Award Ceremony Recognizes Exemplary Employees

December 07, 2020

During the University of Texas Police at Houston's (UT Police) Nov. 18 virtual town hall meeting, Chief William Adcox recognized employees who were honored with individual UT System Office of the Director of Police awards for their exemplary performance during the past year. 
 
The presentation marked the second of three virtual award presentations organized in place of the 2020 Promotions and Awards Ceremony, which is traditionally held during National Police Week in May. All nominations are reviewed and recommended by a peer committee and are approved by both the UT Police Chief of Police and the UT System Director of Police.
 
To catch up on the awards already presented in October and November, you may view the presentations online: 
View Part 1 here
View Part 2 here.  
 
November award recipients were:

SPSO Zacharia Kalathoor, Life Saving Award
PSO Arvell Phillips, Certificate of Merit 
PSO Melissa Perez, Humanitarian Service Medal
SPSO Diana Sabater, Life Saving Award
Officer Philip Nguyen, Certificate of Merit
Officer Raul Tenorio, Life Saving Award
PSO Rolando Torres, Medal of Valor
Executive Assistant Claudia Garcia, Award of Excellence
Asset Technician Jonathan Jackson, Award of Excellence
Officer Manuel Leston, Award of Excellence
Lt. Justin Taylor, Award of Excellence
 
In addition to the ODOP awards presented, the following individuals were recognized for their promotions:
 
James Carr, Sergeant
Melba Doyle, Public Safety Supervisor
David Fox, Senior Public Safety Officer
Jose Gutierrez, Senior Public Safety Officer  
David Johnsrud, Public Safety Supervisor 
Covell Johnson, Inspector
Keika Lawton, Telecommunicator
LaDonna Little, Technical Services Coordinator
Rudy Martinez, Senior Threat  and Risk Analyst
Benny Mathew, Senior Public Safety Officer
Kamaal Oliver, Public Safety Supervisor
Juan Ortega, Senior Public Safety Officer
Haile Tefera, Senior Public Safety Officer
Daniel Trujillo, Police Officer
Michael Redmond, Captain
Kathy Rene, Technical Services Coordinator
Carol Roberts, Senior Public Safety Officer
Eduardo Rodriguez, Lieutenant
Marcial Rosal, Public Safety Supervisor
Walter Spivey, Police Officer
Carl Willis, Sergeant
 
The third and final award presentation will recognize 'Of the Year' recipients and those who have received awards from external organizations, and will take place during UT Police's next town hall meeting.

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