Major Assignment 1

UTA Campus Police adding new cadets to rank this semester

By Lindsay Joyce
Staff Writer

The UTA Campus Police Department plans to add more officers to its rank this semester. Photo courtesy of www.uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington Campus Police Department plan to extend their rank this semester by accepting applications.

The Arlington branch of the University of Texas Police Department want to expand their 130 employees. New cadets will undergo a training course at The Citizen Police Academy on the Northwest Tarrant County College campus. The course is eight weeks long and includes a battery of test such as written exam, a physical fitness exam, an extensive background check, and an interview with a hiring panel, UTA Police Capt., Jay Tillerson said.

“The people are my favorite thing about working for the UTA Police Department. The faculty, staff and students that I have come to know make it a family here. I would recommend this job to others,” Tillerson said.

The UTA Police have a detective department, a crime prevention department and can make the same jurisdiction calls as a state trooper. Also, the police department handles security escorts, vehicle jump-starts, vehicle unlocks, and they assist with campus parking, Jonathan King, Sgt. of Administration, said.

“This job is exciting because there is a new experience every day. It is not your routine job. We are paid to wait for a call and you never know what the day will hold,” King said.

According to UT Arlington’s website, the nationally accredited police department has 40 commissioned police officers and 45 public safety officers. The UTA police department maintains a working relationship with the City of Arlington police department, as well as all local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Assistant Chief at UTA, Ricardo Gomez, was a licensed police officer with 21 years of experience before coming to UTA. He had to go through the same interview process as other candidates to be selected.

“The UTA Police Department has been one of many relationships I have established throughout the years. The relationships I have developed have helped me to establish partnerships that have led to the mutual goal of making sure we are doing everything we can for the safety and security of our campus community,” Gomez said.

A new member to the police team would begin in the public safety divison to learn the campus layout. After, becoming familiar with the campus rules and regulations the new team member could move to administration or become a police officer.

The Citizen Police Academy meets once a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for eight weeks. There are many divisons for officers after receiving training, such as, bike patrol, criminal investigations, and field training programs. Also, training will help cadets better understand campus police operations which includes ride-along with officers, hands on demonstrations, and the opportunity to investigate a mock crime scene.

The minimum requirements to become a valid candidate are

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 21 years of age
  • valid driver’s license
  • high school diploma or GED.

 

The average salary can range from $40,000 to $56,000 per year. The salary can increase with more training and experience.

For more information on becoming a member of the UTA Police Department, email policerecruiter@uta.edu or fill out an application to become a cadet. Applications due by April 22.