the department pertaining to assigned area of responsibility

  • Remain current on job-specific procedures, laws, rules and regulations through professional development courses, meetings, research and job-related publications

  • Demonstrate the skill to apply these specialized techniques in the course of duties.

  • Keep supervisor informed of activities and findings.

  • Provide dignitary protection and transportation services as required.

Other Duties as Assigned

Other duties include, but are 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 of experience as a commissioned peace officer, with six years as an investigator or detective.


All of the following are required:

  • Commission/licensed peace officer for the State of Texas.

  • Valid Class C Texas driver's license.

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.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,400

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 85,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 102,600

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