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DPS Holds Swearing-in Ceremony

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January 19, 2023

Three Officers Promoted

Alabama A&M University's Department of Public Safety held a Swearing-in and Promotion Ceremony on Thursday, January 19, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium, presided by Lt. Bobby Clark.  PHOTOS

"There are numerous components to the Bulldog experience, but having a safe and secure setting for scholarship, research, leisure and fellowship is among the most important ones," said AAMU President Daniel K. Wims.  "The University takes a special interest in the selection of capable law enforcement officers, because these individuals have to navigate a wide range of issues—from basic security to traffic to escort operations and much more. Moreover, the Department of Public Safety carries out its non-stop duties for 365 days a year in a 24-hour cycle."

Chief Montrez Payton was sworn in, while the pinning ceremony featured Tarvius Jones, assistant chief; MarcellCraft, administrative lieutenant; and Destiny Toney, lead investigator.

"I have always been moved by the unquestionable and exemplary manner in which the officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety consistently perform their duties," commented Dr. Braque Talley, vice president for student affairs.  "The number of tasks and various assignments that these men and women are called upon to carry out is nothing short of phenomenal. Because Public Safety is such an appropriate fit within Student Affairs, it is through our joint missions that we help create a safe environment that allows all Bulldogs to thrive."

Other program participants included the AAMU ROTC Color Guard; Miss Sophomore Faith Gatson, who sang the National Anthem; and AAMU student Cameron Gildersleeve, invocation.