Angie Lawson is the new chief of Campus Police at Volunteer State Community College. She was promoted to the role from assistant chief after the retirement of William Rogan, who served the college for more than 25 years.
"These are some huge shoes to fill," Lawson said. "Chief Rogan was a fantastic mentor to me. Our focus at the college has always been community policing. Chief Rogan had an open-door policy for the students, faculty and staff. He is such a compassionate listener. We want to be approachable, and have everyone have a positive experience with us, when that is possible."
Chief Lawson has been with Vol State for four years. She joined the college after 12 years of service with the Gallatin Police Department where she worked in patrol and as a court liaison. She received her Law Enforcement Certification in 2001, Basic Criminal Investigations Certification in 2006, and Field Training Officer Certification in 2007. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University.
Lawson says the there are two major areas in which she wants to lead the department. "We're growing our police force in terms of visibility and technology. All of our patrol cars are now outfitted with computers so officers can stay in their vehicles and out on campus when filling out reports. That creates a shorter response time for any new calls."
The Vol State Campus Police force has POST-certified officers who are assisted by security officers. They patrol the Gallatin campus 24 hours-a-day and also serve at Vol State off-campus locations. For more information, visit www.volstate.edu/campuspolice.