Meet Celisa Pittman
I am Celisa Pittman a Patrol Lieutenant in the UNCSA Police & Public Safety Department. I oversee four sergeants and eight officers. During 2019 Parents & Family Weekend, I coordinated Safety Day to help students and their families become familiar with services both on- and off-campus. I love to interact with students, faculty and staff. Having been here 28 years in February, the students are like my kids. I have a portrait that a student did of me in the 1990s as part of class assignment. It hangs in my office.
I’ve been through four chancellors and have seen the trend in policing move to community policing where you ask: “How can I help you? Do you have any police concerns?”
One of my highlights of working here occurred in January 2016 when there was light snow on campus and the surrounding roads. Sunnyside Avenue was slick and I noticed a student had pulled her car to the side of the road and was crying. I got out of my patrol car and asked her if she was OK. She opened her driver side door and said she had just hit someone. They had driven off and she was talking to her insurance company to find out what to do. Just then, another car driven by a student began to slide on the road pinning me to her open car door. I was taken to the hospital where I had a CT scan. The scan showed a spot on my lung. It was lung cancer and I had never smoked nor had symptoms. I had surgery to remove the cancer and I have remained cancer-free for a year now. That incident with the students saved my life.
Born in Jacksonville, Fl., my father’s military service brought us to North Carolina and I grew up in Winston-Salem. I joined ROTC in high school and was in the Police Explores Program with the Winston-Salem Police Department that led me to wanting to become a Police Officer. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare from WSSU, and an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Forsyth Tech Community College while working at UNCSA Police Department. I have two sons, who mean the world to me and are mama boys. I love to cook and travel. I plan to retire in 2021.