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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, Operations 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, Auxiliary 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.


Gregory Robinson

Major, University Central Precinct

Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science Degree

Major Robinson is a board member of Tennessee International Association for Identification. He retired from Nashville Metro Police Department, Sex Crimes Unit after 23 years of service. He has been with the Vanderbilt University Police Department since 2008.


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, Auxiliary Services

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.