Utah Tech Police Department

Police Personnel, Patches & Coins


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Ron Bridge

Chief/Director of Public Safety

Email: Ron.Bridge@utahtech.edu

Chief Bridge started his career in law enforcement in 1998 with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. During his professional career, Chief Bridge worked in patrol operations, K9, SWAT, and investigations. He was hired as the Administrative Sergeant at Utah Tech Police in January of 2019 and accepted the Chief position in July of 2022. Chief Bridge is a graduate of Utah Tech University and continually evaluates new-innovative processes in law enforcement responsibility on a university campus. His responsibilities at Utah Tech Police Department consist of full management for all department services and activities including law enforcement, crime prevention, crime suppression and university safety.

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Joe Deim


Email: Joe.Deim@utahtech.edu

Sergeant Deim began his career in law enforcement in 2008 and accepted a position with Utah Tech Police Department in 2020. Sergeant Deim has extensive experience in Advanced Accident Reconstruction and is regularly called upon by surrounding agencies to assist with serious traffic collisions. Sergeant Deim is a Field Training Officer, Certified Firearms Instructor and Armor, and possesses a Mid-Management Certificate from the Utah Police Officer Standards and Training. Sergeant Deim is currently assigned as the Evidence Room Technician, the Fleet Coordinator, the Firearms Range Master, and the Patrol Supervisor.

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Juan Fulgencio


Email: Juan.Fulgencio@utahtech.edu

Sergeant Fulgencio has been a police officer for five years and was hired by Utah Tech Police Department as he was finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Since starting his career, he has obtained his Field Training Officer certification that has served him in training new officers and reserve officers on Utah Tech Police Department procedures. Sergeant Fulgencio also completed the Sexual Assault Training to be able to handle these incidents using best practices. Most recently, he obtained an Instructor’s Certification in Emergency Vehicle Operations, which allows him to train Utah Tech Police Department officers on vehicle operations to include department policy, state statue, and practical skills to operate our vehicles. Sergeant Fulgencio has served as the Housing Liaison, Fleet Coordinator, and most recently as the Special Event Coordinator. Serving as the Special Event Coordinator includes reviewing security needs for events on campus of all sizes, coordinating with other University departments and officials, as well as developing and executing event safety plans to ensure a safe environment for our students and community.

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Matthew Cochran


Email: Matthew.Cochran@utahtech.edu

Corporal Cochran started at his career in law enforcement with the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 2005. He worked in Corrections for 3 years then worked as a Reserve from 2008-2010 while he moved his family to SLC and finished his Bachelor's Degree. Corporal Cochran received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems. He then returned to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and worked in Transport, then Patrol, and Investigations. Corporal Cochran is a Certified Field Training Officer and has attended multiple trainings while working in investigations. He has worked sex crimes and went to Advanced Homicide Trainings. Corporal Cochran was a member of the Critical Incident Task Force while at the Sheriff's Office and participated in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Corporal Cochran was hired by Utah Tech Police Department in June of 2020 where he is a Field Training Officer, Training Coordinator and a member of the Public Order Team.

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Flynn Todd

Police Officer II

Email: Flynn.Todd@utahtech.edu

Officer Todd is a Police Officer with the Utah Tech Police Department where he diligently serves the campus community with his experience and expertise. He has served in law enforcement for 32 years in various types of roles and assignments to include working for the Utah Highway Patrol for 10 years and Homeland Security for over 20 years. Officer Todd has extensive experience and training in Sexual Assault Investigations and is currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Flynn speaks Spanish and is often asked to assist surrounding agencies with Spanish translations and is influential in developing relationships at the Utah Tech through community policing.

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Mike Peacock

Police Officer II

Email: Mike.Peacock@utahtech.edu

Officer Peacock began his career after graduating from the Dixie State College Police Officers Standards Training (POST) in 1997. He worked for St. George Police Department from 1996 to 1998 as a Reserve Officer while attending the Academy. Officer Peacock started full-time with the Utah Highway Patrol in June 1998 and was assigned to State Capitol in Dignitary Protection Services for a year before being assigned to field work in Millard County. While working with Utah Highway Patrol in Millard County he had extensive training and experience in accident investigation, traffic enforcement, and also served as a Drug Recognition Expert and an instructor for field sobriety in the Drug Recognition Program. In 2005, Officer Peacock was hired by the Millard County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Patrol Division. While serving the citizens of Millard County, Officer Peacock was assigned to the K9 unit and handled 2 dual purpose dogs over the course of 9 years. He and his K9’s became certified multiple times as a dual purpose K9’s through Utah Police Officer Standards and Training program and the American Working Dog program. Officer Peacock participated on SWAT and attended several SWAT training programs along with additional trainings in sexual assault investigations. He is a Certified Child Forensic Investigator and attended latent fingerprint school with the Utah Crime Lab. Officer Peacock retired from law enforcement in 2019 and moved to St. George before being hired by Utah Tech Police Department in 2022.

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Marc Nichols

Police Officer II

Email: Marc.Nichols@utahtech.edu

Officer Nichols started his career in 1997 with the Utah Highway Patrol. Along working with UHP, Officer Nichols has worked as a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and a Sergeant with Springville Police Department. Officer Nichols has experience with SWAT, K9, Drug Interdiction, and Dignitary Protection. He has been involved with the Drug Recognition Expert Program, and an instructor for SWAT Dog School and an instructor for both K9 Drug Detection and Apprehension. Officer Nichols has attended multiple leadership trainings taught by Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training as well as FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

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Krystal Powell

Police Officer I

Email: Krystal.Powell@utahtech.edu

Officer Powell recently graduated from The Utah Tech Police Academy and has decided to start her law enforcement career at Utah Tech Police Department. Over the past 2 years she has worked at The Dove Center as a victim advocate, after starting as a volunteer. Officers Powell’s experience includes sexual assault advocacy and domestic violence advocacy. Officer Powell has completed multiple trainings for sexual assault counseling and victim advocacy, while participating in The Dove Center Hospital Advocacy Response Team to provide support to sexual assault victims. She is compassionate about serving the Utah Tech community and protecting our campus.

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Thayne Hunter

Police Officer I

Email: Thayne.Hunter@utahtech.edu

Officer Hunter recently graduated from the Utah Tech Police Academy and decided to start his law enforcement career at Utah Tech Police Department. Officer Hunter recently obtained his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Utah Tech and plans to graduate in 2025 with his Bachelor’s Degree. He is excited about serving the Utah Tech community, working with students, and protecting our campus.

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Teresa Starnes

Police Records Administrator/Victim Advocate

Email: Teresa.Starnes@utahtech.edu

Since April of 2021, Teresa Starnes is the department’s Police Records Administrator and Notary Public. She completed Rape Crisis Advocacy Training from the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault to become a System-Based Victim Advocate. Teresa, along with office staff, handles fingerprint services and Utah Criminal History Checks for the public. She is a member of the Utah Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals. She received the “Advocacy in Action” Award in 2022 from the Utah Council on Victims of Crime. She is a liaison for victims and the criminal justice system and she stays up-to-date on legislation regarding victims’ rights. She attends monthly and annual trainings related to police records and victim advocacy. She is committed to ensuring that each victim is treated with respect and compassion. Teresa provides information on resources that are available on and off campus, regardless of whether someone wants to report the incident to law enforcement.

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Ethan Metcalf

Police Records Assistant

Email: Ethan.Metcalf@utahtech.edu

Ethan Metcalf was hired by the Utah Tech Police Department as an intern in January 2022. Since that time, he has worked with the office staff and officers to accomplish many goals including completely redesigning how lost and found is handled on campus. In October of 2022, the Department promoted him to the position of Police Records Assistant. Ethan is responsible for reviewing and completing out incidents as well as handling all lost and found that comes to the department and performing fingerprinting for the public. Ethan spends countless hours helping out at events and doing ride-a-longs with the department. Ethan is currently finishing his degree in Criminal Justice, and will be graduating in the spring of 2024. Ethan will begin attending the Utah Tech University Police Academy where he will begin his training to further his career in law enforcement.

Message from Chief

Utah Tech Police Department works tirelessly with University Safety and Risk Management to serve and protect the Trailblazer community and those who visit our campus. We are dedicated to service and providing a safe and secure environment for all.

The Utah Tech Police Department is comprised of highly trained officers who work in collaboration with our community and law enforcement partners to provide the highest level of professionalism and service. As a police department, we implement best practices and hold both state and international accreditation through the Utah Chiefs of Police Association (UCOPA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). We believe professional development for our police department is critical in our efforts to serve the UT community.

I am honored and privileged to serve as your Chief of Police and I look forward to continuing to build a culture of inclusion and collaboration while in your service. As a reminder, we work in partnership with the campus community so if you see something, say something.

Thank you,


Ron Bridge
Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety
Utah Tech University





Student Housing Liaison Program

The Student Housing Liaison program was created to develop partnerships with all on-campus and off-campus student housing complexes. This partnership is focused on building strong relationships with students, housing managers, and Utah Tech Police Department.

Open communication is vital and necessary to effectively address safety concerns, problematic issues and violations of law. The Student Housing Liaison Officer works with everyone involved, to maintain a safe and secure housing environment for all.

Officer Marc Nichols is the department’s Student Housing Liaison Program Administrator. He can be reached by email at marc.nichols@utahtech.edu.

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Police Patches & Coins

Veteran Patch

Autism Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Athletics Patch

Domestic Violence Awareness

President's Seal Patch

Challenge Coin

Safety and Risk Management Patches

In collaboration with The Safety and Risk Management Departments of Utah Tech University, the following patches are available for purchase.

Safety & Risk Management

Risk Management

Emergency Management

Health & Safety

Fire Marshal