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Release Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:11 PM
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Campus Police Chief Announces Retirement

WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 2013) – Howard University Chief of Police and Executive Director for Safety and Security Leroy K. James will retire on Dec. 31 after nearly six years heading the department.

“I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Howard University family and have worked with many outstanding individuals at all levels of this great University,” said James. “Together, this institution has made tremendous strides in improving its safety and security infrastructure.”

During his tenure, Chief James implemented several safety and security measures, increased public safety personnel, launched multiple security technology projects, and enhanced training for officers. He also built relationships with other area law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department. Howard University has seen a significant decrease in crime since 2008.

“We thank Chief James for his loyal dedication and commitment to Howard University,” said Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Chief Operating Officer. “Today, our campus is a much safer environment, enabling our students to excel and thrive in their academic endeavors.”

A search for a permanent university chief of police is underway.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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