The death of a campus police officer at Texas Tech Monday made it truly a sad day for all Texas universities. See story here.
It is the kind of tragedy that could happen anywhere, and one that should make us all grateful for our own LeTourneau University Police Department (UPD).
Over the past few years, we have moved from a campus security department to a fully staffed LeTourneau University Police Department with an armed, state-licensed peace officer on duty 24/7/365, even on holidays and breaks.
Our two full-time and seven part-time peace officers are assisted by a host of student guards who support them as additional eyes and ears on campus and who are trained to assist in patrolling campus and fulfilling other duties like locking and unlocking buildings, issuing warnings and citations.
All of our officers and guards take pride in providing safety to our campus community, and all are under the leadership of Chief of Police Michael Schultz.
The Longview Centurion Club earlier this year honored two members of our LETU police department at their 26th annual Giants of Law Enforcement Banquet. Cliff Ingersoll was named LeTourneau University Police Department Officer of the Year and student guard Olivia Stine was named the LeTourneau University Police Department Civilian of the Year.
Cliff, a full-time officer, serves as executive officer for the department and Olivia serves as customer service representative and lead student guard and trainer. Both display the highest levels of service, professionalism, and integrity to our campus community and this department.
Chief Schultz led chapel recently and talked to students about personal safety, putting out a call for students who may be interested in replacing several of the guards who will soon be graduating.
The Texas Tech tragedy challenged me to pray for our campus police. While LETU is blessed with a safe campus, we ask our LETU police to be ready for any emergency. I want to encourage us all to be praying constantly for our officers and guards, and to thank them for their service.
Our officers are: Chief Michael Schultz, Cliff Ingersoll, Kevin Blakeley, Danny Brasher, Delora Coles, Missidime Davis, Greg Mandreger, Steve Newton, and Juan Roberson. Our guards are Karl Almquist, Samuel Bean, Dillon Hartsfield, Keni Legesse, Brad Martin, Olivia Stine and Paul Stine. Will you lift them up in prayer today?
|PIctured, from left, standing beside the LETU's newest police cruiser are LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford, executive officer Cliff Ingersoll and LETU Police Chief Michael Schultz.|