After 32 years on the Fort Hays State University campus making sure that faculty, staff and students alike are protected, Police Chief Sid Carlile is retiring after today.
"I think my ambition has always been to work with people and to serve their needs and to provide them safety," said Carlile.
Carlile started his career in law enforcement in Victoria in 1971 as a city marshal.
"The wonderful people of Victoria gave me the start in that fine community, and I think Fort Hays was a step up in my career to give me more opportunities, which definitely has happened over the past 32 years," said Carlile. "It was a good move for me."
In the beginning of his career at FHSU, Carlile said, he did not have his sights set on becoming the head of the campus police, but he believes his communication skills in the beginning gave him a connection with the campus community that he could be proud of.
Communication is important, Carlile said, whether it's with campus people or visitors. He said the department's good communication skills have a lot to do with its success.
"We like to think if we have to make a stop for somebody, even if they did do something wrong, we hope that they are smiling and waving at us when we walk away," Carlile said.
During his time at FHSU he also made sure he communicated with the other officers as well.
"I adjust my hours so I can visit with all of the officers almost daily. I feel like that?s been very successful. You know, It's face to face communications," said Carlile. "If they have questions they can ask me or if I have something, I can tell them, and I think it has been very successful for us."
He has had the opportunity to work with three different FHSU presidents, Dr. John Gustad, Dr. Gerald W. Tomanek and Dr. Edward H. Hammond, and has seen the growth and development of the campus.
"I have seen the completion of Gross-Cunningham, I've seen Rarick constructed, I've seen Tomanek Hall constructed. I've seen the take over and renovation and construction and opening of Sternberg Museum," Carlile said. "I've seen the renovation of Sheridan, from where it used to be the Snake Pit to now, where it is the performing arts center. I've seen the old tennis courts come down and the new ones go up on the south side of Cunningham."
"Maybe that sounds like a lot, but it seems like it all happened in a short period of time," he said.
Carlile said the change in technology on campus was not just in education. The police department is also high tech now, and it takes a lot of training to keep the officers up to speed with evolving technology and dealing with day-to-day criminal activity.
"We take pride in providing that training for our officers," he said. "We feel that they do an extremely good job."
Carlile is not alone in his pride in the University Police. The Faculty Senate passed a resolution in March expressing appreciation for "a remarkably professional job performed on a daily basis by the Fort Hays State University campus police."
"I think probably one of the most exciting things that has happened in my career for our department was in March of this year the Faculty Senate adopted a resolution stating that basically the University Police, day in and day out, do an outstanding job," he said.
Carlile said some of his favorite memories will be of students who have gone through FHSU and have gone to become outstanding individuals. He said the ones he knows and the ones who stop to see him from time to time have left him with very positive memories.
Carlile said that retirement, "honestly," won't be the easiest thing to do. He will miss the job and the interaction with people.
He plans to spend free time doing things he enjoys and is interested in, from fishing and hunting to yard work and volunteering.
"After the wife gets me trained to do everything in the house, she said I could do whatever I wanted to, and I'm very interested in hunting and fishing," said Carlile.
"I would like to thank all of the people in our community, the Victoria area and the surrounding areas, including the law enforcement personnel, for giving me the opportunity to serve this community and to learn and I'm thankful for that," said Carlile. "I feel very positive that the University Police Department will continue to carry on successfully in my absence."