BRYAN/ COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. Keith Jemison, Prairie View A&M University’s Chief of Police, has been named as the first-ever Associate Vice Chancellor of Law Enforcement & Security at The Texas A&M University System. He begins his new role Sept. 1.
“I have great confidence Chief Jemison is the right person to fill this new role,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “His background as a police officer, and as an academic, is just what we needed.”
As Associate Vice Chancellor of Law Enforcement & Security for the A&M System, Jemison will serve as the principal advisor to the Chancellor’s office on law enforcement matters, as well as serve as a liaison between the A&M System member universities Police Chief’s Council and the Chancellor’s Office.
Jemison joined Prairie View A&M University in July 2017 after serving as Assistant Police Chief in Missouri City, Texas. He has almost 20 years’ experience as a law enforcement officer and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Jemison earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a Master’s degree in Political and Justice Studies from Governor’s State University and a Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a concentration in Public Safety from Governor’s State University. Jemison also is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Governments program, the Senior Management Institute for Police conducted through the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston University, the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, the Police Executive Course at Penn State University, the United States Department of Homeland Security Executive Leadership Academy, and the FBI National Command College..
Dr. Jemison holds a Master Peace Officer certification through the State of Texas as well as certifications as a Forensic Hypnotist, Crisis Negotiator, Mental Health Peace Officer, FBI Instructor, Crisis Intervention Instructor, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Simunition Scenario Instructor, Special Weapons And Tactics, Advanced Interview & Interrogation, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner, and Police Precision Marksman.
Jemison transformed the University Police Department at Prairie View A&M University, resulting in the department being accredited through the Texas Police Chief Association’s Recognition Program, as well as becoming an authorized Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Contracted Training Provider in 2020. Additionally, Prairie View A&M University’s police department was designated as an Emergency Medical Dispatch center; the only police department carrying this designation in the region.
Under Dr. Jemison’s leadership, the Prairie View A&M University’s University Police Department acquired enhanced equipment and increased staff training, with a focus on overall professionalism and accountability of personnel, as well as a reorientation towards customer care and community policing.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 23 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
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