Real Talk with CJ: Rice University Police Chief William F. Taylor

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 5, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

For Bill Taylor, a police officer is like a paladin, a knight sent out to protect citizens against those that would harm them.

Taylor is Police Chief and Director of Public Safety for Rice University, a sprawling 300 acre campus located in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. Taylor has spent his career protecting college campuses, including Arizona State University in Tempe and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Chief Taylor"Campus or university policing requires officers that are a little more cognizant, that can think things through and can relate better to a more diverse community," said Taylor. "They have to be able to deal with students, faculty and staff. One moment, we have Nobel Laureates here and Heads of State that come to the Baker Institute. The next moment, we might have to deal with a transient across the street. They have to be more astute and change gears at the drop of a hat."

Taylor is the featured speaker for Real Talk Tuesday on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the CJava Cafe. He will share his experiences in university policing and discuss how to build a career path in law enforcement. Taylor will outline the qualities that make a good law enforcement officer, particularly one that works on a campus. He also will examine the similarities and difference between campus and municipal police.

Taylor leads a department of more than 60 at Rice University, which includes a force of 30 licensed and commissioned police officers, security guards, dispatchers, parking enforcement, access control, locksmiths and support personnel. In addition to providing regular patrol in vehicles and golf carts and on bicycles, every officer on the Rice University Police Department is trained in crime prevention.

Among the services offered to students, faculty and staff are personal safety training to prevent such crimes as rape, robbery, ATM robberies and carjackings; security survey to identify vulnerable areas in buildings; Operation Identification to deter theft; asset protection to manage security for department property and facilities and specialized programs to help specific department avoid robbery, office theft and bomb threats.

All mandated training for the department is offered in-house and includes such elements as dignitary protection, active shooter intervention, and crisis intervention.

Taylor began his career in law enforcement at Arizona State University in 1972, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Taylor also served as the Chief of Police at the Arizona State Capital and on the staff of the Arizona Law Enforcement Officer Advisory Council. Taylor also served as Chief of Police at Washington University in St. Louis.

Taylor is currently the Southwest Region Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). He served as a Commissioner on the agency’s Accreditation Commission, Chair of the Government Relations Committee, and was the Board Liaison to the Security Technologies Committee. He is currently the Board Liaison to the Membership Development and Retention Committee.

Taylor is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the past General Chair of the University and College Police Section of that organization. He served as a member of the organization’s Legislative Committee and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee.

Taylor is a Past President of the Southeast Texas Law Enforcement Administrators Association (STLEAA) and a Past President of the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators, where he served as Chair of the Government Relations Committee and represented the group on the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Executive Board.

He also was the TPCA Liaison to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas and serves as a member of the its Legislative Committee and Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Liaison Committee.

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