The State University Police Department at Alfred State is pleased to announce that it has hired Joseph R. Histed as its newest member.
Officer Histed is familiar with the Southern Tier, having grown up in Belfast and graduated from Belfast Central School in 2006. He attended Alfred State before moving on to SUNY Brockport, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in history in 2010.
Histed continued his education at SUNY Brockport and received his master’s degree in recreational management two years later. Upon completion of his education, Histed accepted a full-time position at SUNY Brockport within the Athletics Department. When asked what he liked most about working at SUNY Brockport, he said, “I enjoyed working in the academic setting where I was able to interact with young adults.”
Histed began his law enforcement career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2016, where he was employed as a road patrol deputy. After completing his academy at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center, Histed successfully completed his field training program and was assigned to the Henrietta area where he worked until coming to University Police.
During his time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Histed received training in topics such as autism, child abuse, school violence prevention, patrol rifle, active shooter response, and RADAR-LIDAR.
Matt Heller, the chief of Police at the University Police Department, said, “Joe Histed is a great addition to the University Police and to Alfred State. He brings a unique combination of education, experience working in higher education, and law enforcement to Alfred. Those are traits that we very seldom see together in a new officer.”
In his short time at Alfred State, Histed has already demonstrated his ability to interact positively with students. When asked what he is looking forward to in his new position, Histed said, “I am looking forward to returning to the higher education setting where I will be able to develop strong relationships within the community I serve.”