In the Spotlight
We are pleased to shine the spotlight on UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. Chief Beary was one of five officers to be recently inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Hall of Fame on May 20, 2017. The nominees were approved for induction by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet. Chief Beary will now have a permanent place inside Florida’s State Capitol.
Chief Beary has had a distinguished career in law enforcement spanning 40 years, and he celebrates 10 years with the UCF police department this summer. Chief Beary graduated from the police academy at Seminole State College at 18 and at the time was the youngest police officer in Florida. He first worked for the Altamonte Springs Police Department and then became the police chief of Lake Mary before joining UCF as Chief.
Chief Beary has served as president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He has provided testimony before Congress, the Florida Legislature, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Chief Beary can now add this recent induction to the hall of fame to his distinguished career. We are proud to highlight this award that exemplifies his continued service and commitment to the university and the community in which he serves.