UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD




Officer Brett Watkins grew up in Bradenton, Florida where he played football and Olympic weight lifted. After graduating high school in 2001 he went off to college in Boca Raton, Florida at Florida Atlantic University. Realizing that three of the terrorists from the 9/11 attacks actually learned to fly directly adjacent to FAU, Officer Watkins finished up with his Associates and joined the US Navy. Having to wait a little over a year in the delayed entry program he finally headed off to the US Navy in 2005. As a Gunnersmate, Officer Watkins spent 5 years in active duty, traveling all over the US and spending time overseas. Officer Watkins was a small arms repairer and a small arms marksman instructor and crew serve instructor. 
After leaving active duty, Officer Watkins completed his BA in criminology from the University of South Florida. As the economy was dwindling in Florida an old friend told him how Austin’s economy was flourishing and that the city was growing. Office Watkins packed up his belongings and moved to Texas. Another reason for his move was to join the Texas National Guard’s, 1st Battalion 143rd (Airborne) Infantry Regiment, the only Airborne Infantry Regiment in the National Guard which is currently on active jump status. Officer Watkins was lucky to be hired by the University of Texas at Austin and attended the 95th Basic Peace Officer Course.
Officer Watkins has been commissioned for a little over one year and is enjoying his new post as a patrol officer, patrolling UT Austin and the surrounding areas. He enjoys interacting with the campus community and is looking forward to growing within the UT System. Officer Watkins is currently in training for UT Austin’s Counter Assault Strike Team and will be attending Police Bike school in December. He is the current driver for Rescue 170, the System Rapid Response Team emergency rescue response vehicle. In his off time Officer Watkins enjoys spending time with his fiancée and planning their wedding. He also enjoys working in his yard, doing small home improvements to his house, running and hitting the gym.  




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

October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington 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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