Tom Belote

College of Health and Human Services

Tom Belote knows there is much more to life than money. The advice he offers to future college students is quite refreshing to hear in a world dominated by the dollar.

“Study and work in a career that you enjoy; it’s not all about the paycheck,” he says. 

Tom is a state patrolman-SWAT team member for the Missouri State Water Patrol.

He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement and security option, and a minor in criminology.

Although he thoroughly enjoys his career, Tom says that the most rewarding part of his day is coming home safely after every shift.

Tom says Southeast helped prepare him for his career by giving him the knowledge and background he needed for law enforcement.

Tom also offered the following advice to future Southeast students:

“Learn all you can learn while you have the opportunity, both in and out of the classroom.”

Tom currently resides in O’Fallon, Mo.  In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycle riding, mountain biking and boating.


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College of Health & Human Services
One University Plaza, MS 8000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701