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Career Opportunities

Join the UHCL Police Department Team         

The University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).  We work hand in hand with our community partners to minimize the impact of crime on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the surrounding area.  We select only the best to work for our agency.  If that is you, join the team!

Hiring Process

The UHCL Police Department maintains a consistent and equitable hiring process designed to identify the most qualified candidates for hire. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Step 1: Job Posting - Position will be posted for a minimum of two weeks.  Applicant must apply online.

Step 2: Screening - Applicants are screened to ensure they meet minimum requirements as posted in the job description.  Applicants who do not meet minimum requirements will be advised at this stage of what requirements they are lacking. 

Step 3: Exam - If a written exam is required, candidates must pass all phases of the written exam with a minimum score of 70%. 

Step 4: Complete and Submit Personal History Statement - Police Department will send applicants a Personal History Statement packet to be completed within two weeks.  Applicants who do not submit their Personal History Statement will not proceed to the next step.

Step 5: First Interview - Upon receipt of the Personal History Statement, applicants will be schedule to meet with the Selection Committee.    

*Candidates applying for a supervisor position will also be required to complete and pass an assessment center.

Step 6: Background Investigation - Police Department conducts a background investigation.   

Step 7: Review of Background Investigation - The Chief of Police, or designee, will review the background with investigators and determine whether the applicant will move on to the next step. 

Step 8: Second Interview - Applicant meets with the Chief of Police or designee.

Step 9: Conditional Offer - Chief of Police or designee will decide whether to tender a conditional offer to selected applicant(s).  Human Resources will make the official conditional offer.  

          i.  If no conditions are required for the position, Steps 9 and 10 will be skipped. 

Step 10: Completing Conditions - Police Department Recruiter will contact the applicant and schedule the conditional requirements, if any.  

Step 11: Formal Offer - Human Resources will contact applicant to make formal offer and set official start date.  

Pay Scale

For information on the UHCL Police pay scale, please refer to the Police Pay Table found on the Human Resources Compensation page.

Police Officer

The University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department police officer duties include patrolling the campus and off campus university interests, responding to and investigating crime and suspicious activity, making arrests, investigating traffic accidents, traffic enforcement, and interacting with students and employees to help engage them in effective crime prevention techniques.

University of Houston-Clear Lake police officers need to be people and service oriented with a desire to be a part of a larger community. Willingness to train hard and develop the law enforcement and interpersonal skill sets is a must. Officers should be able to write good reports and have a grasp of the English language. Officers are expected to be an example to the rest of the community and serve as ambassadors for the university. 
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  • The University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department is proud to offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits.
  • State Retirement System ( 
  • Longevity / Hazardous Duty Pay
  • Certification Pay ($1,200 per year for each TCOLE certification level or educational degree - variable pay not cumulative)
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Fitness Pay
  • Health Care Insurance 100% paid for the employee, partially paid for employee dependents
  • All uniforms and equipment supplied, including firearms, TASER, ASP Baton, OC Spray, Body Armor and Duty Rig
  • In service training paid for by the department
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • All pre-employment screening paid for by the department
  • All academy related expenses paid for by the department

Police Officer Requirements:

  • Education: Must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an equivalency certificate with 12 semester hours of college credit (non-police academy college hours).  Applicants must have certification from an accredited basic police officer certification school within the past two years or a current Peace Officer License issued by TCOLE or be within 45 days of completion of a TCOLE recognized basic peace officer licensing course.
  • Age: At the time of appointment must be at least 21 years of age.
    United States Citizenship: At the time of appointment must be a United States Citizen.
  • Drug Use: Must meet established standards regarding controlled substances or illegal drugs.
  • Written Exam: If a written exam is required, candidates must pass all phases of the written exam with a minimum score of 70%.
  • Drivers License: At the time of appointment must possess a valid Texas driver's license.
  • Traffic Convictions: Must not have more than two moving traffic violation convictions or at fault accidents within the past 12 month period, or five within the past three years.  Overall driving record must be indicative of safe driving habits. 
  • Criminal Convictions:
    • Has never been nor currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years;
    • Is not currently under indictment for any criminal offense;
    • Has never been convicted of an offense above a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years;
    • Has never been convicted of any family violence offense;
    • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle; and
    • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
  • Military Service: If applicant has prior military, must have been honorably discharged.

Physical Ability: 

  • Must have normal hearing without mechanical devices;
  • Must have vision not over 20/200 uncorrected in either eye and vision may be correctable to 20/30 with correctives lenses;
  • Must have normal color vision without corrective lenses;
  • Must be able to pass a physicians physical and drug test.

Psychological Ability:

Must be examined by a licensed psychologist, selected by the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department, and declared in writing to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health to serve as a peace officer.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (Applicable only to individuals formerly or currently licensed by TCOLE)

  • Not have had a commission license denied by final order, revoked, currently on suspension for a criminal violation or have a voluntary surrender of license for each license currently in effect.
  • Not violate any commission rule or provision of Occupations Code, Chapter 1701
  • A candidate shall be rejected for employment if the candidate would be ineligible for licensing under current TOLE minimum eligibility standards.

Background Questionnaire:

Must complete a background questionnaire and pass a comprehensive background investigation.

Previous Background Investigations:

Must not have been rejected for failing any portion of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police background process within the last 12 month period previous to the date of application. 

Previous Public Service:

Must not have been dismissed from public service for good cause. 

Moral Character:

  • Must be of good moral character and be considered a person of good reputation and good standing in the community;
  • Must not be addicted to the habitual use of intoxicating beverages;
  • Must not currently use illegal drugs:
  • Must not have previously used illegal drugs or committed theft in violation of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department guidelines;
  • Must not make a false statement, whether written or oral, of a material fact, or cheat or practice any deception or fraud in connection with any portion of the testing, application, background investigation, hiring, or appointment process.


  • University Police

    Phone: 281-283-2222

    2700 Bay Area Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77058

    Office hours: