Top Cop Award Goes to Baylor Dps Chief

Dec. 8, 1999

by Alan Hunt

Jim Doak, director of the Baylor University Department of Public Safety, has been selected as outstanding campus police chief of the year for Texas and New Mexico.

Doak will receive the 1999 Bill G. Daniels Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award presented by the Texas-New Mexico Association of College and University Police Departments. He will be honored today, Dec. 8, at the association's annual awards banquet in South Padre Island.

The award is named for Bill Daniels, a founder of the association, who was chief of police at Texas Tech University until his retirement in 1987. The association includes within its membership more than 100 institutions of higher education in Texas and New Mexico. Doak served as president of the association in 1992.

Before joining Baylor in May 1986, Doak served for six years with the campus police at Southern Methodist University and prior to that he served with the Dallas Police Department.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Baylor Department of Public Safety responds to about 10,000 calls a year in categories ranging from service-related calls to criminal actions. Collectively, the 30-person department has more than 200 years of law enforcement experience. The department operates marked patrol vehicles on campus, a five-member bicycle unit and a Criminal Investigation Division, which consists of two police officers assigned to investigate criminal activity.

Doak said, "This recognition reflects not so much on me, as it does the fact that there is a unique and cohesive group of people who are referred to collectively as the Baylor DPS, who do, what they do, extremely effectively. I am quite proud to be a part of that team. Because of their individual and collective actions, and not so much anything I have done, this recognition has come our way. The fact is that 29 other people deserve an equal share of this."

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