Shannon Bunger, the new operations captain for IUPD-Bloomington, said community engagement and officer training are important components of policing that will be priorities for him as he takes over the division's day-to-day operations.
"We want to show people that we're approachable," he said. "My team and I will be working hard to get officers out of their squad cars, walking around the IMU, Wells Library, the residence halls. We want faculty, students, staff
IUPD-Bloomington reorganized its top leadership structure to feature a chief (Laury Flint) and two captains, instead of a chief, deputy chief
“It has been a blessing to spend my law enforcement career at IU,” said Munroe, now second in command for the division. “Being appointed Captain of Administration will allow me to use skills I have developed over the last 37 years and provide me with new challenges.”
Bunger and Munroe both graduated from the IU Police Academy. Bunger graduated from the academy in 1996 and began working full-time for the division the following year. He said his early experiences influence his approach today because he wants to make sure new officers receive the training they need to get their careers in law enforcement off to a good start.
He also is fully supportive of plans to significantly increase the number of training hours full-time IUPD officers are expected to undergo each year. Many officers already surpass the 24 hours required by the state, but the department is in the process of formally raising the training bar.
"If you don't keep training, you're not learning," said Bunger, a master instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. "Policing is a lot like computers -- it can get outdated quickly."
Bunger said he recognizes there may be concerns locally about policing practices based on the national dialogue about law enforcement, use of force and minority communities. He said officers in the division have all had training involving implicit bias and that he is one of two trainers in the system-wide department who can conduct training in Fair and Impartial Policing.
He encourages people to contact IUPD if they have a complaint about an interaction with an IUPD officer. IUPD-Bloomington's webpage describes several ways that complaints can be filed with the division or other campus offices: https://iupd.indiana.edu/contact/index.html,
"If we do something wrong, we want to own it and address it," he said. "We also want to hear when we get it right."