Title of IU's top law enforcement officer changed to reflect unique role
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University is enhancing the title of its top law enforcement officer, Jerry Minger, to recognize the unique role his post plays in overseeing critical programs that have an impact on every individual and activity on all of IU's campuses.
Minger, whose title is changing from director to superintendent of public safety, provides direct oversight to seven campus police chiefs, all of whom fill vital roles on their own campuses, and to the director of the IU Police Academy; and supervises the staff engaged in satisfying complex federal crime reporting requirements and managing procedures designed to ensure the safety of children participating in about 800 programs. In addition to crime prevention and investigation, public safety staff are engaged in security of executives and visiting dignitaries, ensuring active engagement and partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement, and the security and safety of hundreds of events across all IU campuses.
Indiana University, which enrolled more than 107,000 students this year, employs 322 public safety employees, including 135 sworn officers.
Minger's position was created in response to a 2009 directive by IU President Michael A. McRobbie to strengthen the university's capabilities in both public safety and emergency management. Minger, a longtime police administrator at IU Bloomington, was hired the following year as director of public safety. The new position of director for emergency management and continuity also was created. Both positions report to Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance.
Under Minger's leadership and through the hard work of many people, the IU police units on all campuses are now organizationally and functionally part of a single IU Police Department, with increasingly common policies and practices, down to uniforms and car markings.
"Jerry Minger has served Indiana University with distinction for 41 years, most recently as operational head of all IU police functions," said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. "The new title of superintendent is a fitting reflection of the skill and energy that he has brought to our new IUPD organization."