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IUPD police chief candidates will speak at forum

The IU Police Department narrowed down their search for a new chief to four candidates. A public forum Thursday and Friday will give members of the community a chance to ask those candidates questions. 

The candidates will each have an individual forum on one of the two days. Each forum will last one hour and take place in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. 

"Each candidate will have 15 minutes to make a speech about their qualifications and experience policing," said Tracy James, IU Public Safety and Institutional Assurance spokesperson.

Attendees will have the rest of the time to ask questions. There will be comment cards for members of the public to write down feedback that Superintendent of Public Safety Benjamin Hunter will take into consideration when making the decision.

“The chief of police position is an important position because they interact with people on campus, and so I think it’s a nice opportunity for people to come and hear what they have to say and provide some feedback,” James said. 

Brian Joschko, Bradley University Police Department Chief, will speak at 9 a.m. Thursday. IUPD Lt. Brice Teter will speak 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Jill Lees, Plainfield Police Department Deputy Chief of Support, will speak 9 a.m. Friday and IUPD Operations Capt. Shannon Bunger will speak at 3:30 p.m.

“IUPD has been working to deepen our community engagement, so this provides an opportunity to meet the new chief and to provide feedback before he or she begins their leadership role on this campus,” Hunter said.

The decision will be announced at the end of January, according to an email about the event. 

Current Chief Laury Flint will be taking a new position as the IU Public Safety and Institutional Assurance director of threat assessment and engagement.   

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