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STEPHENVILLE (June 19, 2015) — Amanda Miller is the first woman to don sergeant stripes in Tarleton State University’s Police Department, making her the highest-ranking female officer since its start 46 years ago.
University Chief of Police Matthew Welch called the promotion a milestone for the department.
“Amanda Miller is a valued member of the University Police Department. Her experience and academic achievements make her uniquely suited for her new role of administrative sergeant,” he said. “Amanda should be proud of the fact that she is the first female to attain a supervisory rank in the history of our department.”
Sgt. Miller joined the Tarleton Police Department in 2012 as a patrol officer, following a five-year stint with the Stephenville Police Department. She completed law enforcement training at Weatherford College in 2006, later earning a bachelor’s and master’s in criminal justice at Tarleton. She completed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s basic instructor’s course in 2014.
“I am honored to be promoted to administrative sergeant and I look forward to the new challenges I will face,” said Sgt. Miller. “My primary goal is to assist in maintaining the safety and security of the university and its students, and I’m looking forward to seeing the department grow and excited by the possibility of being a part of shaping our department’s future.”
With her promotion, Sgt. Miller now supervises support services staff, including the department’s first female investigator, Detective Kristie Bint. She also serves as field training officer and as an instructor for the semi-annual Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course, which takes place each fall and spring on Tarleton’s Stephenville campus.
A native of Belton, Texas, Sgt. Miller is an adjunct professor at Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies—recently established as part of the university’s College of Liberal & Fine Arts.