|by Maquisha Mullins, Ph.D., assistant director of Integrated Marketing & Public Relations|
|Melvin Harris has served as the chief of the Oakwood University Police Department for over four years. While he is a friendly face across the campus and in the Huntsville community, he is always serious about educating others about self-defense and awareness of suspicious activity in any location.|
Because Chief Harris is well respected among his peers in law enforcement, he has been asked to serve as an instructor for his alma mater , the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy for the Basic Session of Law Enforcement, to train cadets in Strategic Self -Defense & Gunfighting Tactics.
He has also been invited to train with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law enforcement officers from around the world apply for this opportunity and wait for years to be selected or depend on social and professional networks to improve their likelihood of acceptance to the training.
“I submitted my application several years ago, but I didn’t know anyone who could put in a good word for me, I just know Jesus,” Chief Harris stated. He shared how excited he is to have been selected for this opportunity, and and that, “The knowledge I gain during my time with the FBI National Academy will help me raise the standard in the operations of our small campus agency to be comparable to those that may have more resources.”
According to the website fbi.gov, t he FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.