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University Police Chief James D.
Chapman to leave ASU for new position
June 29, 2010
James D. “Jim” Chapman, the head of Arkansas State University’s police
department for the last six years, will leave that post to accept a new
position with Arkansas
Best Freight (ABF) in Little Rock, effective June 30.
will serve as the regional safety and security manager for the ABF
terminals in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Memphis and Jackson, Tenn. He will be based
in Little Rock.
Lt. Randy Martin, who has been with the University Police Department
since 1996, will serve as the interim chief.
“I have certainly enjoyed my time at Arkansas State University,” said
Chapman. “I have been fortunate to work with some good people. I wasn’t
looking for a job, but was contacted by ABF and felt I needed to look
into it. And, Little Rock is my home, so it’s an opportunity to get
Chapman, only the second chief of police in ASU’s history, came on board
July 1, 2004, from the North Little Rock Police Department.
He brought more than 22 years of experience in police work and law
enforcement. While there, he served as a lieutenant and commander of
the training unit. He graduated from the University of Arkansas-Little
Rock with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice.
“Chief Chapman has done an excellent job for Arkansas State University,”
said Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor of Student Affairs. “In today’s
college campus environment, it is crucial to have strong leaders like
Chief Chapman who are highly effective in the job and who are
well-informed and well-trained on new and existing safety practices and
technologies. This new job at ABF is a great opportunity for Jim.”
Stripling went on to say that Chapman has provided effective leadership
and commitment to providing safety for the ASU campus and community.
“We will certainly miss Chief Chapman and his dedication to the safety
and well-being of the ASU campus,” said Dr. Lonnie Williams, associate
vice chancellor of Student Affairs. “He has been steadfast in ensuring
the University Police Department is highly trained in all areas of
safety and law enforcement.”
Under Chapman’s leadership, in 2009, ASU’s University Police Department
(UPD) became the first university police department in the state of
Arkansas to receive full accreditation status by the
International Association of Campus Law
Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). ASU’s police department
completed the three-year process in one-and-a-half years and adopted the
231 standards from IACLEA into the UPD policies and practices and
established documentation that personnel operate according to them.
In June 2007, Chapman graduated from
Arkansas Leader, an
executive management program sponsored annually by the Criminal Justice
Institute of the University of Arkansas System and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI). He was one of 25 law enforcement leaders selected
to be a part of this program.
The Arkansas Leader program meets the educational needs of law
enforcement agency leaders and others within the criminal justice system
and emphasizes leadership, education, advancement of the law enforcement
profession and aids in individual and agency development.
Law enforcement personnel in the management program also learn about the
practical procedures for managing their department as well as the latest
trends, technology and problems affecting society.
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