Chief Roberts says, "Some of the biggest challenges that we have faced on the University Police Department surround service to our community." He wants to know, "What emerging technology, ideas, and strategies can we use to improve our presence and service?"

What were some of the biggest challenges from your perspective, or from the perspective of your organization as a whole? How do you feel this was overcome?

Some of the biggest challenges that we have faced on the University Police Department surround service to our community.  What emerging technology, ideas, and strategies can we use to improve our presence and service to our constituents?   This was overcome by working with campus and external partners to bring relevant and appropriate law enforcement techniques like community policing, enhancing visibility and community contacts through mobile and foot patrols, combined with the use of relevant technology like surveillance cameras with the acquisition and implementation of appropriate phone applications to enhance security and community safety.        

 On the same line of thinking, what were the biggest accomplishments in your estimation? What contributed to them?

Some of the best accomplishments in my estimation include the enhanced security protocols on campus and sharing those protocols with local law enforcement partners, the acquisition some outstanding training opportunities to the campus to share with local and state first responder partners,  and the promotion of the University Police Department’s team via staff recognition awards and through the use of social media such as Facebook.   I see that our department’s participation in community philanthropic opportunities also as a value and something that I consider a departmental team accomplishment.  

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? What can readers and residents look forward to?

I am looking forward to continued improvement in the way our department serves our campus and Rolla community.   I am looking forward to continuing to enhance our departmental team’s community partnerships.   Readers and residents can look forward to our continued use of emerging technology to enhance the safety and security on/near the campus community and the sharing of this technology with the local law enforcement community.