Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University police officer Terence “Charles” Minton was named VFW Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by VFW Philip Billard Post #1650. Minton was notified of this honor last week and will be officially recognized by the VFW on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Washburn University Police Captain Matt Simpson, who nominated Minton for this award, says that Minton is the epitome of a law enforcement officer.
“Officer Minton is a hard worker and role model for young adults. He is dedicated to serving, first his country and now the Washburn community, and represents the law enforcement profession in a positive manner,” said Simpson.
Minton joined the Washburn University police department in March 2016. He serves the university campus and the Washburn Institute of Technology campus. He is known for building relationships within the Washburn community. Minton has certifications with the crisis intervention team and the International Police Mountain Bike Association; he also serves the department as a field training officer and Taser instructor.
Minton served in the United States Army for 12 years; he deployed to Korea in 1999 and to Iraq in 2005. Minton served as a non-commissioned officer and as a military police officer before being honorably discharged. He began his career in the criminal justice system as a sergeant with the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in 2007, where he served for eight years. Minton then attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center upon hire with the Washburn University Police Department.
Minton’s selection as VFW Law Enforcement Officer of the Year is a product of his dedication to service, community, and country. He will be recognized for this award 11 a.m., Feb. 2 at the VFW Post #1650, 3110 Huntoon Street.