Jill Lees, the ninth chief of police for Indiana University Police Department-Bloomington, was sworn-in on April 11 in front of family, new and old friends, and police officers from multiple agencies.
Lees joined IUPD-Bloomington last month as chief after retiring from the Plainfield Police Department, where she had worked since 1995, eventually as deputy chief. Lees graduated from IU Bloomington and the IU Police Academy.
John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs, highlighted the importance of the chief's position and the "profoundly positive" impact IUPD officers can have on students during their college years by providing them a safe place to grow and learn. Also in attendance was Plainfield PD Chief Jared McKee, Lees' friend
Lees said she was humbled and honored to serve as chief of police for her alma mater. She thanked her family, friends, mentors
IUPD-Bloomington employs 45 full-time sworn officers as well as several part-time officers and student cadets. The full-and part-time officers are fully certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. Chief Lees joins six other chiefs on IU campuses throughout the state as part of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance.