Bruce Holden Named Interim Chief of Police for UTHSC Memphis Campus

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Bruce Holden named interim chief of police for UTHSC.
Bruce Holden named interim chief of police for UTHSC.

Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Bruce Holden interim chief of police for the Memphis campus. “His many years of experience at UTHSC made Lieutenant Holden the right choice to serve as interim chief,” Dr. Brown said. “He understands the unique challenges and responsibilities of a police department that serves an academic community in a medical center.” A Maryland native, Holden served as a police officer for 13 years in his hometown of Pocomoke City, moving to Memphis due to family ties. He has been with UTHSC for 18 years, starting as a patrolman and working his way up to shift supervisor, then patrol commander. Holden will provide command for timely and efficient patrol services; supervise campus police field operations 365 days a year, 24 hours a day; ensure proper training for law enforcement software systems; and act as a “help desk” for system problems. He will monitor all shift activities to ensure policy and procedure compliance, and ensure mandatory training and certification required for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified police officers, dispatchers and security officers. Holden will also serve as a liaison for other law enforcement agencies, such as the Memphis Police Department and Homeland Security, as well as the security departments of hospitals in the Medical Center area concerning matters of mutual interest. He will work closely with the leadership of the UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory to maintain an approved response protocol for various potential accident or disaster events. As interim UTHSC chief of police, he will report directly to the executive vice chancellor and COO.