Feb 24, 2009

Hinkley heads the force

by Drew Menard

Col. RichardHinkley was named Liberty University Police Department (LUPD)’s new Chief of Police last week, after former Chief Howard Gregory retired.

Hinkley has experienced almost every aspect of LUPD since he first joined the department nearly 30 years ago. 

“I have seen this department grow and become the professional organization it is today,” Hinkley said. “Doing just about every job within the department, has given me a great perspective on what is required of officers and how things need to be accomplished.”

While studying at Liberty in 1979, Hinkley worked as an unarmed security guard. After graduating two years later with a degree in Youth Ministry, Hinkley continued with the department, eventually earning the rank of lieutenant.

In 1990 he left Liberty to serve with the Clinton County Sherriff’s Office in New York, working first as a corrections officer, and then as a deputy, according to the Liberty Journal.

Hinkley returned to Liberty in 1996, serving with patrol, training, K-9, supervision, administration and assuming the role of School Resource Officer for Liberty Christian Academy.

“(Working as Resource Officer) was a great learning experience that gave me the skills to work with people on a level other that strictly enforcement,” Hinkley said.

His experience was acknowledged last year when he was promoted to the rank of Major and made responsible for the training and supervision of all the administrative functions of LUPD, according to the Liberty Journal.

As the new Chief of Police, Hinkley strives to promote excellence in the department by “maintaining a professional police and security force” that is well prepared for any emergency.

“We have a great group of officers that are dedicated and doing a great job. We will work on the little things to make it even better,” Hinkley said.


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