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Thomas E. Engells

Chief of Police



Chief Engells is a Texas Master Peace Officer with a Bachelor degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin; a Masters in Criminal Justice Management from the Sam Houston State University; and a Masters in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School.

With extensive experience in policing, he served at all ranks at The University of Texas at Houston from 1983-2010 and was the Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Staff from 2005-2010.  He is both an assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and a facilitator and assessor for the Texas Police Best Practices Recognition Program.

His primary responsibilities as the Chief of Police include the delivery of comprehensive police and progressive security services to this academic health center and the national laboratory. He is a licensed Certified Protection Professional by American Society of Industrial Security and is a Certified Public Manager.