Police chief named president elect of international campus police organization
07.09.2014 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College Police Chief Bill Taylor will serve as president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, which is regarded as the leading voice for campus public safety. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
San Jacinto College Police Chief Bill Taylor has been selected as president elect of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), widely regarded as the leading voice for college campus safety.
As president, Taylor will oversee conferences, high-level meetings, and operations of the IACLEA, which promotes campus safety by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. More than 1,200 colleges and universities in 20 nations maintain membership in the IACLEA. In addition to institutional members, IACLEA has 2,000 individual memberships held by campus law enforcement staff, criminal justice professors, and municipal police chiefs.
Taylor was sworn in as president elect at the annual conference, held recently in Montreal, Canada. His actual term of office as president begins in June 2015.
In his new role, Taylor welcomes opportunities to collaborate with campus law enforcement administrators and officers during rapidly changing times for campus security and law enforcement. “Incidents such as the shootings at Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hooks Elementary School illustrate how campus police today must adapt and learn new training procedures,” he commented. “For the most part, school campuses are environments for learning, training, and research, and are safe places. However, campuses are open environments, and are consequently vulnerable, so campus police must be continually training to deal with all sorts of incidents.”
Chief Taylor noted that because of the constantly changing campus environment, most campus police officers now go through Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and are trained to deal with active shooter situations and other crisis situations.
Taylor’s broad experience in law enforcement will serve him well in his IACLEA leadership role. He has served as a law officer since 1972, beginning as an officer at Arizona State University (ASU). From 1989 to 1993, he served as Chief of Police for the Arizona State Capitol. From 1993 to 1999, he served as Chief of Police at Washington University in Saint Louis. Before coming to San Jacinto College, he served as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for Rice University from 1999 until 2011. He has served as president of the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators, and the Houston Area Police Chiefs Association. He has served for the past six years as IACLEA’s Southwest Region Director. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a master’s degree in public administration from ASU.
Texas State University Police Chief Ralph Meyer, who nominated Taylor for the president position, says Taylor deserves the position and recognition, and will excel as the IACLEA president. “Chief Taylor has been very active in the IACLEA for as long as I have been acquainted with him, which is over 15 years,” Meyer commented. “He is always on the leading edge of the principles and practices of college policing. He has always been an inspiration to other members of the college policing community. He has a great understanding of the students and of the college surroundings. He works tirelessly to make sure that that his college campus is safe at all times.”
As Chief of Police at San Jacinto College, Taylor oversees a department that employs 41 peace officers. The mission of the San Jacinto College police department is to serve and enrich the quality of life for the San Jacinto College community by promoting and maintaining a safe and secure environment. Officers are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The department assists with crime awareness and prevention programs, motorist assistance, campus security patrols, emergency medical response, personal safety escorts, and more.
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