Captin Michael Galbraith
Published 12/10/19 | Reading Time 1 min 4 sec
By Aaron Campbell
TULSA, Okla — Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has named Michael Galbraith as captain of its police department, bringing 19 years of law enforcement and community leadership experience to the downtown Tulsa campus. Galbraith started his career as an officer at Langston University and has served at OSU’s main campus in Stillwater for the last 13 years.
“I know what it’s like to work in this setting,” Galbraith said. “It’s an opportunity to be more hands-on with not just the university, but the community at large.”
Galbraith will be OSU-Tulsa Police’s highest-ranking officer, reporting directly to OSU Police Chief Leon Jones, who leads both OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa’s police forces.
Since the university’s police forces in Stillwater and Tulsa merged operations in August, Jones has focused on finding opportunities to invest in the community. “It’s not all making contact and arresting people,” Jones said. “It’s important to be a part of the community we are serving.”
As the department’s first captain, Galbraith is focused on that mission as well. “We’re going to keep this department proactive with everything going on in our community and build on our relationships.”
Galbraith says his initial goal is to get to know people and understand what students, staff, faculty and the community want and expect from the department.
“I want the public to see us as an agency they can come to any time for anything,” Galbraith said. “I don’t want anyone feeling like an officer can’t be talked to or they can’t come to us for advice or questions. We’re going to be that friend away from home.”