I am pleased to announce that Bruce Perry '97 has agreed to serve as the next UMBC Chief of Police, effective immediately. Chief Perry has been serving in the role of Acting Chief of Police since February 2022.
Bruce has impressed me with his broad knowledge of the physical campus and dedication to our community. He has strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff across campus. His team is always present, supportive, and reliable, from their work directing traffic at major campus events to safety and security during significant crises. I am particularly appreciative of Bruce's role on committees such as the Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team (BRACT). He and his colleagues help community members struggling with or witnessing concerning or disruptive behaviors, all with the goal of creating an inclusive and safe campus.
Bruce grew up in Montgomery County and joined the police department in 1994 as a student aide. At the time, he said he hoped to be UMBC's Chief of Police one day! Bruce graduated from UMBC with a degree in psychology and rejoined the police department in 1998 as an officer. He has spent his career at UMBC and has been promoted multiple times within the department. He previously served as both Operations Commander and Deputy Chief.
Please join me in congratulating Bruce and thanking him for his service to the UMBC community.
Kathy L. Dettloff, Vice President for Administration and Finance