UHPD swears in five new officers
The University of Houston Police Department held a swearing in
and badge pinning ceremony on Sept. 17. The ceremony involved
pinning the five new police officers who were recently hired.
Each new officer was recognized by name and with a brief
biography including their reason for coming to the University of
Houston. They are: Anthony Adams, Gilberto Arroyo, Jr., Justin
Carter, Walter Richard, Jr. and Adrian Smith.
Along with the new Police Officer appointments, five Police
Officers were promoted. Aaron O’Donley was promoted to the rank
of Sergeant, LaTorsha Batts, Troy Golden, Debra Pruitt and Chad
Leveritt was all promoted to the rank of Corporal.
Former Assistant Chief of Police Brad Wigtil was on hand to
receive a commendation from Chief of Police Ceaser Moore for his
dedication and service to the University of Houston. Chief Moore
shared a few words about Brad and then made the presentation.
The highlight of the event was with the presentation by Chief of
Police Ceaser Moore. He presented the first ever University of
Houston Challenge Coin. These coins are given out to Police
Officers when their performance has risen to a level that is by
far above and beyond. Immediately after the unveiling of the new
Challenge Coin, Chief Moore presented the first coin to Police
Officer Isaac Barnett. Officer Barnet showed his dedication to
the University of Houston and the Police Department by
apprehending a suspect that the Police Department has been
pursuing for several days, while off duty.
After the presentation of the new UHPD Challenge Coin, Chief
Moore made one last presentation. This particular presentation
was close to everyone’s hearts. He introduced a separate
Challenge Coin dedicated to the first Chief of Police for the
University of Houston Sterling Baker. Mr. Baker was in
attendance and was presented with the special award.