Staff Spotlight – Ceaser Moore
of Houston Police Chief Ceaser Moore vividly remembers the day
he spotted a pickup truck weaving through traffic on U.S. 59.
At the time, Moore was a sergeant with the Houston Police
Department. He pulled the truck over, not sure what to expect.
That’s when he encountered a frazzled couple speaking only
Spanish and realized this wasn’t going to be a routine traffic
“It took me a few moments to figure out what they were trying to
tell me. What they were saying was the wife was in labor and
about to give birth to a baby,” Moore said.
He ran around to the passenger side, opened the door and less
than a minute later the baby was born.
“Nothing can really prepare you for the moment when you are
having to deliver a baby on the side of the freeway,” he said.
In the end, baby and mom were taken to a nearby hospital and the
story had a happy ending.
That incident is just one of many stories Moore can tell from
his career with HPD, which lasted 27 ˝ years until he was hired
by the University of Houston last February to be its next police
When Moore started his career with HPD, his patrol area included
the area in and around the University of Houston campus.
“This was my beat the entire time I was a patrol officer,” he
A lot has changed at UH since Moore started his law-enforcement
career in the mid-1980s. There are more new buildings, and Spur
5 didn’t exist back then.
He worked his way up the ladder at HPD, eventually becoming a
captain, a position he held for eight years until he came to UH.
His selection as the UH police chief stands out to him as the
highlight of his career.
“The university did a search nationwide and out of all the
people who applied and had an opportunity, they chose me. To
entrust the entire police organization to me was a very
significant moment,” he said.
The decision to accept the job was an easy one for him to make.
“My career has been a great career. However, when the
opportunity for UH came, it just seemed like a natural fit. I am
a UH product – I went to UH-Downtown for my undergraduate
degree,” he said.
He and his wife were married in nearby Wheeler Avenue Baptist
Church, his father graduated from UH in the early 1970s, and his
daughter graduated from here over four years ago.
Moore grew up in Houston and is a graduate of the High School
for the Performing Arts. Not long after high school, he started
collecting watches, a hobby that continues to this day.
“I don’t know what made me start doing it, but I had a couple of
nice watches and I liked them,” he said.
He also owns a collection of Mercedes cars, the centerpiece
being a 1966 model.
“I like the simplicity of older cars, versus cars now,” he said.
As chief, he oversees 50 police officers, 70 security officers
and another 14 people who work in parking enforcement. Besides
the main campus, he supervises the campuses in Victoria, Sugar
Land, Cinco Ranch, Pearland and Downtown.
Going from HPD to a university setting was not that big of a
transition, he said.
“The names may change, but the principles are the same. The
difference would be, I know everybody who works for me here,
while at HPD, there were so many officers and employees that I
couldn’t possibly know everybody,” he said.