UCF Police Chief Richard Beary to retire June 2018

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary discusses the importance of vigilant firearms training. UCF PD showcases virtual firearms trainer Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Layla Ferris.

After serving as UCF’s police chief for more than a decade, Richard Beary announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Barry’s retirement will be effective June 30, 2018, according to a statement from Beary on UCF PD’s Facebook.

“I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement during my service at UCF,” he said in the statement. “I am proud of the team we have assembled to handle the multiple situations that arise at a metropolitan university like UCF.”

Beary has been a law enforcement officer for 41 years and said in the statement that he is the most tenured law enforcement executive in Central Florida.

“My career has exceeded what I ever imagined when I put on a badge and gun as an 18 year-old patrol officer,” he said.

During his career, Beary served as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2014 and 2015, which is a worldwide association for law enforcement that has offered conferences and training for more than 120 years, according to the IACP website.

Beary was also inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame this past May, according to a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

In the midst of UCF’s search for a new president, the search for a new police chief will begin early next year, according to the statement.