UCF Names Metzger as New Police Chief

Posted June 28, 2018

Carl Metzger ’03MS, a law enforcement executive with more than 29 years’ experience, including the past four as a deputy chief at UCF, has been selected as the next chief of the UCF Police Department.

Metzger will move into the role effective Friday. He also will serve as an associate vice president, overseeing UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency Management.

Hail to the Chief

Posted June 13, 2018

On his most rewarding days at UCF, Police Chief Richard Beary ’04MS was protecting football fans at Spectrum Stadium, interacting with K-9s or swearing in UCF’s newest police officers.

On his worst, he was evacuating threatened students from Tower 1 residence hall.

But through his 41 years in law enforcement, there’s been one constant for Beary.

He cared.

And he has taught his officers to care.

UCF Police Officer Named Best in Region for Crisis Intervention

Posted April 27, 2018

Police officers take an oath to protect and serve, and for UCF Police Officer First Class Danielle Hughes ’13, that promise includes going the extra mile for a person in need.

Like when a young man with a history of suicidal thoughts expressed concern about being Baker Acted because he didn’t have anyone to pick him up after the holding period passed. Ofc. Hughes told him she would drive him home, and she did.

UCFPD Honors Officers, Staff, Community Members

Posted April 24, 2018

The UCF Police Department hosted a ceremony at the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership to celebrate the department’s achievements in 2017.

Family, friends, and colleagues watched as awards were presented to officers, staff members, and community partners for their loyalty to UCFPD and the UCF community.

'See Something, Say Something' Works

Posted March 29, 2018

Quick-thinking UCF staff helped the UCF Police Department and federal law enforcement partners take swift actions in response to a man who displayed distressing changes in behavior and who owned high-powered firearms.

At no time did this young man directly threaten UCF or anyone at UCF. But the combination of troubling factors warranted a police investigation that concluded with the man being taken into federal custody. He will be sent back to his native China due to a change in his visa status.

UCFPD Swears in 5 New Officers, Promotes 3

Posted March 23, 2018

Family, friends and UCF Police officers and staff welcomed five new officers to the department on Thursday, March 22.

The swearing-in ceremony was UCFPD Chief Richard Beary’s final one before his retirement in June.

“We want you to be the best you can be,” Chief Beary said to the new officers. “We also want you to be the most ethical and represent this agency and the state of Florida to the best of your ability.”

The new officers are:

Safe Knight Week Starts March 5

Posted February 26, 2018

UCF will next week host a series of interactive events to raise awareness about safety and well-being.

Safe Knight Week, which runs March 5-8, is an opportunity to learn about self-care, violence prevention and emergency preparedness. The goal for the week is to provide health and safety-related learning opportunities that will be useful during the following week’s spring break and beyond.

The week will kick off with the Safe Knight Week carnival, which will showcase the safety and wellness services at UCF and throughout the community.

A Reminder to Keep Safety Top of Mind

Posted February 8, 2018

As the semester moves forward, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by academic, social and personal responsibilities. However, it's critical to never neglect your personal safety and well-being.

The UCF Police Department reminds you to be vigilant.

It's simple: If you see something, say something.

Call 911, or contact UCFPD via our non-emergency line, 407-823-5555. UCFPD officers patrol campus 24/7, 365 days a year, and our dispatchers also are always available to help.

Four Arrested in Pointe at Central Armed Home Invasion

Posted December 6, 2017

The UCF Police Department has identified the four people involved with the armed home invasion at Pointe at Central last week.

They are Reysling DeJesus Herrera, 22; Jose Almonte, 17; Alexis Jasmine Walker, 20; and Amani Jalia Hamilton, 21.

Herrera, Almonte and Hamilton are in custody in Osceola County. There is an active warrant for Walker’s arrest. All four face charges of home-invasion robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and trespass of a conveyance, with an additional charge of grand theft auto for Hamilton.

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary Announces Retirement

Posted November 30, 2017

After nearly 41 years in law enforcement and almost 11 as the leader of the UCF Police Department, Chief Richard Beary announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2018. Below is the message he shared with UCFPD officers and staff members.

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to retire from law enforcement on June 30, 2018.