UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

Wayne Smith

Lieutenant Wayne Smith started law enforcement in 2006 with the UT Police – Houston and attended BPOC 81.  In previous relevant experience he served in the United States Marine Corps infantry as a machine gunner, team/squad leader and in security forces from 1994 to 1998.  He was stationed at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Washington and guarded special weapons for the US Navy submarine fleet.  Wayne deployed to Japan and Korea on unit deployments with 2/6 Marines.   He earned his bachelor degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State in Huntsville.
Currently, Wayne is assigned as UTP-Houston Bastrop/Smithville Campus as a Lieutenant.  The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research in Smithville is home to the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, MD Anderson's largest basic science department which employs over three hundred staff members.  The Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop is home to the Department of Veterinary Sciences and employs just under two hundred staff members.  Combined, both facilities are over 1100 acres and are approximately twenty miles apart which present interesting challenges for law enforcement and security.  Wayne enjoys leading an awesome team of UT Police professionals dedicated to the mission of keeping both facilities safe and secure while they tackle their mission of Making Cancer History.
Wayne has attended multiple instructor level classes including shoot house, FLETC Reactive Shooter, FLETC Firearms, handcuffing and baton and firearms.  He has also attended SMU Tactical Operators course, Houston PD Special Response Group, Texas DPS SWAT/Ranger SRT training,  FBI Mechanical Breaching, Dignitary/VIP protection, TCOLE Instructor, hostage and barricade suspect situations for commanders, Force Science certifications course and others.
Wayne was a member of UT Police – Houston’s Special Response Team beginning in 2008 and was an original member of the UT System SRRT in 2011 when it was founded.  He participated in several major operations and deployed to UTMB in support after Hurricane Ike.  In 2013 Wayne was high shooter in attendance at the two weeks FLETC Firearms Instructor Training Program at Glynco and in 2014 was 1st Place Individual Shooter at the Chancellors Cup pistol match.  He was instrumental in rolling out UT Police Houston’s patrol rifle program and ensuring that the leadership’s vision for the program was fully implemented.  For this he received a commendation.  Wayne was also named in the citation for the UTP-Houston’s NTOA Spirit Award in 2014 for the same.
Wayne has been married for twelve years to his beautiful wife Michelle and has a seven year old daughter Gillian that keeps him busy.  They recently relocated to the country so he could transfer to the Bastrop/Smithville Campus.  They enjoy raising livestock, fishing and outdoor activities when time allows.
“To all my fellow officers I say WE ARE LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES!  We owe it to our fellow officers and the people we serve to be prepared and to be above reproach.  Keep your heads on a swivel and do the right thing.  It’s not our official motto, but it’s still a great one…Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful.”



Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month


April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American


January 2015

Robert Major

UT San Antonio PD

February 2015

Adela Leal

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

March 2015

Jacob Corbitt

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD

November 2014

John Morrison

UT Arlington PD

December 2014

Jason Rask

UT Austin PD

July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

September 2014

Stacey Rotunno

UT Dallas PD


April 2014

Gordon Firth

UT Dallas PD

May 2014

John Armstead

UT Houston PD

June 2014

Rey Trevino

UT Brownsville PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD

February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD

March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD

December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD


April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD

February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD

December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD

August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD

September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD

May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD

June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD




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