New chiefs at three campuses this year; new superintendent of public safety in January
The Indiana University Police Department, one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state with around 200 full-time and part-time sworn officers, swore in its third campus division chief this year in a moving ceremony at IU East.
Bloomington native Scott Dunning, who first joined IUPD in 1995 at IU Bloomington, was a lieutenant at IUPD-Indianapolis before serving as intern chief at IU East earlier this year. His appointment as chief began in late October.
IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe formally welcomed Dunning "to the family," during Monday's ceremony, but she said it was obvious early on that he was a good fit. On his first day on campus, she said, a student research event was held in Whitewater Hall where the police department is located. It wasn't long before Dunning was mingling among the students learning about them and their research. Vice Chancellor Dan Dooley said Dunning knew all of the faculty and staff on campus by name within the first month.
"This isn't new for Scott -- he has always been community- and family-oriented," said Bob True, chief at IUPD-Indianapolis. True has been serving as interim superintendent of public safety for IU since March and offered the oath of office to Dunning. Dunning's wife, Anne, and father, Jim, pinned his chief's badge onto his uniform. Family members and officers from several campuses and other agencies drove to Richmond to support Dunning.
On Jan. 2, Benjamin Hunter, who attended Monday's ceremony, will become superintendent of public safety. Hunter is an IUPUI alum and graduate of the IU Police Academy. He comes to IU from Butler University, where he was executive director of public safety, community relations and government affairs.
Wayne James was named chief at IUPD-Northwest in March. The Gary native grew up three blocks from the IU Northwest campus, where his mother graduated from college, making his swearing in ceremony a bittersweet experience.
"It's a tough job," he said, "but it's rewarding. I have a good team and working with the mayor and community has been great."
Kurt Matz left the Munster Police Department to become chief at IUPD-South Bend in early September. Having completed his first semester, he described the campus as "very welcoming."
IUPD operates on all IU-administered campuses, including Indiana University-Purdue University-Columbus. IU is the only university in the country to operate its own police academy -- the IU Police Academy is a satellite academy of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. It is accepting applications for its unique Cadet Officer Program through Jan. 31.