UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD


My name is Wesley Braunsdorf.  I was born in Texas City, Texas and graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1997.  After graduating from high school, I joined the Air Force where I was a member of the 31st Security Forces and spent my time in Aviano, Italy.  After my discharge from the military, I attended Alvin Community College where I received my basic Peace Officer license and began working at the Hitchcock Police Department as a Reserve Officer. 

In November 2001, I began my career at the University of Texas Medical Branch as a guard until I was selected to attend the UT Police Academy in 2003.  After becoming a Commissioned Officer, I was assigned to work the Patrol Division.  While working patrol, I was tasked with bike patrol and Field Training Officer duties.  I was then assigned to work in the Criminal Investigation Division where I was part of a three man unit.  Later that year, I began a new partnership with the City of Galveston’s Police Department working with their Vice and Narcotics Unit. While working vice and narcotics, I was part of several undercover operations, search warrant executions, and still to this day the largest marijuana bust in Galveston County which was estimated to be over 1 million dollars street value.

After my time with the Vice and Narcotics Unit was completed, I returned to CID and was informed our department was starting a canine unit.  It had always been a dream of mine to be a canine handler.  I applied for the position and was selected as the first UTMB Canine Officer.  Upon completion of my training classes and certifications, I immediately began reaching out to other departments in the county to start networking with them. 

Canine Noey and I having been part of several felony high risk warrant executions, suspicious packages, bomb threats, violent offender suspect tracking, and the public relations that go along with it. My dream has become a reality that I get to enjoy every day.

I am truly honored to have been chosen for this award and I am proud to be part of such an excellent team of officers at UTMB PD.



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

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD


October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington PD

December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD

July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston PD

August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD

September 2015

Brian Kneisley

UT Permian Basin PD

April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American

June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

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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