Texas A&M University-Kingsville

University Police Officers Franco, Perez Honored With Promotions

KINGSVILLE - September 30, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Two members of the University Police Department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were honored with promotions. Lt. Salvador Franco was promoted to captain and Sr. Sgt. Hiram Perez was promoted to lieutenant. Both promotions were effective Sept. 1.

About Salvador Franco

Franco joined the University Police Department in July 1997 as a patrol officer. In addition to his regular duties, he set up all the computers for report writing and other functions for the patrol officers. He renewed his 40-hour firearms instructor certificate and was assigned firearms instructor for the department.

He was promoted to sergeant in September 1998 and assigned as one of the shift supervisors. His primary duties were to supervise his shift. He took charge of vehicle maintenance and mileage logs for the department. He updated the Standard Operating Procedures Manuel and continued utilizing his computer skills to maintain the department computers and assisting other personnel. He also expanded his firearms instruction, training officers from other law enforcement agencies and students.

Franco was promoted to lieutenant in October 2001. As second in command, he became a member of the Crisis Management Team. He supervises all the sergeants and assists Police Chief Sandra Jefferson. He continues maintaining the department computers.

Prior to joining the University Police Department, Franco was an Airport Police Officer and an instructor at Del Mar College. He attained the rank of lieutenant and retired from the Corpus Christi International Airport in 1995 after 23 years of service. During that time, he became an aircraft rescue and fire-fighting instructor and is trained in confined rescue and refinery terminal fire fighting. He attended the Structural Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical Academy and was trained as an advance life support, CPR and first aid instructor.

Franco volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corp in 1964 after graduating from Miller High School in Corpus Christi. He served five years specializing in weapons and training as a sniper. He served two tours of duty in Viet Nam and 15 months in North Africa. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Weapons Expert and Sniper Badge, Outstanding Unit 1 Officer, Viet Nam Service medal with two oak leaf cluster, Viet Nam Campaign, Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry, National Defense, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal and Longevity Medal.

After his discharge from the Marines, he worked for three years as a reserve deputy sheriff in Nueces County.

About Hiram Perez

Perez began working at Texas A&I University as a security guard. In December 1982, he was commissioned as a Texas Police Officer and was promoted to sergeant in February 1994. His rank was changed to senior sergeant in October 2001 and he began overseeing all duties of the sergeants and their shifts. In addition to his duties, he is public relations officer for the University Police Department and is in charge of security details for special events.

In March 2001, Perez was received recognition for his tireless efforts in searching for a faculty member, the late Dr. Joe Graham. Graham, who had an illness that caused him to sometimes loose his memory, could not remember where he lived one day while out walking. Perez would not give up his search and found Graham face down in a puddle in a wooded area near the campus but alive.

Perez was selected Employee of the Year in 2002. He is president of the University Law Enforcement Association; has been team captain for the State Employee Charitable Campaign for five years; is a member of the Staff Council; organizes events, like the Torch Run, that benefit the Special Olympics; works with the Palmer Drug Abuse Program and presents campus safety programs.

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