University Police Officers are licensed Peace Officers as defined under the laws of the State of Texas and thereby have the authority as peace officers. Their primary jurisdiction, under H.B.391, includes all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of Sam Houston State University.
Applicants for the position of Police Officer are required to have two (2) years of college (60 hours of college credit) and completed a basic police training as required by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. No experience required. Or a combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities.
University Police Officers patrol assigned areas of the campus either on foot, automobile, or bicycle. They advise, provide directions, and give information to the general public. Officers respond to and handle emergency calls involving a wide variety of situations. They also enforce state laws, and city or county ordinances where applicable. Police Officers make arrests with and without warrants. They investigate complaints from students, faculty, staff, and make preliminary investigations of crimes. Also, officers complete necessary reports and records about incidents reported. As part of their regular duties they may also be called upon to collect, preserve, maintain chain of custody of evidence, testify in courts and perform periodic inspections and/or review work quality and new techniques. Officers can be asked to perform other related duties as assigned. For more information please contact Chief Kevin Morris
Student Assistant Positions
The primary function of Parking Control Personnel is to enforce the parking rules and regulations. Other duties include reporting suspicious activity in parking lots; providing general campus directions to visitors; providing security in parking lots; and assisting with designated events.
The primary purpose of Foot Patrol members is to provide visibility, security, and safety upon the campus and to advise the University Police of any information concerning activity taking place on the campus. Other duties include escorting students on the main inner campus; reporting suspicious activity within the main inner campus; providing general campus directions to visitors; reporting of defective light fixtures within main inner campus; and, other related assignments requested by the department.
The University Police Department staffs the Dispatch Office 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. The responsibilities of the Telecommunications Operators include acting as the link between the public and the Police; accurately relaying information; answering calls for service via radio, telephone, emergency lines, alarm panels, and through person to person contact; providing general campus directions and information to visitors; checking in and out equipment to Parking Control, and Foot Patrol; as well as summoning emergency maintenance, fire and ambulance services; making inquires into the Texas and National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS and NLETS) and the University Police Department's Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. For more information contact Sandra Owens.