University police chief joins Homeland Security Commission

4/18/2007 7:00:00 AM

University Police Chief Adam Garcia was recently appointed to the Nevada Homeland Security Commission by Gov. Jim Gibbons. Garcia is among three new members to the commission, including Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Garcia has been involved in homeland security training and has served as an instructor for the handling of weapons of mass destruction. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the Executive Board as well as the Homeland Security Committee of the IACP. He has been with the University for five years.

As a part of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, Garcia will take part in reviewing and making recommendations on legislation funding for Homeland Security initiatives for the state. Garcia said some of benefits of being part of this committee include the ability to take part in the direction of Nevada's emergency response system and the privilege of working to promote a proactive community. Garcia also appreciates the ability to bring forth a voice from the perspective of the university system.

"We have thousands of students, faculty and staff and numerous chemicals and potential hazards," Garcia said. "Having that voice is extremely important from my perspective."

Garcia's appointment will expire in 2009. At that time he will be eligible for reappointment at the governor's discretion.

"It's an honor to serve Governor Gibbons and the people of Nevada," Garcia said. "I look forward to being able to represent the citizens of Nevada, law enforcement and the Nevada System of Higher Education."


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