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UT Chief of Police August Washington

August Washington, current deputy director of safety and security for the University of Southern California, has been named chief of police for the University of Tennessee- Knoxville.

Washington brings more than 26 years in law enforcement experience to this new role. He currently manages a division of 180 law enforcement and security personnel on USC-s two campuses located in the greater Los Angeles area.

He will begin at UT on July 11.

Washington, 44, has also served as director of traffic and parking and chief of police for Florida Atlantic University for five years. He initiated the department-s professional accreditation process, implemented a university heightened security plan and worked with other administrators to improve campus parking.

Prior to that, he served as chief of police for Indiana State University for four years, overseeing enforcement, emergency communications, parking and traffic, and the university-s I.D. program.

He has a master-s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and a bachelor-s in general studies with a focus on behavioral science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has also taught college level criminal justice courses and has extensive training on crime prevention, emergency preparedness and community policing.

Washington is also an experienced municipal law enforcement officer, serving in both patrol and investigations with the Lafayette (La.) City Police Department. A New Orleans native, he began his career in 1979 as a student patrol officer for the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He later became certified as a police officer and was a shift commander and director of the university-s student officer program at the University of South Louisiana.

-Mr. Washington-s extensive training and service on college campuses throughout the nation will make him a true asset for the University of Tennessee,- said Chancellor Loren Crabtree. -He will be a wonderful addition to our police department and we look forward to the leadership he will provide in ensuring the safety of our students and faculty and staff and all who visit our campus.-

-This is an exciting time for me and my family. To become a member of the Knoxville community and be part of an outstanding institution such as the University of Tennessee is truly a blessing and an honor. We look forward to this move and working with the administration, faculty, staff, students, and the external community to achieve our common goals,- said Washington.

He and his wife, Annette, have one daughter, Aerin, 21, and one son, Trey, 17. Aerin, a senior at USC, is planning on remaining in Los Angeles, to complete her senior year. Trey looks forward to attending a local high school, where he hopes to play football and baseball.

UT-s police force has 50 uniformed officers and 20 civilian employees.