INDIANAPOLIS — After serving in an interim capacity since Jan. 1, Bob True has been appointed police chief of the Indiana University Police Department-Indianapolis at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis effective March 1.
True, a 33-year veteran of IUPD-Indianapolis, began his career in 1981 as a patrol officer and worked his way up the ranks to deputy chief, followed by interim chief with the retirement of Chief Paul E. Norris.
As chief, True will set organizational goals, develop and implement policies and procedures, and provide leadership and oversight for all law enforcement functions on campus.
“Bob’s three decades helping to build today’s IUPUI will ensure that the police department continues its close alignment with IUPUI’s values, our core academic mission and our new strategic plan,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said.
True will manage 61 employees, including 45 sworn officers at IUPUI’s 510-acre campus. Additionally, he will oversee public safety operations at IUPU Columbus.
“Bob’s vast public safety knowledge, collaborative spirit and strong connections with the campus, city and law enforcement communities will ensure the department’s continued exemplary service to IUPUI’s students, faculty and staff,” IU Director of Public Safety Jerry Minger said.
True holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and a master’s degree in public affairs from IUPUI. He is also past president of the Indiana Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
“Universities can present unique challenges in often complex learning and social environments, and Bob’s extensive experience makes him the right person to lead IUPD-Indianapolis forward for the continued safety of the campus community,” said Mark Bruhn, IU associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance.