Grambling hires a new chef, assistant. chief of police

GRAMBLING, Louisiana (KSLA) – The information below was provided by Grambling State University:

Grambling State University (GSU) is bolstering campus security with the hiring of a new Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of University Police.

Rodney L. Demery, an American author, television host and retired detective from the Shreveport Police Department, will take over as chief of the Grambling State University Police Department (GSUPD) while longtime Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department Deputy and Southern University New Orleans Police Department Lieutenant Albert Ernest will become the new Deputy Chief of Police for the GSU.

The duo will officially begin working at GSU on June 6.

As GSU Chief of Police, Demery will be responsible for leading the university’s police department to provide a safe and secure higher education environment, working closely with campus and community partners, as well as with university leaders, including President Richard J. Gallot, Jr. and the Chief Operating Officer. Officer Dr. Penya M. Moses, to develop and improve ongoing crime prevention, safety, security and community engagement strategies.

“Demery has a strong commitment to community service and involvement. His broad platform to enhance policing strategies around community needs that engage diverse perspectives on public safety issues will prove beneficial to our faculty, staff, and students,” said Gallot. .

An accomplished law enforcement leader for more than 30 years, Demery began his command experience serving our country in the United States Navy on Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. As a veteran, Demery deepened his command experience as a police chief with the Beaver Falls City Police Department in Pennsylvania.

Demery is also a well-known crime department and police commentator appearing on numerous local, national and international broadcasts, including television, radio and podcasts.

He has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency, Louisiana State Police, multiple police and sheriff departments, multiple task forces and has a worldwide reputation for enforcement. of the law. “[Rodney] Demery believes he is well positioned to promote officer training and foster resources that will enable the GSUPD to better proactively and reactively protect the university community,” Moses said. “His military training combined with his personal tragedies will bridge the gap to move the GSUPD forward with a greater level of service and commitment.”

Demery’s career in law enforcement includes emergency operations, extensive undercover work, as well as investigations in the following areas: sex crimes, burglaries, armed robberies and narcotics. He is SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Certified, Firearms Expert, Certified Officer Shooting Expert, Former Navy Weapons Master, Former Military Policeman, Certified Hostage Negotiator experienced and is correctional certified.

Demery’s diverse career includes serving as a Special Homicide Investigator for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office on Homicide and Conviction Integrity.

He also has administrative oversight experience leading a cold case team in Atlanta that involved closing decades-old sexual assault and homicide cases. Demery’s experience in special event operations includes protective and security services for NBA basketball players.

He hosted an unprecedented three seasons of “Investigation Discovery, Murder Chose Me”, a television series highlighting his distinguished career in law enforcement.

Demery recently wrapped filming a second television show where he is a host and investigator for a documentary about ancient murders in the United States and across Europe. He is also a published author and has had two best-selling books on Amazon Kindle.

“I am honored to serve Grambling State University in this important role,” Demery said. “I look forward to partnering with the entire University and with our law enforcement partners to continue to improve the safety of our university.”

Demery holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. His mother was murdered as a child and his brother is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

“My whole life story has prepared me to be the chief of police of the GSUPD,” Demery said. “Some things you can learn in college and some things you have to actually experience. And for me, I believe that overcoming the tragedy was preparation for my career. I felt pain, so I can definitely empathize with people. I know the police and what they need to be effective on the job. I am a parent and I know what is expected when you send your child to college. I know exactly how they feel.

Albert Ernest began his 20-plus year law enforcement career as a deputy in the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans. He served with the University of Southern New Orleans (SUNO) Police Department for 19 years, rising through the ranks of police officer, sergeant and lieutenant, working various assignments in patrol, investigation and administration throughout the department and the university before joining the GSUPD. .

During his service at SUNO, Deputy Chief Ernest held the positions of Professional Standards and Accreditation Manager, Clery Compliance Manager, Technology Specialist, Career Development Manager, Emergency Manager, Internal Affairs Manager, Grants Writer and Archives Manager.

“We are restructuring the GSUPD,” Gallot said. “We are delighted that Deputy Chief Ernest brings a diverse background in campus security unique to higher education institutions.”

Ernest attended Southern University in New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems in 2016 and a Masters in Criminal Justice in 2019. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police Staff and Command.

Ernest has received numerous awards and recognitions for outstanding service and excellence in police administration and has also received commendations for outstanding service and is a National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Certified Active Shooting Instructor from Louisiana State University and risk manager in the Gulf States. Regional Center for Public Safety Innovations. Ernest also attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women and currently holds a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

He also holds other certifications in leadership, investigations, policy development, and emergency preparedness, and has secured funding for various community and campus safety initiatives from state and federal partners through writing. of grants.

“I strive to promote a community engagement leadership style that emphasizes smart, partnership-focused strategies involving academic stakeholders and diverse members of the community and criminal justice system,” said Ernest.

Ernest is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP), the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Communications Committee and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“I am confident in the new direction the GSUPD is taking,” said Moses. “Deputy Chief Ernest’s policing experience and use of technology will advance GSUPD’s overall service to faculty, students, and staff to foster a safer and more secure campus environment.”

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