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Officer Ana Alvarez

Cadets & Officers

Providing safety by car, bike or foot, UTPD officers function as the tactical operations division for the department. Their primary responsibility is to be on constant patrol of the campus, preventing crime, preserving peace, and protecting life and property by enforcing Texas state laws and UT System rules and regulations. They are our most publicly visible representatives of the department.


Public Safety Officers

Public Safety Officers are the eyes and ears of the department. They do not carry weapons and have no police arrest authority, but their observation skills and subsequent reports of suspicious activity often lead to the apprehension of violators. Daily responsibilities include the patrol of the campus parking lots, staffing of several fixed posts, prevention of theft and damage to university and personal property, and responding to door alarms. Guards are also highly visible and have frequent interactions with assisting the public, from assisting tour groups to providing directions and information to members of and visitors to the UT campus.


Communication Operators

Communication operators are the vital link between the public and police officers. Their ability to coordinate, direct and record police activities ensures prompt officer response in emergency and routine situations.


The UTPD is proud to offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits.

  • Staff Educational Benefit — covers the cost of tuition and fees for three undergraduate or graduate hours
  • Overtime pay paid for hours in excess of 40/week
  • Equipment and uniforms provided
  • Teacher’s Retirement System
  • Paid holidays, see the Holiday schedule from HRS
  • Paid vacation starting at 12 days per year
  • Sick leave 8 hours/month, unlimited accrual
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Automatic Health Insurance Package (includes UT Medical Plan, prescription drug coverage, life insurance, hospitalization insurance, and accident insurance)

How to start the application process:

Complete and submit a resume-based application by visiting The University of Texas at Austin Human Resources.

Qualified applicants will be required to pass a variety of entrance and qualification examinations, including a Physical Fitness Test. Applicants will then complete an in-depth personal history application, and undergo a background investigation, interviews, and related examinations. The application process takes approximately 4-6 months.

When hired, police cadets attend the University of Texas System Police Academy. Upon completion of the Academy the officer must pass a State Licensing Exam. All officers undergo an extensive Field Training Program to prepare for their duties as a new officer.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation.