UT Arlington Police Chief Robert
Hayes, who has led the University’s fully accredited campus police department
since 2001, has announced plans to retire this spring.
Chief Hayes has directed a staff
of 138, including 38 sworn officers, and managed a budget of more than $5
million. After a distinguished, 45-year law enforcement career, Hayes will
retire effective March 31, 2013.
A search for his successor will
Under Hayes’s leadership, the
department achieved accreditation in 2006 through the International Association
of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Commission on Accreditation of
Law Enforcement Agencies and maintained that status.
“Chief Hayes has elevated the UT
Arlington Police Department to new levels of professionalism and excellence and
has earned the respect of law enforcement colleagues across the nation,” said
John Hall, the University’s vice president for administration and campus
operations. “We all have benefited from his commitment to ensuring a safe
campus environment and providing professional development opportunities to his
J. Heidingsfield, director of police for The University of Texas System, said Chief
Hayes’s service is distinguished by “grace and dignity that we would all do
well to emulate.”
“If you know Bob Hayes, as I am
privileged to know him, there is never a hint of doubt that this is a true
professional who has freely given his life to public service and the mentoring
of two generations of police officers,” Heidingsfield said. “Law enforcement in
Texas and the state’s police community are better for the time that Chief Hayes
gave to community service and public safety.”
An Air Force veteran, Hayes began his law enforcement
career July 4, 1967, as a patrol officer in Beaumont, where he rose to the rank
of deputy police chief. He later served as chief of the DeSoto Police
Department; of the Del City, Oklahoma Police Department; and of the Houston
Community College System Police Department.
Hayes earned his undergraduate degree in government from
Lamar University and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from
Sam Houston State University. Chief Hayes also completed the Law Enforcement Executive Program at the University of Colorado,
Denver and is a graduate of the FBI. National Academy at Quantico, Va.
Hayes said he
will leave a UT Arlington police department that pledges to uphold the highest
professional law enforcement standards and is committed to emergency
professional achievement was when our department attained accreditation – it
ensures that you are doing the things you ought to be doing,” Hayes said. “I
appreciate the opportunity I have had to mentor our command staff and all our
supervisors and to provide training to our entire team.”
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.