UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


April 2017

Melanie Cleveland

UT Dallas Police Department


When I began my career in 1984 at the Odessa Police Department, I had no idea that criminal justice would be more than a job – it would become my passion. I am Investigative Specialist Melanie Cleveland with the University of Texas at Dallas. After over 8 years in Odessa, I knew that law enforcement was what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. I soaked up everything I could. (When my job was slow, I read the Texas Penal Code!) After leaving Odessa, I served with the Randall County Sheriff’s office in the Texas panhandle, which led to an investigative position with the Randall County District Attorney’s office. There I assisted in a capital murder case, among others, learning a great deal about investigating cases as they progressed through the court system. My experience in investigations continued as I served in the United States Secret Service as an Investigative Assistant in the Dallas Field Office Counterfeit Squad, promoting to Senior Investigative Assistant before returning to Amarillo to rejoin my husband, a career firefighter and paramedic, who had remained in the panhandle.
I later joined the Amarillo Police Department where I soon promoted to investigator, a non-sworn position in the Juvenile Division. In this position, I investigated all runaway cases. With sometimes over 100 new cases per month, I quickly gained experience in this rewarding, and often very challenging, assignment.
Continually blessed in my life, God led me to UT Dallas where I serve in the Criminal Investigation Division. I enjoy the search for suspects who target our campus, students, staff and faculty. In my time with UT, I have successfully developed numerous cases, recently identifying and locating a wanted felon; several individuals involved in continuous theft offenses; and have located stolen property. In addition to my investigative caseload and case review, I also serve in the property room as a technician. During my career, I have attended numerous training courses and seminars, including those focused on investigation, and recently attended a week of evidence-related training. I am proud to have received an Associate’s degree in 2001 and a Bachelor degree in 2014, with a 4.0 GPA - while working full-time and raising a family. With diligence, dedication, and prayer, anything is possible.
My husband of 40 years, my two children (one of whom is a police sergeant) and their families, complete my personal life.
With over 17 years of law enforcement experience – federal, county, municipal, and now with the UT system - I have sometimes seen a divide between sworn and non-sworn staff. Non-sworn staff members do not usually stand arm-in-arm with officers on the front lines, but rest assured that they always stand strong behind them. All on the same team, in different positions, but working together toward the same goal. We all work diligently to make the world a better place for those we serve.
Thank you for choosing me for this tremendous honor. I am humbled and proud to serve the UT system at the Dallas campus.



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

January 2017

Colin Slott

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2017

Stuart Alexander

UT Health Northeast - Tyler PD

March 2017

Olimpia Morales

UT Tyler PD

October 2016

Michael Redmond

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2016

Shawn Smith

UT San Antonio PD

December 2016

Hector Martinez

UT Medical Branch - Galveston PD

July 2016

Van Slusser

UT Rio Grande PD

August 2016

Alicia Dockens

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

September 2016

Arthur Barrera


April 2016

Wayne Coffey

UT Austin PD

May 2016

Pete Hensgen

UT El Paso PD

June 2016

Ronnie Johnson

UT Medical Branch Galveston PD

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD

March 2016

Bill Zimmerman

UT Arlington 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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