June 27, 2018
City of Latrobe Police Chief James R. Bumar, a graduate student in Saint Vincent College’s master of science degree program in criminology, was presented with two awards by the Latrobe Rotary Club on June 20 at DeNunzio’s Chophouse at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township.
Rotary Club of Latrobe president Jarrod Meeder presented Bumar with the Unsung Hero Award and the Paul Harris Award.
“The Paul Harris Award is a Service Above Self award,” Bumar explained. “This award is the highest award in Rotary. I am sure this is attributed to many community relations programs I have provided for the area, along with my missionary work and security assessments in Haiti.”
“The Unsung Hero Award was for my contributions while Chief of Police,” Bumar continued. “This included a professionally produced video on equality, an opioid prayer service and creating a central booking center in Latrobe. I also created a student recognition award for high school students that is awarded by council two times a year, developed a K-9 unit and a cooperative program with the Greater Latrobe School district for a full-time school resource officer. I have produced and presented several programs to area businesses and religious institutes on mass shooter response. I have also researched and implemented a civilian position within the police department titled community service officer.”
Serving as an officer of the Latrobe Police Department for 34 years and the last nine as chief, Bumar said he wants to learn more about current police theories to be prepared to teach criminology. “Most of these programs were implemented through research, policy assessment and writing,” he said. “These invaluable skills were gained through both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Saint Vincent College.” He will be retiring on Aug. 31.
Bumar graduated from Saint Vincent in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a minor in criminology. He became a police officer at the age of 21 and completed his degree while working full time.
Bumar has spent his life in service to others both in his work and in his personal pursuits. An active member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, he has participated in the Christ Life Series as a scripture leader and has volunteered for missionary service in Haiti. He plans to continue to serve in Appalachia. He and his wife, Debra, live in Unity Township. They have two sons, Brett and Blake, both of Latrobe.
The Saint Vincent College master of science degree program, which can be completed in one year, is a broad-based, 30-credit curriculum designed to address current issues, policies and theories in the criminal justice system.
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