Campus Safety 2012 Director of the Year Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the finalists of this year’s award’s program.

Larry Ellerman, Chief of Police, University of Louisiana at Monroe

  • Moved his department to a 14,000 square foot facility, achieving savings by partnering with local law enforcement and utilizing prisoner labor
  • Dispatch center now monitors more than 850 security cameras and 15 call box stations
  • Instrumental in the school receiving a $3.4 million Doppler radar grant from FEMA so all of Northeast Louisiana can receive enhanced severe weather warnings

View Ellerman’s photo gallery.

Kevin Graham, Director of Campus Security, Florida Institute of Technology

  • Worked with the Secret Service and other local authorities to ensure the security of President Barack Obama, Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and many other political figures
  • Implemented a blue light emergency phone system on campus, coordinating the installation of 80 units across campus
  • Performed a “budget scrub” that identified vendor overcharges, which helped to pay for six new security golf carts

View Graham’s photo gallery.

Michael Heidingsfield, Director of Police, University of Texas System Police

  • In a little over a year, revised 35 critical policies, including those related to pursuits, weapons, authority and jurisdiction, use of force, code of conduct, racial profiling, training and promotions
  • Worked so now an inspector is a regular participant in the Texas Fusion Center and another being assigned general intelligence duties
  • Redesigned officers’ uniforms and patches so they wouldn’t be confused with private security personnel

View Heidingsfield’s photo gallery.

Regina Lawson, Chief of Police, Wake Forest University

  • Helped to substantially improve relations between the university and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Created or expanded the school’s community policing initiative, crisis management team, campus assessment response and evaluation team, victim assistance program and more
  • Department was one of the first to complete the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators accreditation program

View Lawson’s photo gallery.

Patrick Linfante, Director of Public Safety, Seton Hall University

  • Seton Hall University was one of the first schools to install sprinklers in all residence halls; university also upgraded its fire alarm system
  • Instituted bicycle patrols and implemented the community policing models, resulting in decreased response times and increased respect by campus community
  • Implemented crime prevention programs, which led to the reduction of burglaries from 89 in 2001 to five in 2011

View Linfante’s photo gallery.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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