Accolades and Recognition

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UT Police staff has been recognized by a number of industry leaders and institutionally.

External Awards, UT Police at Houston 

2021 OSPA Outstanding Security Team Award Finalist
2019 Security 500 #4 Healthcare/Hospital/Medical Center Sector 
2019 IAHSS Local Chapter Team of the Year

2019 Pearland Islamic Center Award of Appreciation
2018 Safe Campus Department of the Year, Finalist
2018 Security 500 #3 Healthcare/Hospital/Medical Center Security Department
2018 Top 10 Safe Campus Department of the Year
2017 Security 500 #4 Healthcare/Hospital/Medical Center Security Department
2017 Top 10 Safe Campus Department of the Year
2015 IHSSF Lindberg Bell Award
2014 National Tactical Officers Association NTOA Spirit Award, honoring the UT Police at Houston—the only university police department in the nation to receive the NTOA award

External Awards, Individual

Vicki King, 2021 IACLEA Award for Administrative Excellence
Raymond Gerwitz, 2021 Campus Safety Director of the Year
Raul Tenorio, 2021 HLSR Armed Forces Appreciation Committee First Responder of the Year
Jason Lipe, 2020 ASIS Houston Outstanding Security Officer
David Cribbs, 2019 ASIS Professional Certification Board Regional Award of Achievement
Raymond Gerwitz, 2019 IAHSS Foundation's Russell L. Colling Literary Achievement Medal
William Adcox, 2019 Campus Safety Magazine's Director of the Year Finalist
Rodney Wells, 2018 IAHSS Commendation of Distinction
Raymond Gerwitz, 2018 Outstanding Security Performance Award, Outstanding In-House Security Director
William Adcox, 2018 Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Award
William Adcox, 2018 IAHSS Foundation's Russell L. Colling Literary Achievement Medal
Brodie Riner III, 2017 The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Medal of Merit
Raymond Gerwitz, 2017 Outstanding Security Performance Award, Outstanding Security Director Finalist
Kevin Gray, 2015 International Association Of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Award of Merit
William Adcox, 2015 Campus Safety Magazine’s Director of the Year for Healthcare Public Safety
William Adcox, 2015 Texas Police Chiefs Association TPCA Leadership Award
William Adcox, 2014 National Tactical Officers Association NTOA Spirit Award
William Adcox, 2013 Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security
William Adcox, 2013 International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators IACLEA Award for Administrative Excellence

Public Safety Manager Jason Lipe receiving ASIS Houston Chapter Outstanding Security Officer award
Public Safety Manager Jason Lipe was selected and named the 2020 ASIS Houston Outstanding Security Officer.


Departmental Recognition

Award Category

2021 Recipients

Civilian Employee of the Year

Lamar Pitre, 2021

Investigator of the Year

Viola Douglas, 2021

Carlos Guzman, 2021

Mary Lentshcke, 2021

Police Officer of the Year

Keylon LaSalle, 2021

Public Safety Officer of the Year

Vera Hayes, 2021

Telecommunicator of the Year

Josselyn Alvarez, 2021

Public Safety Officer Elson Ayoub
Public Safety Officer Elson Ayoub was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Heart of MD Anderson Outstanding Employee Award for the month of April 2021. Cortney Bishop, who is a Post Anesthesia Care Unit clinical nurse at MD Anderson The Woodlands, and the PACU department nominated Ayoub for his compassionate attention toward visitors and staff.

UTHealth Awards

Manuel Leston, 2020 President's Award for Leadership

MD Anderson Awards

Elson Ayoub, April 2021 Heart of MD Anderson
Roberto "Rob" Ramos, 2021 MD Anderson Distinguished Mentor Award
Manuel Leston, 2020 MD Anderson Staff Educator of the Year
Manuel Leston, 2019 MD Anderson Educators' Forum Educator of the Quarter (First Quarter)
Mary Gonzalez, May 2019 Heart of MD Anderson Outstanding Employee Award
Scott Barnwell, 2019 MD Anderson Distinguished Educator
Maribel Salazar, 2018 MD Anderson Distinguished Mentor Award 
Marissa Nevarez, 2018 MD Anderson Idol Contestant
Armando Viscarri, 2018 MD Anderson Instructor of the Year, Diversity Champions, Train the Trainer, and 2013 Diversity Champion
Raymond Gerwitz, 2017 MD Anderson Best Boss Award
Raymond Gerwitz, 2017 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Administration, Award Finalist
Armando Viscarri, 2015 MD Anderson Outstanding Mentor Award
Scott Barnwell, 2015 MD Anderson Educator of the Year
Armando Viscarri, 2103 MD Anderson Distinguished Mentor Award
Doran Preacher, 2013 MD Anderson Best Boss Award

Sgt. Oscar Wilhite, III
Sgt. Oscar Wilhite, III, UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month for August 2021.

UT System Awards

Scott Barnwell, 2017 Police Shield Award
Carlos Guzman, 2016 Medal of Valor
Matthew Krawczak, 2014 Purple Heart Award
William Adcox, 2013 Chief of the Year

UT System Police Featured Officers of the Month

Oscar Wilhite, III, August 2021
Carlos Guzman, July 2018
Sorangel Alvarez, November 2017
Michael Redmond, October 2016
Wayne Smith, June 2015