University at Albany

Excellence in Support 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. One staff member received this tribute in 2011 for Excellence in Support Service.

Holly Barker-FlynnBrett McLaughlinUniversity Police Department

Brett McLaughlin embodies the idea that police officers are not part of an outside force, but vital members of the University and community. He is known for his great personal and professional integrity, and is well suited to a career where teaching and mentoring comprise a greater role than just enforcing laws.

Mr. McLaughlin regularly takes on extra roles too numerous to list here: He is a member of the color guard, representing the department in full dress uniform at funerals and campus functions. He is a Field Training officer, providing orientation and mentoring to newly hired officers. He is a member of the bicycle patrol, an integral part of the effort to reach out to the university community. He works closely with residential life staff to educate students and hold them accountable to community standards. He cares about the well-being of students—even the challenging ones. Students who have met him make comments like “that cop was a pretty good guy” or “he treated me fairly”. He knows they are developing adults. One of his roles is to educate and assist with that development.

Officer McLaughlin leads the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, a self-defense and safety awareness program for men and women. Under his supervision, RAD has increased its courses for students, faculty and staff, and provides training to police and public safety personnel from surrounding communities, colleges and universities. He started RADkids, offering training to children to prevent abduction and sexual abuse. He is an example of going ‘above and beyond’ to carry out the university’s longstanding commitment to community engagement. Because of his dedication, our RAD program has been recognized nationally as a model for what community policing can be.


Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.