Three members of the Oklahoma State University Police Department were recently promoted to captain. They have more than 60 years of law enforcement experience between them.
Capt. Michael Galbraith’s promotion puts him in a leadership role at OSU-Tulsa. He’s been in law enforcement for 19 years, 13 of them with OSUPD.
“I started my career at a close-knit campus like OSU-Tulsa,” Galbraith said. “I know what it’s like to work in this setting, to have the opportunity to be more hands-on with the university and community at large.”
Since the university’s police forces in Stillwater and Tulsa merged in August, efforts have focused on streamlining policy and procedures for both. That initiative is now one of Galbraith’s main responsibilities.
“We need OSU-Tulsa and OSU-Stillwater to work together so we’re doing the same things at both locations,” he said. “We’re going to keep this department proactive on campus and in the community.”
Galbraith says his first goal as captain is to get to know people and understand what students, staff, faculty and the community want and expect from the department.
“I want the public to see us as an agency they can come to any time for anything,” he said. “I don’t want anyone feeling like an officer can’t be talked to or they can’t go to someone for advice or questions. We’re going to be that friend away from home.”
Anthony Gillilan was hired as an officer with OSUPD in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration and operations in 2014 and a master’s in aviation and space in 2017.
Gillilan has served as a field training officer, lake patrol officer and shift supervisor with OSUPD. Currently, he handles information technology for the department, is the custodian of records and the coordinator for the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which outlines how campuses track and disseminate crime statistics.
“The promotion is an exciting step forward with the OSU Police Department,” he said. “Over the years, I have seen technology change from pen and paper reports to our current vehicle computing systems that are connected to the campus network. I now manage and support the IT needs for the police department and look forward to continuing the recent development of relationships with many departments around campus to help follow the chief’s goal of making the OSU Police Department a leader in campus law enforcement.”
Dan Ray got his start in law enforcement as a security officer for Oklahoma Baptist University before joining the Yale (Oklahoma) Police Department. He’s been with OSUPD since 2000. He’s served as a patrol officer, investigator, lead investigator, drug task force member, patrol lieutenant and emergency planning lieutenant.
His desire to help people drove his decision to put on the badge.
“I decided to become a police officer first because I have a desire to be a kind face and a helping hand to people during some of their darkest moments,” he said. “I hope that I can help people be more at ease during an emergency situation.”
Ray earned two degrees from OSU: a bachelor’s in leisure management and a master’s in fire and emergency management.
“I truly enjoy working for OSU and OSUPD,” Ray said. “Being a part of the OSU community for the past 20 years, I have seen tragedies and great successes, and I have seen how the OSU community continues to strive for excellence. I am thankful to have had the chance to be a small part of what makes OSU such a great place.”
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