Hours of Operation and Shift Assignments

This information is subject to change with little or no notice. Every reasonable attempt will be made to ensure this data is accurate and up-to-date.

Q: What shift are new officers assigned to?

A: New officers are assigned to a training officer for the duration of their training period, and are usually temporarily assigned to the same shift as their trainer.

After new officers complete their training, their shift assignments will depend upon the needs of the UT Southwestern Medical Center Police Department. A new officer may be assigned to any shift. The officer’s regular days off may be assigned to any day(s) throughout the week.

Q: What are the shift hours?

A: Shift times, which overlap, are:

  • Day: 6:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
  • Evening: 2:4511:15 p.m.
  • Night: 10:45 p.m.7:15 a.m.

Q: Do officers work rotating shifts?

A: No. An officers stays on a specific shift unless there is a legitimate need to move to another shift. Shift assignments depend upon Department needs. 

Q: Are there opportunities to work overtime assignments?

A: Yes, but availability varies.

Q: Will the Department accommodate schedules of personnel attending college or with other needs?

A: The Department encourages personnel to pursue higher education but we cannot guarantee anyone that they’ll be assigned to a certain shift with certain days off for an indefinite period of time due to the general duties and expectations of our profession. The Department makes a reasonable effort to work with any personnel on a case-by-case basis. We recognize that personnel often expend a significant amount of time, effort, and expense to pursue their educational goals. 

Personnel pursuing higher education or personnel who have other special scheduling needs are subject to working overtime or other types of assignments depending upon Department needs. Individuals should carefully consider these issues before pursuing a position with the Department.