September 2, 2014  

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Dedwylder Chosen to Lead Southern Miss Gulf Coast Police

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Lt. Ben Dedwylder

A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ben Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted last week to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point Cadet and Cedar Point.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the USM Gulf Coast community,” Dedwylder said

Dedwylder’s experience includes stints with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Long Beach Police Department. He will oversee a team of nine security officers at Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus and teaching sites. The division is currently advertising to add another sworn officer to its force.

“Lt. Dewylder was the preferred candidate after we concluded our search for a new leader for University Police on the Gulf Coast,” said University Police Chief Bob Hopkins. “He is a certified officer with a strong record, and has tremendous knowledge of our Long Beach campus and Gulf Coast teaching sites.”

For more information about University Police at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, call 228.214.3430 or visit http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/university-police.