March 2, 2016
Ronnie Grice to give commencement speech at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Ronnie Grice, assistant vice president for public safety and chief of police, will address the 238th basic academy graduating class on March 18 at Integrity Auditorium at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson.
"I am humbled and honored to share my experiences with men and women of the 238th graduating class, who will be joining more than 7,000 law enforcement officers statewide providing an incredible service to their communities," Grice said.
Since 1994, Grice has led a team of 24 sworn officers and 76 civilian staff consisting of a security team, emergency communications staff, and a support staff — all critical to the safety and security of the K-State community.
Grice also has oversight and responsibilities for the K-State Polytechnic and K-State Olathe campuses. Under his leadership and direction, Kansas State University received a top 10 safest campuses in the United States by Best Colleges.com
His law enforcement career began in April 1980 with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earning the rank of sergeant in 1987. After spending more than 12 years with the sheriff's department, he served with the Arkansas Highway Patrol and later led the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff as the director of public safety and chief of police. In total, he has served 36 years, with the last 21 years at Kansas State University.
Grice also serves on the State Advisory Board for fair and impartial policing where he works with other law enforcement professionals and community officials addressing training and community best practices to reduce biased-based policing.