UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD



Lieutenant Diego N. Mata was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas.  Upon completing high school, he enlisted in the U.S.  Army and graduated from Ft. Benning, GA as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for his Company and earned the title of “Infantryman”.  He later pursued a Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Texas- Pan American and received his Baccalaureate Degree in 2001 with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Military Science.

In 2001, he was activated in wake of the 09/11 terrorist attacks and was mobilized for “Operation Noble Eagle” for one year and conducted a Force Protection mission within the continental US.

In 2003, LT Mata was accepted into the UTSP Academy and at the same time attended the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS).

In 2003, LT Mata graduated from the Police Academy and was assigned as a Patrol Officer for the University of Texas- Pan American Police Department.

In 2004, LT Mata received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.

LT Mata was assigned to the 236th Military Police Company (MP CO) as a Platoon Leader and in 2005 completed the Military Police Officer’s Basic Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

In 2006, LT Mata was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of the UTPA Police Department.

In 2008, LT Mata was activated with the 236th MP CO, deployed to Iraq and served as the Executive Officer for his Company that was responsible for the training and mentoring of all Iraqi Police in the  Cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

LT Mata retuned from his tour of duty in 2009 and was nominated by his peers as the UTPA PD Officer of the Year.


In 2011, LT Mata became a member of the UT System Rapid Response Team. LT Mata is currently serving as the Asst. Team Leader of the Rio Grande Valley Squad. He has since been deployed to several real world deployments throughout the State to include a multi-agency rescue operation that freed several underage females that were being sexually assaulted and were destined to enter the sex trafficking trade.

In summer of 2012, LT Mata was activated with Joint Task Force 136, deployed to Afghanistan and served as a member of the Police Advisory Team that trained and mentored more than 3,500 Afghan Uniformed Police in the City of Kabul with a population of over 6 million people.

LT Mata holds a Master Peace Officer License, Basic SWAT Certification, Interview and Interrogation Certification, Instructor Certification, Criminal Investigator Course, Crime Scene Investigation Course, Internal Affairs, and FBI LEEDA Supervisor’s course.

LT Mata’s military awards include:  (2)Bronze Star Medals (Iraq/Afghanistan); Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Army Reserve Component Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Global War on Terrorism Medal.


Lt. Mata currently serves as a Captain in the Texas Army National Guard and is assigned to Joint Task Force 136, the Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region 6.  Their mission is providing the initial military assets in the event of a terrorist attack on other catastrophic event.



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


July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio 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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