Chief David L. Perry

Florida State University’s Chief of Police, David L. Perry, has worked in law enforcement since 1993. He began his career as a police officer for the Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia where he quickly rose to the rank of investigator then transferred to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.

At age 26, he was appointed Chief of Police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. From 2003 to 2006 Perry served as the Deputy Chief of Police for Clemson University. In 2006, David accepted the position as Chief of Police for Florida State University (FSU).

As FSU’s Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police, his responsibilities include overseeing safety, police and security services on campuses in Panama City Florida, Sarasota Florida and the Florida State University School (K-12) in addition to his main campus responsibilities. The FSU Police Department currently has 67 sworn officers and a number of security and administrative personnel at each location. His responsibilities also include overseeing access control and CCTV systems, transportation–parking enforcement and emergency management.

In addition to serving as the immediate past President for the North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, David is a dedicated board member for the Florida Police Chiefs Association where he serves as the 3rd vice president, the Red Cross of the Big Bend and is the immediate past president for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators representing colleges and universities around the world.

David is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (1993). He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Albany State University (2002) and is currently enrolled in the PhD program for Educational Leadership at Florida State University. He has also completed the basic police recruit training academies in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

He is currently an active member of Rhema Word Cathedral Ministries in Albany Ga. His hobbies include traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. David is married to Tanya Perry. They are the proud parents of 3 children.

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