Assistant Chief of Police, Converged Threat/Risk Protection & Investigations
During her 32 year law enforcement career, Vicki King served 27 years with the Houston Police Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. As chief of detectives, tactical support commander, and director of forensic services, she oversaw some of HPD’s highest profile cases, including serial homicides, corruption, domestic violence, sexual assaults and gangland slayings. After retiring from HPD, King served as an emissary to the Saudi Royal family, adjunct professor for the University of Houston System, and chief of police for the City of La Marque.
In 2015, King was recruited to head UT Police at Houston’s threat assessment and criminal investigations units. Under her leadership, the units have expanded their capabilities using a multidisciplinary approach for the identification and mitigation of risks and threats. King’s work has caught the attention of leading experts and the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, and King’s research and analysis of threat assessment instruments is breaking new ground and holds the promise of streamlining data collection for increased responsiveness. Successful interventions by the Threat Management Team include the interruption of one active shooter plan and the saving of five lives.
King earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown.