VC swears in new chief of police

Vice President of Administrative Services Keith Blundell administers the oath of office to new Chief of Police Felix Appelt at a special meeting of VCs Board of Trustees.

Victoria College’s new chief of police was sworn in at a special Victoria College Board of Trustees meeting last Monday.

Felix Appelt, who has been with the Victoria Police Department for 18 years, also has nine years of experience as a VPD School Resource Officer working in the Victoria Independent School District. Appelt is only the second person to ever serve as chief of police at VC.

“We’ve had campus security for many years, but we started our police department in 2005 with the hiring of Matt Williams as the first chief of police,” said Keith Blundell, vice president of administrative services at VC. “Felix brings the kind of experience and training requirements we need and he will be working closely with VC’s new campus safety and security committee.”

Appelt graduated from VC with a degree in criminal justice and completed VC’s Police Academy.  

“VC is where my whole career started,” said Appelt. “Being the chief of police at VC is much more personal to me than if I was a chief anywhere else.”

Jack Mullins, who has been acting as VC’s interim chief of police since Williams’ departure in June, has worked with Appelt in the past and knows that his experience is exactly what VC needs.

“School-based policing makes a great transition to working at VC,” said Mullins. “In an educational setting, not only do you have the responsibility to enforce state and federal laws, but you also need to do what’s best for the student and the College.”

In addition to ensuring the safety of VC’s students and employees, Appelt will be taking over work on VC’s Emergency Plan, and has plans to conduct National Incident Management System training for VC employees. NIMS training helps federal, state and local authorities to work together to prevent, respond to, and recover from all incidents, such as terrorism acts and disasters. It also includes best practices for responding to emergency situations and lessons learned from actual incidents.

“I’ve already been in contact with the Victoria County Office of Emergency Management to get started with NIMS training on campus,” said Appelt. “We’ll start with VC’s administration, but all VC employees will be included in emergency preparedness training.”

With VC’s recent expansion, Appelt will also be addressing security needs in a number of new off-campus areas including the VC Liberty Street Industrial Training Center, the Welder Center and the upcoming Emerging Technologies Center.

“I’d rather be proactive than reactive,” said Appelt. “We’ll save time, money, and resources by being prepared to meet any security issues ahead of time.”

Along with all of VC’s Police and Security Department members, both Blundell and VC President Tom Butler are confident that Appelt will serve VC well.

“It is always a top priority at VC to make sure employees and students are safe at all our locations,” said Butler. “Maintaining a safe environment that benefits students and our community is Chief Appelt’s top priority as well.”

Published: Friday, 24 August 2012
 

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