New Structure Bolsters Police Department Strengths
3 Lieutenants, 4 Rookie Officers Added to Boost Patrols of Growing Campus
Chief Larry Zacharias has announced a restructuring of the UT Dallas Police Department, eliminating the position of police captain in favor of creating three lieutenant positions and hiring four rookie patrol officers in the ramp-up to secure UT Dallas’ growing campus.
Lt. Tim Dorsey
“The hiring helps bolster the department, increasing campus security through better police presence and departmental organization,” Zacharias said.
Starting Monday Feb. 1, three lieutenants – Tim Dorsey and new hires Ken MacKenzie and Diane Bartek – will head up the primary divisions of the Police Department: Patrol Operations, Investigations and Support Services.
Dorsey has 32 years of law-enforcement experience, including 22 years with the Allen Police Department. He has served with the University since 2008. He will continue in Support Services, formerly called Administration and Community Relations.
Lt. Ken MacKenzie
MacKenzie, who has 33 years of police experience and retired from the Richardson Police Department as senior detective in 2009, will manage the investigations unit. He starts Feb. 1.
“Ken has extensive major-case investigations experience, and he helped develop and managed the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force,” Zacharias said.
Bartek, who will retire soon from the Richardson Police Department, will take over Patrol Operations beginning Feb. 22. She has 27 years of experience and has served as a senior Police Training Officer, resulting in the majority of her trainees becoming supervisors and command officers. The four rookies – Officers in Training Kristina Bryant, Ray Eardley, Matthew Patchin Jr., and Stacey Rotunno – will be under Bartek’s supervision.
Lt. Diane Bartek
Zacharias said that Bartek was on temporary assignment last year in the Richardson Police Planning Section to assist with policy development and revisions. Afterward, Richardson Police received state recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
“Bartek’s work helped Richardson Police meet more than 160 Best Practices Standards in order to acquire recognition,” Zacharias added.
Three candidates applied and were considered for the positions. After an extensive police background check, the candidates were interviewed by a panel of University representatives.
“Ken and Diane are very experienced officers with a high sense of customer and community service,” the chief said.
“Chief Zacharias has brought a service-oriented mindset and strong organizational skills to his new role. This reorganization and addition of these veteran professionals will be a tremendous asset to the department and campus transformation efforts,” said Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, vice president for Business Affairs.
The position of assistant chief remains an unfilled position.
Chief Larry Zacharias welcomes the newest members of the UT Dallas police force.
Rookie Officers Beef Up Patrol Force
The four UT Dallas rookie patrol officers are fresh out of the Police Academy in Austin, where they studied penal, transportation and ethics codes along with physical conditioning training in order to qualify to become police officers.
“These codes allow us to come up with the proper offense perimeters to accurately identify and record charges,” Officer in Training Kristina Bryant said. She reported finding the course work stressful because “If you fail three tests, you’re out.”
Bryant comes from Sulphur Springs, Texas, and finds UT Dallas “a great location and a great place to start a career in law enforcement.”
Rookie Ray Eardley, a Dallasite who served six years in the Army, says working at UT Dallas appeals to him.
“I fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a door gunner on a Chinook aircraft ensuring the safety of troops in the field during the opening days of the Iraqi war. I feel in a lot of ways I am here to do kind of the same thing: Make sure the students get to where they are going educationally, safely and securely,” he said.
Rookie Matthew Patchin Jr. is from Richardson and lives close to campus. He says the best part of the job is the job itself.
“We get to meet new people every day, and we interact with students and staff, and that’s great,” he said. “We are able to offer assistance, answer questions, give directions and generally help people. That’s why we are here.”
The remaining officer in training, Stacey Rotunno, hails from Pinconning, Mich., and said the job “never gets boring.”
“Working the night shift, I don’t normally have opportunities to interact with administrators,” she said. “However, Chief Zacharias and Lieutenant Dorsey both came in early recently to prepare breakfast for those coming off the night shift and those coming in for the day shift. It was a great way to end a long shift and was very much appreciated.”
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