BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Craig Munroe, a 35-year veteran of IUPD and IU Public Safety, has been named captain of operations for IUPD-Bloomington, giving him responsibility for the patrol division -- the uniformed officers who work around the clock to keep the campus safe.
In the midst of building his second home -- by hand, Munroe said he plans to continue building on efforts by police to interact more with students, staff and visitors to improve communication and trust, and ultimately, campus safety.
"You're going to meet an IU police officer," Munroe said. "We want you to trust our officers, and we know that you can't do that if you only interact with us when it involves a ticket."
Munroe began working for IUPD in 1979 as part of the IU Cadet Officer Program. He graduated from the IU Police Academy in 1980 and began working full-time for IUPD the following year. He earned a bachelor's degree in general studies. More recently, he graduated from the FBI National Academy.
“I am thrilled to have Craig in the Captain of Operations position," IUPD-Bloomington Chief Laury Flint said. "His longevity in law enforcement and his varied experiences will be invaluable.”
His policing roles over the years include patrol officer, public information officer, and most recently, administrative lieutenant for IU Public Safety. In that position, his duties involved coordinating projects, plus procurement and implementation of law enforcement equipment, computer hardware and software that is used by the seven divisions of the IU Police Department. He coordinated the statewide communications systems used to provide police dispatching and emergency services response. He serves on the policy board for the Monroe County Central Emergency Dispatch Center. He also is part of the training cadre at the IU Police Academy as a certified Firearms and Active Shooter Instructor.
His last position served all of the IUPD divisions across the IU system. As operations captain for IUPD-Bloomington, his focus will be the Bloomington campus.
"I love law enforcement. I love patrol. I love interacting with the community," he said. "This gives me the chance to do this and to share my 35 years of experience with the younger officers."
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"They shouldn't hesitate to call the administrative line at dispatch, 855-4111, and speak with someone about a crime or a concern," Munroe said.
Open communication is important, he said. He is particularly interested in hearing from people organizing a protest or rally. Advance notice allows IUPD to help organizers hold their event in as safe an environment as possible and to protect the free speech of all parties involved.
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