was a little over 10 months ago when we watched the murder of George Floyd. As
a career police officer, my heart sank—as it has so many times before—for
George Floyd and others before him who were victims of violence involving
George Floyd’s murder trial is underway.
we stated publicly last
the IUP Department of Public Safety and University Police continue to take a
firm stand against racism and bias in any form.
and inclusion continue to play a key role in required IUP police officer
training. However, the events of May 25, 2020, prove that every police
department must do more.
IUP police department has since launched a strategic training initiative of
anti-racism, anti-bias, and inclusion training. This involves hundreds of hours
of training, both face-to-face and virtual, as well as mandatory reading assignments
related to implicit bias and inclusion. In addition, we have reviewed and
revised our training standards in areas of use of force and laws of arrest and
have initiated a monthly roll call policy review to ensure every IUP police
officer maintains awareness and compliance with department policy.
past summer and spring semester I was proud to represent the Department in a
dialogue with students about policing and the issue of bias. We welcome student
comments and will continue to be part of the discussion of how to become even
stronger in our anti-racism efforts.
stand committed to helping the IUP community to remain strong and vibrant, a
place without fear of discrimination and racism and bias, where everyone can
enjoy a safe and comfortable place to live, learn, and work. We know that
this is a community effort, that everyone is responsible for making a
commitment against racism and discrimination and promoting anti-racism and
anti-bias values and behaviors. Every member of the IUP Department of Public
Safety and University Police has made this commitment; individually and as a
Department, we will continue to say, “not on our watch.”
one knows what the outcome of this week’s trial will be. We pray justice will
of what transpires in Minnesota, we will continue to focus on our commitment to
being a Department that demonstrates and promotes anti-racism, anti-bias, and
anti-discrimination in our actions and our attitudes.
Director of Public SafetyChief