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Pima Community College has named Commander Manuel “Manny” Amado Acting Executive Director/Chief of Police of PCC’s Department of Public Safety.

Amado has 25 years of law enforcement experience, and has served as Commander since October 2004. As Commander, Amado was second-in-command of PCC’s police department, which comprises 38 full-time and 22 part-time employees.

“Ensuring public safety at a college requires specialized policing by individuals who sincerely wish to make a difference in the community,” Amado says. “It is a privilege to lead a dedicated, compassionate department that takes part in the education of our citizens through public safety.”

Amado began at PCC in September 1996 as a Lead Police Officer/Campus Liaison. In January 2004, he became Lead Police Officer/Detective. He served as Acting Police Chief for three months in 2007. Amado developed PCC’s Campus Watch program and has taught emergency preparedness and workplace safety.

He is a member of the National Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, PCC’s Behavioral Assessment Committee, and is lead instructor for Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) in ethics and integrity in law enforcement. 

Before working at PCC, he worked at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff and traffic and collision investigator, and at the South Tucson Police Department as traffic unit supervisor.

Amado recently received a master’s degree in Education/Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and has begun work on a doctorate in Organizational Psychology. He also has been a longtime volunteer for the Special Olympics.

Amado replaces Chief Stella Bay, who retired on June 21 after seven years at PCC and 38 years in law enforcement.

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