Ricci Fast, investigations and education sergeant for UNK Police, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award Friday.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and the University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Fast began his career as a police officer at UNK in 2011 and was named investigations and education sergeant in 2014. A native of Castle Rock, Colorado, he is a former member of the Loper baseball team and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from UNK. He will graduate in May from UNK with a master’s in student affairs.
Fast’s responsibilities include sexual assault investigation, crime prevention education and supervision of patrol officers. Director of Police and Parking Services Jim Davis said Fast possesses knowledge, skill, experience and has great desire.
“Sergeant Fast hits the ground running each shift. He effectively and legally deals with trouble before it causes great harm and has a remarkable clearance record for crimes reported,” Davis said. “He treats others with dignity and respect no matter who they are.
“He takes time to visit, understand situations and make sure someone is being cared for, and he is always looking for ways to improve the police department, university and himself.”
In addition to the KUDOS award, Fast was previously recognized in 20013 with UNK’s Employee Achievement Award and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hero Award for Education and Awareness in 2017.
Fast was recognized at the Board of Regents meeting by UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen and NU President Hank Bounds. He was accompanied by his family.