Chief of WVU Police awarded national chief of the year

Bob Roberts, chief of WVU Police, was named national chief of the year by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators.

Roberts “is a proven leader with the ability to use logic and reason to solve today’s problems facing police in higher educational settings,” the association said in announcing the award in the “sworn officer” category. “He has displayed a propensity to be fair and balanced when directing his staff to achieve the goals set for successful police service.”

The association also praised his “dedication to the community, exemplary performance as a police chief and service to public safety in higher education.”

“This is a well-deserved honor,” WVU President Gordon Gee said. “Under his leadership, West Virginia University has become recognized as one of the safest college campuses in the country. He is a student-centered leader — and that makes him and our department extremely effective.”

Roberts joined UPD 33 years ago and was named chief in 1990.

“I’m honored by this recognition by my peers,” Roberts said. “I take great pride in the professionalism we have developed over the years, and the relationship we have with our students.

“A college campus is a special place, and it is a great responsibility to create a safe space where our students can learn, but also enjoy this special time in their life,” he said.

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