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Security Officers Start New Careers as Commissioned Police Officers
Arris Hodge Jr. has his badge pinned by his wife during a June 23 ceremony.
Houston, July 17, 2014 — Arris Hodge Jr. and James Moore have traded in their old security officer uniforms and badges for new police officer uniforms and badges.
After completing the police academy training and passing all other requirements associated with becoming a police officer, University of Houston Police Chief Ceaser Moore swore in the two at the UH Police Department. Their official badge pinning ceremony was held at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library on June 23, along with other important recognitions within the department.
Hodge was born in New York. His mother was a computer programmer and his father was a police lieutenant. He moved to Texas in 2010 and was hired as a parking enforcement assistant at UH. In 2011, he was promoted to parking enforcement supervisor. With the reorganization of the UH Department of Public Safety, he became an acting security supervisor.
Shortly afterward, he was accepted into the UHPD Cadet Program. He graduated in May and was officially commissioned on June 11.
Moore was born in Mississippi. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring a criminal justice. After working in the bail bond industry, he moved to Texas and was hired as a security officer at UH in 2012.
James Moore, right, shakes hands with Police Chief Caeser Moore.
Shortly after joining the department, he decided to pursue a law enforcement career. He attended classes at the UHD Criminal Justice Center while continuing to work as a security officer. He graduated at the top of his class in March and was officially commissioned on June 11 as a UH police officer.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.