Chief Thomas Engells

Thomas Engells has served as the Chief of Police at The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department, an agency of more than 50 sworn law enforcement officers, since August 2010. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief of Police/Chief of Staff  at The University of Texas at Houston Police Department. He served at The University of Texas at Houston from 1983-2010. Chief Engells is an honors graduate of The University of Texas (BA) and was subsequently awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Homeland Defense and Security from The United States Naval Postgraduate School. Chief Engells is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the Texas Leadership and Command College, the Certified Public Managers Program and the Command and Staff College of the United States Marine Corps. He is active in local and regional police chiefs associations and participates in the development of security standards for the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). He has been an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1993 and a CALEA Team Leader since 1999. Chief Engells served in the United States Marine Corps as a company and field grade officer. His honors and awards include being selected as the inaugural recipient of The University of Texas System Police Pace Setter Award, 2012; The University of Texas Police Chief of the Year, 2011 and 2014; The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators –  Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year in 2006, and he served as the Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Chief Engells has been certified as a law enforcement planner by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) and has authored numerous articles and publications on topics including police leadership, ethics, and management, municipal-campus law enforcement partnerships, and issues of homeland security.

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