So much to respond to, but I'll limit (YES, I REALLY WILL) my input. First off, BROTHER (Sister?) I feel for you. I've been working at an educational institution for 36 years (2 different) and it still irks me when people say, "So, what do you do?" "I'm a Police Officer." "Oh, what town?" "Blah blah University." "Oh you work Security?" "Did I not just say I'm a Police Officer?" "whatever, but can you arrest people?" and on it goes. This will take decades to change, though it IS changing. How many of us remember when Sean Collier was killed. I know I called the media to bitch and it's obvious as hell that I was far from the only one because within an hour, Security Guard was dropped and Police Officer was the only termed used*, and I know there is NO WAY IN HELL I'M that influential. The term POLICE seems pretty clear to the informed, but to many, EVEN A LOT OF COPS (I'm so sad to say) it's an ambiguous term that clouds when the parent employer is revealed. You work for a PD that has not been around as long as some of the larger ones, so it's more of a struggle for you. You also, due to having been around less that 50 years, face many moronic academics who never really left the 60s and kind feel superior to 'cops'. My department, and places like BU, Northeastern, UMass are more established and people have just gotten used to us being around and grudgingly accept us. Consider yourself blessed (and I'm sure you do) that you have an administration who's collective heads actually seem to be OUT of the sand. So many college presidents and boards of trustees are still burying their heads or can't manage to get them out of their asses. Some are so far entrenched in their asses, they run DEAN COLLEGE! *Side note, I was pissed, I still AM pissed and I always WILL BE PISSED that the collective Campus Police contingent was seated BEHIND the State Police. I've brought it up before and by God I'll bring it up again and again, HE WAS ONE OF OURS and yet we were shoved BACK a dozen or so rows so the State could sit in front. Yeah, I'm VERY Pissed off to this day. A campus cop is murdered and a huge outpouring shows up for him and yet, the campus cops are not worthy of sitting in front. With a few honorable exceptions (people who are or have been on this board), should I ever die in the line of duty, I'd rather have the State Police SKIP my funeral rather than show up and make my own colleagues feel like second class cops. Sorry, rant over for the time being.