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August WashingtonAugust Washington

Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief of Police

University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Bachelors in Behavioral Science
Grambling State University, Masters Degree in Criminal Justice

Chief Washington is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.


Honey PikeHoney Pike

Assistant Chief of Police, Auxiliary Services Division

Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelors in Criminal Justice
Nashville School of Law – Doctor of Jurisprudence

Assistant Chief Pike is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Women Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Tennessee Bar Association.


Joseph Bishop

Assistant Chief of Police, Operations Services Division

Tennessee State University, Bachelors in Criminal Justice
Cumberland University, Masters in Public Service Management

Assistant Chief Bishop is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.


Penny TemplePenny Temple

Director, Finance and Administration

Aquinas College – Associate in Police Science

Penny is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.  She currently serves on the Vanderbilt Credit Union Supervisory Committee.  Penny has been with the Vanderbilt University Police Department since 1973.


Vivienne Irizarry

Major, One Hundred Oaks Precinct

Major Irizarry has served over 29 years with the Vanderbilt University Police Department. She has worked in various assignments at each of the three police precincts.


Rick Burr

Major, University Campus Precinct

Austin Peay State University, Bachelors in History

Major Rick Burr is a graduate of the Southeastern Command Leadership Academy.  He has served in law enforcement for 15 years, 9 of which has been at Vanderbilt.  Major Burr is currently a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.  During his time at VUPD, Major Burr has served in patrol, criminal investigations, emergency preparedness, special operations and background investigations.


Charles E. DeFranceCharles DeFrance - VUPD

Major, Medical Center Precinct

Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science Degree

Major DeFrance is a member of International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, State Board Member of the Southeastern Safety and Security Healthcare Council.


Davis Strange

Major, Support Services Section

Major Strange is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Management with the Florida Institute of Technology online completion program.  Major Strange attended Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the 2008 University of Tennessee Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy.  Major Strange is a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and has been with the Vanderbilt University Police Department since 2003.


Terry Hutcherson

Major, Special Operations / IA Investigations Section

Major Terry Hutcherson, M.S. from Cumberland University, graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command.  Served as Chief of Police for City of Goodlettsville, TN from 1991-2008.  Service at VUPD has included assignments in patrol at each of the precincts, training, special events, criminal investigations unit & emergency preparedness.