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Chancellor Guskiewicz, Officer Ross and Chief James
Celebrating at the Salute to Community Heroes event are, left to right, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Officer Jonathon Ross and UNC Police Chief Brian James.

UNC Police Officer Jonathon Ross has been recognized by the Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro as UNC Police Officer of the Year.

Each December at the annual Salute to Community Heroes, the Chamber recognizes local citizens and first responders who are committed to making Chapel Hill and Carrboro a thriving, healthy, and sustainable community. This year, award winners were recognized on center court during halftime of the Carolina men’s basketball game against the Citadel on Dec. 13.

Ross, who has served UNC Police since 2017, was nominated by his peers for his contributions and service to the community:

In thinking of what makes a quality police officer, it is difficult to find a better example than Officer Jonathan Ross. Beneath his friendly and gregarious demeanor is an immense knowledge of criminal law and the university.Officer Ross consistently looks for areas of improvement and addresses department needs. While performing the duties of an officer on Patrol, he continues assisting the Criminal Investigations Division with background investigations.

Never wanting to write an incident report and be done with it, Officer Ross continues to be focused on solutions. He will consistently reach out to the Community Services Division to talk about programming opportunities on campus. Additionally, he will review reports and suggest possible Crime Prevention strategies.

These qualities and actions make him an invaluable resource to the UNC Police Department. His institutional and technical knowledge is unparalleled among sworn personnel. His dedication to the highest quality of service to the department and University community makes him an ideal candidate for Officer of the Year.

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