Two newest CUPD officers sworn in Thursday in special ceremony
The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) officially welcomed its two newest officers Thursday.
In a ceremony held in the multi-purpose room at Ravenel Center Place — CUPD’s new off-campus headquarters — Interim Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen presented badges to Tyler Brown and Samantha Butts after a swearing-in and oath acceptance.
“One of the most important times in an officer’s career is when he or she is sworn in, because you are accepting a significant responsibility and accountability,” Mullen said. “I challenge you to keep this badge just as shiny in 25 or 30 years, when you retire, as it is today. That will mean you’ve served this profession and your community well, and that you’ve been a good, faithful police officer.”
Brown and Butts were joined Thursday by their families as well as several members of CUPD.
“I’m glad your families were on hand, because they are a part of us now as well,” Mullen told his newest team members. “They are an integral part of your support system. Because we also had a good turnout of officers supporting you today, it indicates they’re happy you’re joining us as well.”
Brown hails from nearby Central, South Carolina and is the latest in a long line of family members to enter the law enforcement profession. He previously was a member of the Pickens County Explorer Post, which provides academic and practical training for youth ages 14 through 21 pursuing future careers in law enforcement.
“I’m super excited because this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Brown said. “It’s surreal to go through this ceremony today, knowing I leave Sunday for training.”
Brown and Butts are bound for Columbia, where they will begin a 12-week basic law enforcement training curriculum at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Following graduation on September 14, the new officers will go through a nine-week field training program to reinforce the academy’s teachings.
Butts, who was born and raised in nearby Westminster, was a correctional officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office before joining CUPD. A lifelong Clemson fan, she cannot wait to get started.
“I was able to use my time as a correctional officer as a stepping stone toward this path,” Butts said. “I look forward to my time at the academy, especially graduation, so that I can return and be out on the road, working events and getting to know the folks on campus.”