| News |

SMU Top Cop Going to Afghanistan. Not For Spring Break, Either.

Michael Snellgrove, SMU's chief of police, is taking his law-enforcing to Afghanistan. Fewer sorority girls, probably.
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

This definitely doesn't count as a promotion: SMU's Daily Campus had a piece late last week about Michael Snellgrove, who, for the past four years, has been the university's police chief. (He's actually been with the SMUPD -- hunh, that looks funny -- since 1994.) Turns out, the next step after being SMU's Top Cop is...this can't be right...going to Afghanistan to train that country's police force. Says Snellgrove, "It's a very exciting career move for me." Which is probably putting it mildly.

Nonetheless, it does fit with his career goals, which is "to be a security consultant for a global wide security-consulting firm," he tells the student paper. Snellgrove does have some military experience, of course: After graduating Valdosta State University with a degree in criminal justice, he was a commanding officer in the Air Force's police unit. So, of course, we wish Snellgrove the best of luck. According to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday on ABC's This Week, he'll need it. Spring break? Not bloody likely. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.