UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD


I was 19 years old when I started my career as a police dispatcher and where I fell in love with law enforcement.  In 1997, I was within the age requirement to enroll in the 76Th Basic Peace Officer’s Academy at Tarrant County College.

After graduation, I began my career in 1998 as a patrol police officer with Westworth Village Police Department, located west of downtown Fort Worth, TX.  While at Westworth Village Police Department, I was given the opportunity to acquire and exercise the fundamental skills needed to be a well diverse officer and opportunity to promote to Corporal. During my tenure with Westworth Village Police, I was given the “additional assigned task” to promote the Neighborhood Watch program. I am thankful I received that task, because my eyes were opened to what Community-Oriented Policing really was.  

In 2004, I was hired by Saginaw Police Department, located north of Fort Worth, TX. While serving with Saginaw Police, I was afforded the opportunity to work in several positions within the department. I served as a patrol officer, before given the opportunity to serve as the Police Department’s Community Services Officer and Evidence Custodian. I developed and coordinated community efforts in building Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the city while at the same time learning the responsibilities of the Department’s Property and Evidence Custodian. I learned during this time in my career, to be detailed oriented, take advantage of training, and view challenges as learning opportunities.  I attended a Basic Hostage Negotiations training hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators (TAHN). Upon completion, I served as a member and coordinated training for the Police Department’s Crisis Negations Team. My time and experiences gained while I was with Saginaw Police Department was a treasure with many rewards. The departments’ motto “Excellence in Policing” will forever be engrained in my actions as a law enforcement officer.  

In 2010, I relocated to the Texas Hill Country area and with the support of my husband and family, I began my career in 2012 with the University of Texas System Police and UT San Antonio. I was assigned to 3rd shift patrol and I attended the 3rd UT System Police Lateral Academy. In early 2014, I interviewed and was selected to be assigned to the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit. I served as a Crime Prevention Officer and Crime Victim Liaison. I received the UTSA Business Affair “Celebrating Excellence Award” in 2014. In June of this year, I was promoted to Corporal and continue to serve in the Crime Prevention Unit. Over the past year, I have learned more about the importance of victim interviewing and about the resources available for victims of violent crimes. I encourage law enforcement officers to develop victim-centered approaches while conducting interviews with victims of violent crimes. Resources such as brochures, online training, webinars, training conferences and courses are provided by county, state, and federal entities to assist with developing these skills.

Building lines of communications with the community and networking with others is a much needed valuable resource in policing. I continue to learn more about resources available by serving as an active member of the Alamo Area Crime Prevention Association (AACPA), San Antonio area TX DoT Traffic Jam Coalition Committee, UTSA Staff Council Committee, and Bexar County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).


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


July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston 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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