Feb 27, 2021
On the evening of February 26, 2021, a police officer with the Tulane University Police Department was killed while providing security at a high school basketball game in the city. Corporal Martinus Mitchum was a full-time officer with TUPD, a Reserve Deputy Constable with the Second City Court in New Orleans, and a private security officer. Tulane University is an IACLEA member institution.
IACLEA President Eric M. Heath, who serves as Associate Vice President for Safety and Security at the University of Chicago, issued the following statement.
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) Cpl. Martinus Mitchum. TUPD Chief Kirk Bouyelas and Tulane officials said he had ‘a heart of service’ for the Tulane community. His devotion was apparent through his affiliation with multiple safety organizations to protect and serve the people of the great city of New Orleans.
IACLEA extends our sincerest condolences to Cpl. Mitchum’s family and friends, the Tulane University PD, and the New Orleans community. As this tragedy exemplifies, police and public safety officers are at continuous risk of harm and death while in service to their community. The loss of one officer has a resounding effect on officers at many agencies.
Cpl. Mitchum, like hundreds of thousands of officers across the United States, devoted his career to keeping people safe. His senseless death reminds us that these public servants are willing to give their lives for our safety.
IACLEA recognizes Cpl. Mitchum for his service, and we will honor his sacrifice and memory.”
Between 1923 and today (2.26.2021), 49 campus police and public safety officers have died in the line of duty. NOTE: This does not include deaths due to COVID-19, at this time.
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