Caldwell appointed to lead police department
01.09.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – Bruce Caldwell has been named Chief of Police at San Jacinto College, bringing with him more than 30 years of law enforcement and public safety experience.
Caldwell, who has served as the interim chief of police at San Jacinto College since December 2015, will oversee a San Jacinto College police force of 44 full-time officers that monitor all four San Jacinto College campuses, 10 extension centers and the College administration office. He will also oversee the College’s emergency management department and provide leadership for campus safety, crime prevention, parking and traffic control. Caldwell is the ninth police chief in the history of the department.
“I am honored to be appointed as the Chief of the San Jacinto College police department,” said Caldwell, who officially assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2017. “I am excited to continue working with the College administration and the command staff of the police department to provide quality police services to the San Jacinto College community.”
Caldwell has been with the San Jacinto College police department since April 2013, when he began as a police lieutenant. In that role he managed investigations, assisted with crime prevention and training programs, and oversaw the dispatch staff and other personnel. He was also responsible for data collection and analysis, policy revision, budget management and planning, and handled citizen complaints.
“Chief Caldwell has demonstrated quality leadership abilities over the last year,” said Mr. Chet Lewis, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs. “I know that he will be successful moving forward in his role as chief of police for our College.”
Prior to joining the San Jacinto College police force, Caldwell served 25 years with the Sugar Land Police Department. He began with that department in 1988 as a police officer and worked his way up to police lieutenant. His duties throughout his time with the Sugar Land PD ranged from patrol officer and evidence handling and submission, to police detective and sergeant managing officer schedules and conducing in-depth criminal investigations before moving into the lieutenant role. During his time with the Sugar Land PD Caldwell was named a distinguished employee.
Caldwell’s experience also includes work as a deputy constable with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, Houston Community College and Houston Independent School District. He holds numerous TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, now TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement)) certifications, including Master Peace Officer, Crime Prevention Inspector and Instructor.
Caldwell’s education includes Basic Peace Officer Certification from the University of Houston – Downtown, Leadership Command College graduate from Sam Houston State University, FBI National Academy Session #242 graduate from the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Development from Pennsylvania State University.
The San Jacinto College police department serves students, faculty, staff and guests seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Learn more about the San Jacinto College police department.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.