The College Station Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of six new officers from the 158th session of the Central Texas Police Academy conducted by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), where they completed a rigorous 728-hour academy. After graduation and swearing in, they will move into a seven-week orientation, followed by a 17-week field training program, before being assigned to a patrol shift.
(L-R: Jose Acevedo, Ben Baumgartner, Chris Koym, Kelly Marshall, Anesse Oukil and Chris Suel)
Jose Acevedo: Jose was raised in Edinburg, Texas, and graduated high school in 2010. After high school, he graduated from Texas State University with a Criminal Justice degree. He then moved to College Station with the intention of only being here for a couple of months. Jose fell in love with the community and decided to pursue a career with the College Station Police Department. He has future plans of obtaining a master’s degree while working with CSPD. Jose enjoys traveling, visiting his family, hanging out with friends, and running.
Ben Baumgartner: Ben was born and raised in Ennis, Texas. He is the middle of three children with an older brother and a younger sister. Ben was active in Boy Scouts from an early age and earned the rank of Eagle Scout alongside his brother in 2004. In 2007, he graduated from Ennis High School and was accepted to Texas A&M University. Ben graduated from A&M with a B.A. in History in 2011 and worked at nearby Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site as a park ranger before joining CSPD. He and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter and are expecting another in the fall.
Chris Koym: Chris was raised in Texarkana, Texas. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the 3rd Ranger Battalion. After leaving the Army, he returned to Texarkana to finish his education. Chris and his wife moved to College Station in 2009 so he could attend Texas A&M University. Chris has a BBA in Business Management and a Masters in Agriculture with an emphasis on international agricultural development. Chris loves coaching his son’s soccer team, working on cars, woodworking, and being with his family.
Kelly Marshall: Kelly was born and raised in Tomball, Texas. She graduated from Tomball High School in 2012 before attending Texas A&M University. Kelly was a student at Texas A&M from 2012-2015, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences this past December. Kelly wanted to join the College Station Police Department after interning in the Criminal Investigation Division the fall of 2014. Kelly decided to stay in town and pursue her goals.
Anesse Oukil: Known as “Malik” by his friends, he was born in Algiers, Algeria. In 1996, Malik and his parents moved to Denver, Colorado. His aunt attended TAMU, so he was introduced to College Station through multiple summer vacation trips.The Oukils eventually moved to College Station in 2005 to become permanent residents. Malik attended A&M Consolidated High School, where he took Intro to Law Enforcement with former CSPD Lt. Mark Langwell; there, he found his calling and knew that College Station Police Department was the place for him. He is currently attending Sam Houston State University to get his BA in Criminal Justice. Malik is looking forward to finishing and advancing his degree.
Chris Suel: Chris grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. He’s married and has five kids. He and his wife moved to College Station in 1996 so Chris could attend Texas A&M. He later transferred to Sam Houston state University and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Chris worked for the College Station Police Department for seven years before moving to Kenya with his family to do mission work. When their time in Kenya came to an end, they moved back to College Station. CSPD is glad to have Chris return.
The new officers were sworn in by City of College Station Municipal Judge Calliham. They will now begin their orientation and field training program. The College Station Police Department is honored to welcome these new officers to our law enforcement family.