Spotlight on Excellence

Rhonda Robertson, M.A. in Criminal Justice

Retired Interim Chief of Police, Fort Worth Police Department

“A master’s degree undeniably sets you apart from the crowd in the highly competitive law enforcement field”

Since joining the Fort Worth Police Department in 1985, Rhonda Robertson rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy chief, then assistant chief, and in January 2015, Interim Chief of Police. Chief Robertson has several years of experience commanding operations in Patrol, Internal Affairs, and Criminal Investigation Division.

As the Assistant Chief, she oversaw the Support Bureau, which included Tactical Command, Investigative and Support Command, and Communications. She is also a graduate of the 210th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Robertson earned a Master of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA Fort Worth. Chief Robertson said, “A master’s degree undeniably sets you apart from the crowd in the highly competitive law enforcement field. The Criminology and Criminal Justice Master’s program at UTA provides a dynamic learning environment where you can improve critical thinking skills, develop leadership techniques, and enhance your professional reputation.” Chief Robertson concluded her interim position in October 2015, as new Chief of Police, Joel Fitzgerald was officially hired.

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A master’s degree undeniably sets you apart from the crowd in the highly competitive law enforcement field

Rhonda Robertson, M.A. in Criminal Justice

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