UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month




July 2017

Joe Hernandez

UT Rio Grande Valley PD



I would like to first give all thanks and glory to God, who created all things and who holds everything together.  I thank my wonderful wife Beatrice for all the love and support she has given and continues to give.  I also would like to thank the University of Texas System Police for the opportunity to be part of the UT Nation.  Each day is an honor and privilege to be a part of such a wonderful law enforcement family.  I would like to thank all who supported me and made it possible to be where I am today. 
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and in 2002, I started my UT law enforcement career at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  During the hiring process, the Chief mentioned that UTHSCSA was growing and was starting a campus in the Rio Grande Valley.  The Chief asked me if I would consider going to Valley for just two years to help get it started.  The original plan was to bring me back home to San Antonio.  After the two years were up, I decided to stay in Rio Grande Valley. I saw so much potential for growth here; so, I never returned to San Antonio.  In 2003, I completed the intense bike certification course through The Department of Homeland Security.  Part of the training included a first-place award, to which first place was shared between myself and a border patrol agent.   It wasn’t until after that course that I realized I had a passion for bike patrol. 
In 2017 the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department (UTRGV PD) selected me to attend the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Instructor course. As an instructor, I look forward to certifying our officers and surrounding departments in public safety cycling.  I am also looking forward to bringing new and updated refresher training to our current certified bike officers.  My future goals with the UTRGV PD is to become a certified bike mechanic, so that all our bikes will be maintained and repaired in house.   My second goal is to become certified as a Bicycle Response Team (BRT) member.  UTRGV PD will be the first of its kind to bring these training opportunities to our department and South Texas.  Along with being part of the bike patrol division, I am also part of the UTRGV Medical School.   On a weekly basis, I assist the mobile health unit by providing security detail in plain clothes. The UTRGV Medical School faculty and staff provide free health care to many poverty- stricken colonias throughout the Rio Grande Valley (four counties).         
Outside of work, I enjoy drawing near to God, reading His word, spending quality time with my love ones, and learning how to become a better man, husband, father, son and officer.       
Being in law enforcement at times is very stressful, yet highly rewarding.  I love what I do and wake up each day in hope that I can do my part to make a difference in someone’s life. I strive to find ways to be a better servant to our campus and our community. 
Thank you for choosing me for this tremendous honor.  I am humbled and proud to serve the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession .......law enforcement.
-last sentence from the law enforcement code of ethics.



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

April 2017

Melanie Cleveland

UT Dallas Police Department

May 2017

Eric Johanson

UT Austin PD

June 2017

Amanda Lincoln

UT Houston PD

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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