MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University Chief of Police Jamie Herring has been selected as a 2018 Director of the Year finalist by Campus Safety Magazine.

Herring began at Murray State in 2016 after serving for more than 30 years in numerous roles at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Since beginning at Murray State, Herring has led the University’s Police Department through numerous changes and continued innovations in equipment, resources, and programs to best assist the department and its relationship with the campus and greater community while fulfilling the following departmental vision statement: “To be the best university police agency of our size in the nation by building trust, creating partnerships, and providing effective, caring, and courteous service.”

Programs developed under Herring’s leadership have included a police/community fun day, the DoNut Worry exam day event, a student police advisory board and ‘Carols with Cops’ event held prior to the winter holiday.

Last year, the Police Department and Center for Adult and Regional Education were named first in the nation for campus safety initiatives with both University units receiving the 2018 Department of the Year award from Safe Campus.

“Everything I’ve achieved since I arrived at Murray State has been the result of a team effort,” said Herring. “The members of the Murray State Police Department and many others at the University deserve much of the credit for what has been accomplished over the past two-and-a-half years. I’m happy I have been able to do my part, and I’m proud to be a Racer.”

The Director of the Year winners and runners up will be announced at Campus Safety Conference West, to be held in Las Vegas June 17-19.

The Murray State Police Department is staffed 24/7 to protect and serve the University. All officers are certified through the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training with officers spending six months in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy in Richmond, Kentucky, before receiving their certifications. The department is accredited through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and has been accredited since 2007.

The department provides a variety of important services to assist the campus community. These include the Racer Alert emergency communications system and the promotion and use of the LiveSafe app in addition to providing resources for faculty, staff and students — particularly for incoming students through the Great Beginnings new student orientation programs.

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