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Texas A&M Police Chief J. Michael Ragan set to retire

The 40-year veteran will retire next month
After 40 years of service to the Texas A&M community, Chief J. Michael Ragan will retire next month
After 40 years of service to the Texas A&M community, Chief J. Michael Ragan will retire next month(KBTX)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 10:45 AM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Texas A&M Police Chief J. Michael Ragan is retiring next month after serving the university and Aggie community for more than 40 years.

Chief Ragan devoted his career to making one of the largest universities in the country a safe and welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

A part of the Texas A&M class of 1982, Chief Ragan has worked his way up the ladder to get to the top job. Over the last four decades, he worked in a variety of positions, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Police Captain
  • Assistant Police Chief – 1984-2013
  • Interim Police Chief - 2013
  • Director and Chief of Police – 2013-2020

Chief Ragan was responsible for many accomplishments and developments in his career including the following:

  • Led the Department to its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) in 2014 and its first re accreditation in 2017
  • Added three K-9 teams with expertise in explosives
  • Established a “bait bike” program to reduce bicycle theft
  • Implemented the Mobile Field Force Training in conjunction with local municipal and county law enforcement agencies
  • Implemented various community outreach programs such as Coffee with a Cop and residence hall floor hall talks
  • Approved the use of technology to advance the department in training, electronic ticket writers and license plate recognition
  • Started the UPD Twitter account making it one of the most followed university police accounts in the nation with over 39,000 followers

Chief Ragan has also served the greater police community at-large. He has served in a number of positions administrating and advising campus police departments across the nation. Including:

  • Southwest Regional Director for the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators – 2014-2020
  • Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators – President & Board Member
  • Texas Police Chiefs Association Affiliates Representative for the Council of Texas A&M university Law Enforcement Administrators – 2017-2020
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service Criminal Justice Academy Advisory Board – member
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police – member
  • Awarded the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators Bill G. Daniels Outstanding Administrator Award
  • Awarded Outstanding Crime Prevention Manager for four consecutive years by the Texas Crime Prevention Association

Members of the Texas A&M community say his service to the university over the last 40 years has been invaluable and he will be missed.

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