Oct. 24, 2012
Northwest emergency management coordinator appointed to state subcommittee for homeland security
Lt. Mike Ceperley, a member of Northwest Missouri State University’s Police Department and the University’s emergency management coordinator, has been appointed by the State Department of Public Safety to the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Missouri Homeland Security Advisory Council (HES-HSAC).
“Being appointed to the Higher Education Subcommittee is quite an honor considering the appointment comes at the recommendation of peers,” Ceperley said. “These are the folks you work with on a daily basis and are leaders, not only across the Northwest campus, but throughout the higher education world. To have their support and recommendations, I feel very blessed.”
A Maryville native, Ceperley joined the University Police Department in 2006 and has served as a field training instructor since 2007. He also serves as the department’s active shooter response instructor and supervises student employees who work on the University’s security team. He was promoted to lieutenant in July and subsequently appointed to serve as the University’s emergency management coordinator.
Ceperley attended Northwest before moving into law enforcement. He joined the Maryville Public Safety Department in 1988 after completing basic law enforcement training in Jefferson City. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1992 and became a field training instructor for the Maryville department. He led it in establishing community-oriented policing efforts and also served as a firearms instructor before leaving Maryville Public Safety in 1999 to work in the private sector.
The HES, which is chaired by Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. David Russell, was established in 2007 at the recommendation of the Task Force on Campus Security to identify best practices and make recommendations for ways to ensure that college campuses throughout the state are as safe as possible.
The HES-HSAC works to address the unique challenges facing college campuses by providing resources and training opportunities related to campus security, specifying health and mental health campus initiatives, identifying funding sources to support campus security enhancements, and developing curricula for professionals in homeland security, among other initiatives.
The HES-HSAC is comprised of 25 members with representatives from state emergency management; local and state law enforcement; fire safety; campus public safety; college and university students, faculty and administrators; mental health and health-related professionals; and information technology specialists.
“I look forward to the opportunity to represent Northwest on this subcommittee and to be a voice for safety and security throughout higher education in Missouri,” Ceperley said. “I think our role is pretty consistent in the fact that our priorities are identifying safety concerns and issues directly related to higher education Institutions and recommending best practices for ensuring and maintaining a safe learning environment.”
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