Those were Chancellor Linda P. Brady’s words as a roomful of well-wishers from throughout the university and community were on hand Jan. 8 for the dedication of the new UNCG Police Building.
The police had formerly been working from three locations near campus.
UNCG Chief of Police Jamie Herring alluded to “our nomadic existence.” Now, all UNCG Police as well as the Office of Emergency Management will be in one space.
Herring focused his remarks on the past, present and future members of the department – looking at legacy and future. The new building is to represent the quality of the people in the department, he said.
“As a challenge to generations to come, this building is dedicated to the men and women of the UNCG Police Department who have come before you,” he said. “Those who, despite serving for decades with inadequate facilities, built an agency known for the highest quality of service through their core values: Integrity, Fairness, Accountability, Compassion, and Excellence. May your efforts in the future honor their hard work and devotion.”
He recognized Jerry Williamson, who led the department as Director of Public Safety for two decades. Williamson had hired Herring when the department was located beneath the Dining Hall.
Herring presented a Meritorious Service Bar to Sergeant Tim Reese, for his exceptional work on technological aspects of building planning.
The 27,000-square-foot new police building on West Lee Street is located next to the Pedestrian Underpass.
One room on the first floor is available for community meetings and safety-related classes for the university, Herring noted.
The ceremony was held inside, due to cold weather.
The department staff moved into the new space several weeks ago.
See additional report and photos in News & Record.
By Mike Harris
Photograph of Chief Herring by Carlos Morales