Andy Stephenson, captain of operations for IUPD-Bloomington, writes a letter to the campus community to discuss concerns shared with him. He writes: “We have all witnessed controversial and, in some cases, unlawful police conduct in media reports. Likewise, some of you have, undoubtedly, had a personal experience that may have contributed to the forming of a negative viewpoint of, not only a particular police officer, but of all police officers. The men and women of the Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) share your concern. We acknowledge and recognize your fear.”
“Black lives do matter,” IUPD-Bloomington Chief Laury Flint wrote recently. “IUPD officers have taken an oath to protect and serve, and we take that oath seriously.” Read this and other comments and observations by Indiana University Police Department leaders.
Check out IUPD-Bloomington on Facebook. Campus police have begun using social media as they continue working to become more accessible to students and staff.
Cadets in the IU Police Academy spends six weeks learning in-depth information pertaining to criminal law from some of Monroe County’s current prosecutors. The criminal law course is divided among classroom instruction, prior and recent examples of case law, hands-on scenarios, and regularly administered quizzes.
This past weekend, hundreds of family members, friends, and highly respected officials gathered in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Alumni Hall to watch the 2015 IU Police Academy cadets be officially sworn in as police officers. Cadets from every IU campus walked across the stage and took the oath that solidified their new status, while IU Police Department chiefs from across the state watched.
Nobody wants to think about horrific things happening at Indiana University that could result in loss of life for even one student or employee, let alone large numbers of people; yet many people do think about this very thing – because it’s part of their jobs.