Lane, who has more than sixteen years of campus law enforcement experience, will begin June 25.
“Troy Lane brings a wide range of knowledge and skills to this role. He will provide leadership for our police force as it continues building its strong connections to the campus community and other local law enforcement agencies,” said Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration. “Campus safety is one of our most important responsibilities, and we look forward to working with Troy to enhance the university’s safety and security initiatives.”
As police chief at the University of Wyoming since 2007, Lane supervised fourteen sworn officers and ten support personnel. The University of Wyoming is the state’s land-grant university, with an enrollment of 13,476 as of 2009.
Lane increased the emergency preparedness of the police department, arranging the first-ever mutual-assistance agreements between the campus police, the city of Laramie, Wyoming’s police department, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. He led the effort to rewrite and update the university’s emergency response plan and is certified as an instructor in the National Incident Management System and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation training program. He also created a system of anonymous reporting of crimes and suspicious behavior to the police department’s website.
“A campus is a very diverse community, with challenges and opportunities that are unique in the law enforcement profession,” Lane said. “My focus will be on learning as much as possible about the UTPD, its employees, and its central role to the well-being of the UT campus. I am honored to be joining the University of Tennessee and leading the men and women of its police force.”
Lane replaces former chief Gloria Graham, who left in January 2012 to become assistant chief of police at the University of Chicago. Assistant Chief Debbie Perry has served as interim chief since Graham’s departure.
Lane began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a military policeman in the US Army in Fort Riley, Kansas. After leaving the military in 1992, he continued working in law enforcement, and in 1996 was named assistant director of the Kansas State University Police Department. In that role, he supervised twenty-four sworn officers and twenty support personnel. He left Kansas State in 2007 for the chief of police position at the University of Wyoming.
Lane has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and a bachelor’s degree in management and ethics from Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. He attended the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he received special training in forensic science, statement analysis, managing investigations, legal issues for command-level officers, and budgets and grant writing.
UTPD has seventy-nine full-time staff, which includes fifty-two sworn officers. UTPD is one of only fifteen agencies nationwide accredited by both the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UTPD is one of only two CALEA-accredited university departments in Tennessee and one of only fifty-three CALEA-accredited university departments in the country.
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