Captain of University Police Honored by Cape Girardeau Evening Optimists


University Police Capt. Kenneth Gullett was recognized by the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimists at their 2020 Respect for Law Banquet.

The yearly event honors select law enforcement officers for distinguished and dedicated service, advancing the respect for law objective of Optimist International.

Gullett has been with University Police for 32 years and was one of seven law enforcement officers from five agencies honored at the banquet on Thursday, Oct. 29.  Beth Glaus, director of Southeast’s Department of Public Safety, presented Gullet with his plaque of recognition .

Gullett has served in nearly every capacity with University Police, where he began as a student employee, becoming a commissioned officer, and ultimately attaining rank as Captain of Police and assistant director of the Department of Public Safety.

“I am very proud to congratulate Ken on this honor,” Glaus said. “It is much deserved as he has served faithfully, showing compassion for others and great pride in everything that is Southeast. Cpt. Gullett is a valuable asset to University Police, leading by example and encouraging others to work hard to achieve their goals.”

Gullett was nominated by a retired DPS staff member, who stated, “Ken is very dedicated and works many hours for the University, even working extra shifts for his staff so they can take time off.  DPS is my family and Ken is a key member of that family.”