Hector A. Flores joined the United States Marines Corps in 1999, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He served in Iraq with Regimental Combat Team 7 during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After his enlistment, Mr. Flores served with the Mission Police Department on the Texas-Mexico border. He attained the rank of Corporal and served as a SWAT team-leader and patrol supervisor. He was also an instructor for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council’s Police Academy.
In 2010, Mr. Flores joined the University of Texas Police at UT Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. While at UTPA PD he promoted through the ranks, attaining the rank of lieutenant. There he served as the Patrol Unit Commander, Professional Standards Unit Sergeant, System Rapid Response Team squad-leader, and police training coordinator. Mr. Flores was the Interim Assistant Chief of Police prior to leaving the department, assisting with continuity of operations and assisting with UT RGV transitional efforts. While working at UT Pan American, Mr. Flores earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
Mr. Flores joined the Lamar University Police Department in 2014 and currently serves as the Chief of Police. He is responsible for establishing the Incident Command System at Lamar University and serving as the Deputy Incident Commander for emergency operations. Mr. Flores is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, Texas Police Chiefs’ Association, Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators, Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association, LIT Regional Police Academy Advisory Board, and Greater South Park Neighborhoods Partnership Committee. Mr. Flores earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Lamar in 2016, and is currently seeking acceptance into the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at Lamar University.
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