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

The Senior Detective provides investigative expertise and oversight on a wide variety of criminal investigations for the University of Texas Police Department at Houston. The Senior Detective is 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 Senior Detective serves as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

As a team of teams focused on prevention, preparedness and protection, UT Police at Houston at supports an environment in which higher education, research, patient care and staff support can be pursued free of concerns for one's safety and individual wellness. As prevention oriented professionals, UT Police at Houston seeks exemplary and creative partnerships to promote a unified approach to risk identification and reduction. Our mission statement aligns with and safeguards the missions of the institutions we serve in support of the People We Serve and the People Who Serve.


Minimum: $81,600 Midpoint: $102,000 Maximum: $122,400



  • Serve as lead investigator on all major criminal matters and lengthy investigations

  • Demonstrate ability to effect forcible arrests of violators

  • 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 conduct investigations, surveillance, interviews, interrogations and crime scene processing;

  • Work effectively over a prolonged period of time

  • 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 and be responsible for case management

  • Performs 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.

  • Act as crime scene specialist; conduct crime scene searches, at which time he/she will 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 his/her duties.

  • Keep supervisor informed of activities and findings.

  • Provide dignitary protection and transportation services as required.



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, to include three years of lead/supervisory responsibility.

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

  • Requisition ID: 121681

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 81,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 102,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 122,400

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