Brad Seifers has been named deputy superintendent at the Indiana University Police Department. He will begin his new position on February 1, 2021.
In his new role, Seifers will oversee law enforcement operations for IUPD on each of IU’s seven campuses. One of his main priorities will be to fully implement the community policing strategic framework issued by IUPD in 2020, which is based on President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Report. Another key area of focus will be the continued implementation of recommendations from the 2018 De-escalation and Training Commission report, which covers topics such as de-escalation training, data transparency, and adherence to national best practices in the areas of policy and general orders.
“The Indiana University Police Department is very fortunate to have an exceptional leader like Brad Seifers as deputy superintendent,” said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. “The experience he brings to this new role will allow IUPD to make strides as it continues to become a model of a progressive, inclusive law enforcement agency.”
“Brad Seifers is uniquely qualified to become deputy superintendent of the Indiana University Police Department,” said Benjamin Hunter, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance and superintendent for public safety at IU. “His experience in law enforcement, the military, and emergency management will serve IUPD well as we implement our progressive community policing framework.”
Since 2018, Seifers has served as university director of Emergency Management and Continuity, leading a team that has been instrumental in facilitating IU’s internal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I look forward to the challenges that come with this assignment,” said Seifers. “My goal for IUPD is to ensure we have a progressive, responsive, and well-trained police department. There is nothing holding us back from being recognized as one of the premier police agencies within higher education. Our mission, every day, will be to maintain a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.”
Seifers’ career has spanned the fields of law enforcement, emergency management, and the military. He began his law enforcement journey as an IUPD cadet in 1993. From 1995 to 2018, Seifers was a member of the Marion County, Indiana, and Bloomington, Indiana, police departments. At Bloomington Police Department, he was a lieutenant in the investigation division. While a police officer and supervisor, he worked on his graduate degree in performance improvement and obtained various instructor certifications.
Seifers has served in the military for more than 28 years. A command sergeant major in the United States Army National Guard, he served in Bosnia, Iraq, and domestically during Hurricane Katrina.