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Officer Palmer Promoted to Corporal

Sept. 20, 2021 
By Deyanira Romo Rossell, Public Information Officer, Finance and Support Services 

Interim Police Chief James B. Dixon promoted Tad Palmer, a 4-year veteran of UPD, to corporal at a ceremony in front of the headquarters on Sept. 2. Palmer, also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, began his law enforcement career in 1995. He has served with the police departments in Corsicana and Allen, Texas and with the University of Texas System Police at UT Dallas. He has worked as a bike patrol officer, advanced accident Investigator, and a mounted patrol officer. Palmer helped establish the community relations unit for Alllen PD, and he is a TASER and firearms instructor.

He and his wife of 19 years, Penny,  have five children and four grandchildren.  His youngest son Max, did the honor of pinning his father's badge when he began his career at UPD and again for his promotion. Max will follow in his father's footsteps in service this November as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy.  

Officer Palmer with Wife and Son

Cpl. Tad Palmer celebrates promotion with family

Wife, Penny and son, Max, flank the newly promoted Cpl. Tad Palmer during a morning ceremony at the UPD headquarters on campus.

Officer Palmer Promotion with UPD Team

Celebrating with the Team

Lt. Darin Wilde, Interim Police Chief, James B. Dixon, Corporal Tad Palmer and Lt. Rodrigo Manzanares gathered at UPD headquarters for Palmer's promotion ceremony.