Two officers at UT Health Center at Tyler achieve distinction

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Two police officers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently achieved distinction in their field.

Officer Larry Harper earned his master peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.

To obtain this license, Harper completed a minimum of 3,300 hours of education and 14 years of service as a Texas Peace Officer, all of which he served with The University of Texas System Police. It is the highest license peace officers can attain from the state of Texas.

“Officer Harper’s fellow officers congratulate him on this achievement. The Health Center is proud to have an officer with his training, knowledge, and professionalism,” UTHSCT Police Chief Robert Cromley said.

In addition, UTHSCT Police Sgt. Troy Smith has passed the examination qualifying him for promotion to the rank of lieutenant offered by the director of police from the University of Texas System Police.

To achieve this status, an officer must have at least four years’ experience as a commissioned Peace Officer of the UT System, an Intermediate Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards, and a minimum of 60 hours of college.

Sgt. Smith has served with UTHSCT for 11 years and has prior law enforcement service with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

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