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 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. In 2014 Perry was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police for Florida State University. His additional responsibilities include overseeing access control and CCTV systems, transportation-parking enforcement and emergency management.
Chief Perry shares his extensive knowledge of the campus law enforcement profession while teaching as an adjutant professor with FSU’s College of Criminology and as a Certified Instructor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. He has provided instruction related to criminal justice to hundreds of students in a traditional instruction setting and online, as well as presenting in-service training courses to campus, city, and county law enforcement agencies.
In addition to serving as the current 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, the Red Cross of the Big Bend and is the current president for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators representing all colleges and universities in 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 Hayes-Perry. They are the proud parents of 3 children.