NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - SUNO is bringing in an NOPD vet to head it's campus police department.
Southern University at New Orleans hired former NOPD Deputy Chief Bruce Adams to head its police department. The Southern University System approved his appointment Friday.
Adams spent more than 40 years with NOPD, where he worked his way up the ranks as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. He announced his retirement from NOPD on Dec. 5, 2015.
During his tenure in New Orleans, Adams was a member of the department's Urban Squad (1976-1980); a detective in the Felony Action Squad, an elite unit in the late 70's and early 80's, who performed extensive undercover work to apprehend criminals with felonies (1980-1981); a detective with the SWAT/Street Crimes Special Operations Division (1981-1985); and a commander of various divisions within the department from 1985 to 2005.
In 2005, Adams was appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Public Integrity Bureau, where he served until 2007. Until his retirement, he was the last original member, still working with the department, of the Urban Squad and Felony Action Squad.
Adams was the first African-American commander of the NOPD's detective bureau for the robbery and narcotics division. Under his leadership, the first FBI/NOPD Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force was developed; a unit that Adams not only commanded, but wrote the program.
Adams has received numerous awards for his commitment and excellence in law enforcement, including the Top Cops Award from the National Association of Police Organizations; the Police & Firefighter's Heroes Hall of Fame Award; and two Purple Hearts for incidents in which he was shot while in the line of duty.
In addition, Adams served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice with Concordia University and SUNO.
"We are thrilled to have such a high caliber law enforcement veteran as Bruce Adams to serve as our new campus police chief," said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. "The expertise that he brings to us will enhance our campus and allow to us to continue to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff."