Jesse Carr is a sergeant with the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Police Department in Dallas, Texas and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In 2013, Jesse accepted a position with SMU as a 911 dispatcher. In July of 2016, the department sponsored him as a police cadet in the Cedar Valley College Law Enforcement Academy. On December 1, 2016, Jesse received his license as a Peace Officer in the State of Texas and graduated valedictorian and class sergeant from Cedar Valley. Four days later he was commissioned as a SMU Police Officer.
In May 2019 Jesse graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from SMU. During that time Jesse attended school full-time and part-time while working full-time and fulfilling his commitment to the Marine Corps. In the fall of 2020, Jesse was accepted as an MBA candidate in SMU’s Cox School of Business. He is still currently enrolled as a graduate student, working towards a master’s in business administration.
Prior to attending SMU, Jesse attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he studied psychology and criminal justice. While at Sam Houston, Jesse was hired by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he served as a corrections officer. During that time Jesse also enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as an infantry rifleman. Jesse served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve.
As a military service member, Jesse volunteers in veterans affairs and served as the Director of Communications for Heroes in Action, a Dallas based non-profit. He has also volunteered with Civil Air Patrol, the Marine Corps League and is a member of the SMU Military Veterans Student Organization.
In November of 2021 Jesse was promoted to the rank of sergeant with the department. Jesse serves as the director of community engagement and communications. He is a member of the honor guard, a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Instructor, a tactical medical and Stop the Bleed instructor, a firearms instructor, and a SWAT Operator on the department’s crisis response team. In 2017 Jesse was awarded the SMU Police Department Mark McCullers Officer of the Year Award. In the fall of 2020, Jesse led the application for the SMU Police Department to become an Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement certified agency, resulting in SMU becoming one of the first campus law enforcement agencies in the country to be accepted into the program. Leading the department’s efforts in community engagement since 2020, Jesse has directly assisted in implementing a police community advisory board, he has worked closely with minority communities on campus to address police reform and policing concerns, and has focused the departments efforts to be transparent and immersive within SMU and the surrounding community. In 2021, Jesse took an active role as the police PIO to work with the Office of Risk Management and SMU’s Marketing and Communications in order to create concise and encompassing safety education resources with a focus on emergency messaging, responding to an active threat, and emergency preparedness. In addition to his efforts in community engagement, Jesse has served as the supervisor for the 24-hour emergency communications center, directly supervising six 911 dispatchers.
Jesse’s Marine Corps awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a mobilization device, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with a bronze service star, two Certificates of Commendation, and two Meritorious Masts. Jesse is also the recipient of three SMU Police Department commendations, and one certificate of merit.