UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


March 2017

Olimpia Morales

UT Tyler Police Department


I would like to start by saying that it is an honor and a privilege to be part of the UT System family of law enforcement. Thank you for the opportunity to pursue my dream career.  I have worked very hard to be a police officer, one with honor and integrity.  It is an honor to be the UT System Police Officer of the Month.
Ever since I was a small child I wanted to be a police officer.  At age 14 I was a freshman in high school, and was introduced to the Tyler Police Explorers Post 310. I owe a lot of appreciation to all the wonderful City of Tyler police officers who took their time off their busy schedules to be explorer advisors.  And all the other officers who took time to come and teach us these techniques and law enforcement subjects that have come in handy in my police career.  I left the Tyler Police Explorers with a rank of Lieutenant at age 21.  
I was also in John Tyler’s High school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Army (JROTC). My sophomore year in high school I was a cadet, my junior year I ranked First Sergeant and my senior year Executive Officer.
In 2006, I graduated from Tyler Junior College with four associates in; Criminal Justice, Foreign Language-Spanish, General Studies, and Core Complete.  I went on to The University of Texas at Tyler and graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree; Criminal Justice and Spanish in 2012.  I graduated from the Tyler Police Academy in November of 2012 and graduated from the UT System Lateral Academy April 2015.  I worked approximately two years with Tyler Junior College Police Department.  I also have worked as a Dispatcher and PSO.
During my career I have attended many courses, including S.W.A.T. training.   I hold an intermediate certification.  Just last week I finished the Field Training Officer course and I’m eager to continue to grow in my career.  Currently I hold the top gun for firing qualifications for my department.   
Outside of work, I enjoy art, shooting, and my precious time with my kids and family.  Thanks to God for blessing me with my mom, dad, and siblings that have always being there for me. Thanks to my children for being good kids, I work hard to set a good example for them.
I worked hard to become a police officer and I’ve came long way from an ugly divorce in 2007 and being a single mom to recently being promoted to Sergeant. 
I’ll take a little time now to say, with hard work and effort you can achieve anything your heart desires just don’t ever give up and do not let anyone tell you can’t do it.
So thanks again so much to everyone who put their life on the line to protect others.  Thanks for all you do, you make a difference don’t ever forget that.


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


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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