Roderick C. Pullen has been
appointed chief of security for the University of the Virgin
Islands St. Thomas campus. His appointment began August 2nd. As
chief of security, Mr. Pullen is responsible for the safety and
security of UVI students, employees, visitors to the campus, campus
facilities and property.
Chief Pullen comes to UVI from the Community College of Baltimore
County, where he served as chief of public safety, managing three
main campuses and two extension centers for the last six years.
Prior to that, he served as acting chief of campus police,
lieutenant, and chief of police operations at Bowie State
University. Chief Pullen also served 30 years in the Baltimore City
Police Department, where he held positions that included detective
sergeant, deputy district commander, and ultimately, unit commander
of the Criminal Investigations Drug Enforcement Section. He is also
a licensed private investigator.
Chief Pullen holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice
from the University of Baltimore. He has served as a member of the
adjunct faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County and as
an instructor in the Maryland Police and Corrections Training
Commission. Chief Pullen established the first Public Safety
Officer Training Academy in the State of Maryland, which is located
at the Community College of Baltimore County. He was also a
contributing member to the U.S. Department of Education's original
Clery Manual published in 2005.
"The UVI Security Department's goal is to maintain a safe
environment that will facilitate learning," Chief Pullen said.
"When parents entrust their child's safety to the University, it is
a responsibility that I take very seriously. Employees also need to
know that when they come to work they can feel secure. We must be
vigilant and take a pro-active rather than a reactive approach to
In addition to hiring officers to fill current vacancies, Chief
Pullen plans to have more UVI security officers complete training
at the V.I. Police Academy. He plans to strengthen the ties between
UVI and law enforcement agencies by proposing new memoranda of
understanding. UVI's St. Thomas campus borders the airport and
beach; therefore bonds need to be forged with the V.I. Port
Authority Police, as well as the enforcement arm of the V.I.
Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
"Campus safety requires that you establish high standards, demands
that you not settle for less than optimum performance, and you must
constantly raise the bar," Chief Pullen said. "I don't believe that
in the work we do and the responsibilities we undertake that we can
afford to settle for less."