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UCPD Officer's Lifetime Service Honored


UCR Police Officer Honored by Law Enforcement Group

Sgt. Kurt Wampole receives lifetime achievement award for nearly 30-year career as UCPD officer

(May 23, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — Kurt Wampole planned on breaking the family career mold —heavy on law enforcement and the military — by becoming a doctor, and in 1974 he enrolled at the University of California, Riverside’s biomedical program.

“I found out quickly that I wasn’t meant to be a doctor,” he said. “Then I got a work-study job as a dispatcher for the UC police department and that got me going in a different direction.”

More than 30 years later, now a sergeant with the UCPD, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Ceremony and Dinner Banquet from the Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee of Western Riverside County.

“We are all extremely proud of Kurt, a UCR alumnus (with a 1982 bachelor’s degree in botany & plant sciences), who will be retiring in December 2005,” said UCPD Chief Henry Rosenfeld.

The award recognizes officers who have continuously shown the “highest level of professionalism; has continuously exceeded expectations; had a sustained positive impact on his or her community, and has consistently performed his or her duties in harmony with the department’s goals, mission, objectives and values.”

Wampole served his entire career at the UC Riverside campus, except for a seven-year stint at UC Irvine. A firearms expert, Wampole has led and refined the department’s firearms training program. Other assignments included traffic accident investigator, quartermaster, background investigator, firearms instructor, range master, field training officer, computer supervisor of the Gang Reporting Evaluation and Tracking system, acting division commander at the UC Irvine Medical Center and sergeant with the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team, a joint community policing effort of UCPD and the Riverside Police Department.

“As our department training manager, Kurt played a key role in the acquisition of our less lethal weapon systems and active shooter training,” Rosenfeld said. “Kurt is famous for saying that his main goal is to make sure that we all go home at the end of our shift.”

Wampole, a law enforcement trainer since 1982, has served as president of the Riverside County Law Enforcement Trainers’ Association and as president of the California Association of Police Training Officers. True to his school, Wampole is also a life member of the UCR Alumni Association, which keeps him connected to the people and happenings at UCR.

He almost didn’t become a UCPD officer, capitalizing on his love for the outdoors by training to become a park ranger, but the nature of his university law enforcement work captured his imagination.

“I guess the department and I were really a good fit,” he said.

Of his contributions to the UCPD at Riverside, he modestly added that: “The things that I developed were done out of necessity for the betterment of the officers and the department.”

Wampole developed his love for the outdoors at an early age through scouting, where he reached the level of Eagle Scout. He combined a love of the outdoors and involvement with the Boy Scouts toward the development of a firearms training and safety program for the Boy Scouts’ California Inland Empire Council, where he served as a shooting sports coordinator.

Kurt Wampole and wife Denise have two children, Kurt Jr., 24, a recent U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, is a pilot now in flight training at Enid Oklahoma; daughter Heather, 20, is a junior at San Diego State University.

He plans on staying busy in retirement teaching firearms handling and training for law enforcement and civilian organizations as well as volunteering for the State Parks and the state Fish and Game departments.

“I also plan on doing a heck of a lot of fishing, camping, and hunting,” he added.

Other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients included B.J. Batton of the California Highway Patrol, Riverside station; Carla Gordon of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; Joe Horton of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Moreno Valley station; Stephen Lane of the Riverside Police Department; and Alfons O. Luebs of the CHP, San Gorgonio Pass Station.
UCPD Sgt. Kurt Wampole

UCPD Sgt. Kurt Wampole

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