FLORENCE – While most people encounter police in a negative crisis situation, there is an important part of the Francis Marion University campus police force dedicated to programs that build positive relationships and deter crime.
Officer Alan A. Sayre represents this breed of police officer who embodies the spirit of preventive policing. For his efforts, Sayre was recently named the 2009 Campus Safety Officer of the Year by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE). Sayre was recognized for earning this honor at the 2009 joint conference of the South Carolina Higher Education Foundation (SCHEF), South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) and South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association (SCCLEA). He received the award at the May meeting of the SCCHE.
“Many of us have long recognized that Alan is one of the best police officers in the state. This award simply confirms it,” said FMU President Fred Carter.
Sayre, who joined the FMU campus police force in 2006, has been a key member of FMU’s alcohol education program, which teaches students that their actions have consequences. He was responsible for the installation of emergency lighting systems in all campus patrol vehicles. To enhance officer safety, Sayre obtained prisoner barriers through a donation by one of FMU’s sister police agencies. Based on his previous experience, Sayre trains all student dispatchers and emphasizes the importance of obtaining accurate and concise information to relay to patrol officers.
In addition to his service to the campus community, Sayre serves on two community task forces: the 12th Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Network (LEN) and the Alcohol Enforcement Team, Circle Park Prevention Services. These groups work to improve the safety of students and the Florence area community.
FMU Campus Police Chief Richard J. Austin describes Sayre as an energetic member of FMU’s Campus Police Department who goes beyond the call of duty in keeping the FMU community safe.
“His patrol style is aggressive but tempered by his ability to interact with the public in a way that some more seasoned officers may find difficult to emulate,” Austin said. “Officer Sayre has a knack for dealing with members of the off-campus community, as well as faculty, staff and students at Francis Marion, by going out of his way to help whenever possible.”