Indiana Code give post-secondary institutions accredited by the North Central Association the authority to appoint police officers (IC 20-12-3.5-1) The Board of Trustees and Indiana University East have used this authority to form a police department. The Police at IU East have jurisdiction on any real property owned or occupied by Indiana University East or on any street through or adjacent thereto. The officers are fully certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. All IU East officers meet the same standards as all other law enforcement in the State of Indiana. The IU East Police Department works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce the law. All officers enforce all Rules and Regulations of Indiana University East.
Description of Department
The Indiana University East Police Department consists of six full-time sworn officers. The officers handle all types of situations at IU East in a fair and impartial manner.
Chief Burton Cole
Chief Burton Cole is a life long resident of Richmond/Wayne County. He is a graduate of Northeastern High School, Indiana University East (A.S. Criminal Justice, 1989) and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Chief Cole was a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years and was Wayne County Sheriff from 1995 thru 1998. He retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 2000 and joined the Indiana University East Police Department in 2002.
Sgt. Jeffrey Locke
Sgt. Jeffrey Locke is a native of Connersville, IN. He is a graduate of Connersville High School and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is currently enrolled in the Purdue University Program at IU East. Sgt. Locke began his law enforcement career in 1975 with the Fayette County In. Sheriff's Dept. and retired from the Connersville Police Dept in 2001 after twenty five years of service. Sgt. Locke served in various positions within the Connersville Police Dept including Deputy Chief and Chief of Police. Sgt. Locke worked for the Visteon Corp in their Security Division before joining the IU East Police Dept. in 2003. Sgt. Locke was promoted to his present position at IU East in March of 2009.
Officer Timothy Tyler
Officer Tim Tyler has lived in Richmond all his life, graduation from Richmond High School, attended Indiana State and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. In 1974 he joined the Richmond Police Department and was elected Officer of the Quarter by his peers in 1984 and again in 1985. In 1985 he was elected Officer of the Year by his peers. Tim worked in the Drug Unit for one year, Juvenile Division for ten years and Detective for ten years. He retired in 1999 after 25 years with RPD and joined the Indiana University East Police Department in 1999.
Officer Tim Swift
Officer Tim Swift was born in New Castle, Indiana. He is a graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and earned a Criminal Justice Degree from Indiana University East. He completed basic academy at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana. In 1983, he was a security officer for the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home. In 1988 he transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections as a corrections officer. He was then employed by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department as a jail officer and later as a patrolman until 2001. Tim joined the Indiana University East Police Department in 2001.
Officer Aaron Roberts
Officer Aaron Roberts was born in Greenfield, Indiana and grew up in Bedford, Indiana. He is a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School, attended Kentucky Christian University and is a 2001 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He served in various positions within the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office from 2000 until 2011. Aaron has trained with the US Marshalls in Glynco, GA. and with many other Law Enforcement agencies across Indiana while with the Sheriff’s Office. In 2011, he left the Sheriff’s Office when he joined Indiana University Police Department. Since his employment with the Indiana University Police Department, he has completed training and is now an Indiana Certified Police Trainer through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Officer Janice Passmore
Officer Janice Passmore is a life long resident of Richmond, In. and a graduate of Richmond High School. She is a graduate of Indiana University East (Assoc. Criminal Justice and numerous I.U.East classes since). Janice is a 1981 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and served on the Richmond Police Department from May 1981 to Feb. 2011 (29 plus yrs). Over the course of her career at the Richmond Police Department, she served in various positions including: Patrol Officer, Juvenile Officer, Detective, Sergeant Traffic Division, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in Patrol Division and Captain in the Professional Standards Unit. Officer Passmore joined the Indiana University East Police Department in October of 2011.