Williams Joins CCC as Director of Campus Safety
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Williams Joins CCC as Director of Campus Safety

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Thu Oct 30, 2014

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College has announced Leon Williams of Lambert as its new Director of Campus Safety.

Williams joined CCC’s staff after the retirement of long-time Chief William Houston. In his new position, Williams will oversee CCC’s Police and Fire Departments and brings with him more than 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer including a lengthy career with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN).

“I see this as an opportunity to continue improving Coahoma Community College’s Police Department,” said Williams. “We have a lot of positive changes in the works, and I think that soon we’ll have them off the ground and running. I have a lot of good officers that are ready and willing to work.”

In addition to a new uniform, CCC’s students, faculty and staff can expect its police officers to be even more visible this fall with an increase in the number of officers on duty as well as the implementation a bike patrol on campus.

“The bike patrol will allow us to get in a little closer with the students and staff—we’ll be able to get in those tight places where vehicles can’t go, plus we’ll be able improve our public relations with the students through contact,” said Williams.

After serving in the Unites States Army, the Quitman County native started his law enforcement career with the Lambert Police Department, rising to the position of Police Chief at the time of his departure in 1993. 

Williams then moved on the MBN, working up the ranks to oversee offices in Greenwood, Southaven and Oxford. In addition, Williams worked with MBN’s Swat Team, Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine Unit and its Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Serving with the Bureau’s Deep Undercover Unit, Williams successfully made more than 100 undercover buys. He was also assigned to the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Crime Taskforce, helping to track, apprehend and arrest violent criminals in North Mississippi, Tennessee (Memphis) and Arkansas.

Williams retired from MBN in 2011 and began work with a Virginia-based private contractor where he served a tour in Afghanistan. Williams also worked with the Quitman County Sheriff’s Department before bringing his experience to CCC. 

“Our new director of campus safety brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement, and I am sure that he will continue our standard of being one of the safest college campuses in the state of Mississippi,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner.

Coahoma has ranked in the Top 5 among all colleges in the state of Mississippi during the last three years based on reports and statistics generated by the U.S. Department of Education. CCC was ranked the state’s safest school in both 2011 and 2012, and dropped to No. 5 in 2013—not because of any violent incidents, but based on arrests made by the campus police department due to complaints filed by one student against another.

“The environment I want to create is a good, comfortable learning environment for our students and a good working environment for our staff,” said Williams. “If kids are coming here to deal dope and steal stuff, they’re coming to the wrong place and their visit here will be a short one—It’s just that simple. This is an environment for our young people to learn and that’s they type of environment we’re going to create for them.”