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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 29, 2011) – Maj. Richard Gillespie, Warrensburg, police operations commander for the University of Central Missouri Department of Public Safety, recently was named the recipient of the prestigious Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award.
The award is presented by the Kansas/Western Missouri chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Gillespie received the award during the group’s meeting at the Lodge of the Four Seasons.
Gillespie began his law enforcement career with the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, and then was appointed chief of the Fulton, Mo., Police Department. He has nearly 45 years of law enforcement experience.
He attended the 102nd Session of the FBI National Academy, serving as president of the Kansas/Western Missouri chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates in 1989.
He earned many of the firearms trophies as the top shooter and assisted with the firearms competitions during chapter conferences. At the 2004 FBI National Academy Conference in Kansas City, he assisted with the firearms competition and served as the Hotel Committee chair.
Gillespie teaches a basic firearms course for UCM undergraduate students, most of whom are in the university’s criminal justice program and hoping to enter law enforcement careers. In addition, he volunteers his time as the firearms team coach to the Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon at UCM, which captured an unprecedented ninth consecutive Sweepstakes Award as the top criminal justice chapter in the nation last spring. He also competes in firearms, claiming the Top Gun Award as the best shooter among all competitors.
Gillespie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree from the University of Central Missouri.