Three new UMass Police Department officers were sworn in July 17 by Chief John Horvath during ceremonies attended by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Jim Sheehan.
Officers Kurt Wilkins, Luke Rennie and Alexandra Wysocki took the oath as about 40 family members, friends and UMPD personnel looked on.
“This is an important day for our department. These new officers will provide support, new perspectives and an increased level of energy and enthusiasm,” said Horvath. “They are intelligent, reliable and dedicated. All of these officers possess the skills to be successful in careers in law enforcement.”
“The police play a vital role in the safety and security of our campus,” said Subbaswamy. “Every encounter with the administration is an educational opportunity for students. Our campus police department really takes that responsibility seriously.”
Sheehan added, “I’m confident these new officers will contribute to the safety and security of our community.”
Wilkins comes to UMPD after serving as a part-time officer for the past two and half years in Deerfield, Shelburne and Greenfield. He received his bachelor’s degree in crime and justice studies at UMass Dartmouth in 2011 and graduated from the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy.
Rennie has been a reserve officer in Belchertown since 2011 and last month completed the basic recruit training at the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy, where he won two awards, including recognition as the outstanding officer recruit. A graduate of Westfield State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Rennie was a high school intern at UMPD in 2009 and a police cadet from 2009-12.
Wysocki also completed her basic recruit training at the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy last month. During the past 10 years, she has worked a child support enforcement specialist for the state Department of Revenue, a court advocate for the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties in Rhode Island, and as a detectives unit and prosecution intern for the Bristol, R.I. Police Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University.
The three are currently training with experienced UMPD officers.