UNC Hires Police Chief From Florida State

David L. Perry, a veteran campus public safety official, is the new assistant vice chancellor and chief of UNC Police. Perry succeeds Jeff McCracken, who retired in July. Perry starts work Sept. 3.

Perry has a 25-year career in law enforcement and campus safety, most recently at Florida State University.

In 14 years at Florida State, Perry introduced several new public safety initiatives, including an Adopt-A-Cop program, which fosters relationships between on-campus students and police on safety matters; and a Citizens Police Academy, an education program that provides students and employees with a behind-the-scenes look at the department and how officers respond to calls for service.

He led safety operations during three hurricanes and directed the response and recovery during an active shooter incident in 2014. Perry previously was deputy chief of police at Clemson University and chief at Albany State University in Albany, Ga.

He has a degree in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration from Albany State.

The UNC department currently employs 53 full-time, sworn police officers and provides patrol services to the campus and University-owned properties.


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