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The College of Southern Maryland has hired Donald Frick to be its executive director of public safety and preparedness.

Frick comes from a 20-year career with the Prince George’s County Police Department after stints in the U.S. Army and the Secret Service.

According to a college news release, Frick grew up listening to his family tell stories of their police and firefighting work in the boroughs of New York City, so it was no surprise that he chose law enforcement as a career.

“From a young age I had a fire in my belly to be a police officer — it was in my blood,” Frick said.

Frick said he will rely on his 27 years of experience in public safety management and emergency management to ensure that CSM remains a safe environment.

“There is a lot going on at the college and we are fortunate to have quality public safety people at all campuses,” Frick said in the release. “The College of Southern Maryland has an excellent history and reputation for providing a quality education and I am excited to be a part of it. I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and local communities to provide a safe environment for students to learn.”

“A safe environment enhances the learning that occurs at our college and having a public safety director of the caliber of Don Frick is crucial in providing safe, welcoming campuses and facilities for students, faculty, staff and visitors,” CSM President Brad Gottfried said in the release.

Frick earned a bachelor’s of science in management and a master’s of science in management through the Police Executive Leadership Program of The Johns Hopkins University.