In April of 2017, the college contracted with the national firm of Dolores Stafford and Associates (DSA) to conduct a University Police "Management Study and Organizational Assessment." The objective was to make recommendations and suggestions in light of best practices and institutional needs. The DSA team spent several days on the campus meeting with key stakeholders throughout the campus and with each individual member of the police department on a fact gathering mission. All aspects of the police department's function, from command leadership, operational needs, equipment and morale were explored and documented.
The team then returned to the campus in July of 2017 to conduct a one-day intensive strategic planning/team building exercise with all members of the police department. This allowed for members of the department to work together as a unified team and develop a comprehensive list of recommendations, ideas and proposals to help pave the path for the future of University Police. It was important for all participants to know that their input would help direct the future of the department.
THE DOLORES STAFFORD TEAM
The team of assessors on the campus were;
- Chief Regina Lawson. Chief Lawson has served as the Chief of Police at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC since 1992 and began as the Assistant Chief in 1989. She has 30 years of experience in law enforcement,serving nine years at University of North Carolina at Wilmington,a public institution, 21 years at Wake Forest, a private institution and20 years experience consulting for a variety of campuses across the country.
- Dr. John Vinson. Dr. Vinson joined the University of Washington Police Department as Chief of Police in February 2009. The University of Washington Police Department provides law enforcement services to a campus population of 68,000. Chief Vinson holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and has18 years of progressive law enforcement experience,including thirteen years of supervisory and administrative experience. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Executive Development Institute at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
- Director Terry McCauley. McCauley has been the Public Safety Director at Oakland Community College where he is responsible for law enforcement, non-sworn security, crime prevention,emergency management, business continuity, and has managed the Environmental, Health and Safety Department since 2002. In 2010 he added the risk management function to his daily role. The college is the largest two year institution in the State of Michigan, located in metro Detroit and spanning five campuses. Prior to his current responsibilities in higher education, he was a security director for the Taubman Company, responsible for the operation of private security and was a sworn lawenforcement officer for 12 years. He has served in various capacities in professional organizations representing law enforcement and security. He serves as the chair of Two Year Institution Committee for International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) since 2010, has been a member of the Education and Training Committee since 2008.
The result of the assessment was a set of 98 comprehensive recommendations that can be reviewed in the following document: Dolores Stafford & Associates Recommendations
THE NEXT STEPS
Working with Ginger Jurecka Blake, the college Director of Organizational Development and Training, University Police will be hosting an open forum for the campus community to seek their input and recommendations. This forum will be held on Tuesday October 24, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. All are welcome.