Wake Forest University Police Department announces annual awards and honorees

The Wake Forest University Police Department (UPD) held its annual awards ceremony virtually on Jan. 28 to recognize staff and campus and community partners for their contributions to the department and its mission.

“Keeping our campus safe is a shared responsibility, and it takes all of us working together to make that happen. That is why campus and community partners are so important,” said Wake Forest University Police Chief Regina Lawson.

The UPD presented the WFU Office of Residence Life and Housing with the “Campus Partner Award” for its dedicated support and collaboration amid the pandemic. Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Dean of Residence Life and Housing, Matt Clifford accepted the award on behalf of the staff.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management team was recognized with the “Community Partner Award.”

UPD staff honorees include:

  • Communications Officer Thomas Harris – “Communications Officer of the Year”
  • Security Officer John Smith – “Security Officer of the Year”
  • Officer J.B. Davis – “Police Officer of the Year”
  • Security Supervisor Chris Batista – “Best Team Player”
  • Paul Hudson – “Going the Extra Mile COVID Award”
  • Officer Jeff Holleman – “Thomas W. Slater Jr. RAD (Rape Aggression Defence) Award,” in recogition of his dedication to the program and service as an instructor
  • Emergency Services Manager Chauncey Bowers – “James Worthington Award,” which recognizes overall excellence in emergency services management

Honorees appear below in order from top left to bottom right.

Two rows of headshots, showing WFU University Police Department staff Thomas Harris, John Smith, J.B. Davis, Chris Batista, Paul Hudson, Jeff Holleman and Chauncey Bowers, with the UPD logo in the top right corner