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Selected Public Safety Officers Begin Carrying Arms; Four Officers Receive Promotions


Posted 08/25/2014
Submitted by Barbara Steinberger
Category: Campus Announcements

Elijah Waldo, who was promoted to corporal, has his new badge pinned on him by his daughter, Destini, as his younger daughter, Karah, looks on.
Elijah Waldo, who was promoted to corporal, has his new badge pinned on him by his daughter, Destini, as his younger daughter, Karah, looks on.

Four Public Safety officers were officially promoted during Monday's ceremony. L-R: Kevin Kenney and Timothy Humiston, both promoted to sergeant, and Kerry McGill and Elijah Waldo, both promoted to corporal.
Four Public Safety officers were officially promoted during Monday's ceremony. L-R: Kevin Kenney and Timothy Humiston, both promoted to sergeant, and Kerry McGill and Elijah Waldo, both promoted to corporal.

After months of training, a group of Public Safety officers has been selected to carry arms in order to be prepared to respond to potential threats in an era of increasing weapons incidents at schools and campuses around the country.

The selected officers were recognized on Monday at a promotion ceremony for the Department of Public Safety. During the ceremony, University officials discussed the reasons for the decision to have some armed Public Safety officers, and they discussed the intensive training that the entire department went through as a result of that decision.

In fact, every officer in the department underwent 70 hours of firearms-related training, even though the state only requires eight hours of training, said Assistant Chief Michael Kaselouskas. At the end of the months-long training and evaluation process, officials selected the first group of officers who will carry firearms.

The decision to have both armed and unarmed Public Safety officers was announced last spring, following a study by a national consulting firm that specializes in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance. See the complete announcement by Vice President of Finance and Administration Arosha Jayawickrema.


Four Officers Promoted

The main purpose of Monday’s ceremony was to recognize and honor four newly promoted Public Safety officers. (The promotions are unrelated to the selection of officers who will carry arms.)

The newly promoted offers are:

-          Kevin Kenney – promoted to sergeant

-          Timothy Humiston – promoted to sergeant

-          Kerry McGill – promoted to corporal

-          Elijah Waldo – promoted to corporal

The four officers were each pinned with badges reflecting their new rank. Several were pinned by family members.

In addition, Sergeant Michael Lovley was recognized with the new title of First Sergeant.

Elijah Waldo, who was promoted to corporal, has his new badge pinned on him by his daughter, Destini, as his younger daughter, Karah, looks on.
Elijah Waldo, who was promoted to corporal, has his new badge pinned on him by his daughter, Destini, as his younger daughter, Karah, looks on.

Four Public Safety officers were officially promoted during Monday's ceremony. L-R: Kevin Kenney and Timothy Humiston, both promoted to sergeant, and Kerry McGill and Elijah Waldo, both promoted to corporal.
Four Public Safety officers were officially promoted during Monday's ceremony. L-R: Kevin Kenney and Timothy Humiston, both promoted to sergeant, and Kerry McGill and Elijah Waldo, both promoted to corporal.

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