University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2010 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Tom KilcullenPolice Department

Tom Kilcullen first joined SUNY as a Public Safety Officer for the System Administration Office in 1980. He transferred to the UAlbany campus in 1982, and advanced steadily through the ranks to his current post as Deputy Chief of Police in 2009. He oversees the administrative elements of UPD in addition to directing the patrol operations for the 75 member force. Tom has a long history as an innovator in law enforcement. Long before “community policing” came into fashion, he understood the value of police-community collaboration, and through his efforts the UAlbany Police Department’s crime prevention specialist worked tirelessly to educate the University community to protect itself from crime. Eventually he wrote the curriculum used for training crime prevention specialists throughout the nine county region served by the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Academy. Another example of Tom’s innovation is his work to create the UAlbany bicycle patrol unit. He overcame initial reluctance, secured funding for equipment, and convinced fellow officers and management of the value of this approach for improving mobility, responsiveness, and accessibility. Each summer UPD now sponsors New York State certified training in this area for police agencies across the State. The Department’s web-site, patrol car paint schemes, leadership in providing training for Capital Region college public safety and security personnel, and the “Knock and Lock” community outreach program, were all influenced by Tom’s vision, dedication, and service orientation. We are pleased to recognize this outstanding record of impact and achievement by presenting the 2010 Excellence Award for Professional Service to Mr. Tom Kilcullen.

Excellence in Professional Service

    Mary McCarthy
Steve Galime
Arts and


Mary McCarthy
Social Welfare

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