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Jackson State names new police chief

March 22, 2022 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University has a new chief in charge of its police department.

JSU named Herman Horton to lead its Department of Public Safety, the school announced in a news release Tuesday. Horton is the former police chief for Hinds Community College in Utica and is the former director of training for the Jackson Police Department. He also served as dignitary protection for former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. from 2010 to 2013.

A Jackson native, Horton is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant with 28 years of service in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army, where he served as a military police instructor, investigator, drill sergeant, deputy inspector general and Army battle command training evaluator.

“I could not be more honored to serve and protect at my alma mater – Jackson State University,” said Horton. “Ensuring the safety of our campus community is my primary mission, and I intend to accomplish this through collaboration and listening to the needs of the community.”

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Horton’s duties will include developing the vision and mission of the department and oversight of the functions and services of Campus Police.

Michael Bolden, executive director of campus operations, said Horton’s extensive law enforcement experience “brings a fresh perspective to the role.”

“With the heightened profile of HBCUs, JSU in particular, and the nationwide focus on law enforcement methods, we are looking to revamp and reimagine campus policing, and I am confident that Chief Horton will do just that,” Bolden said.