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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 five full-time and three part-time sworn officers. The officers handle all types of situations at IU East in a fair and impartial manner.
Chief Scott Dunning
Chief Dunning is a native of Bloomington, Indiana and a graduate of Bloomington High School South. His career in criminal justice began as a Correctional Officer at the Monroe County Correctional Center. In 1995 he joined the Indiana University Police Department on the Bloomington campus, obtaining his Law Enforcement certification through Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He has extensive training in all aspects of law enforcement including serving as a certified instructor in firearms, patrol rifles, and active shooter. In 2011 he moved north to the IUPD-Indianapolis campus where he has served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Training Coordinator, and Lieutenant. In April 2016 he became the Interim Chief on the IU East campus before his full time appointment as Chief in October 2016. He is currently enrolled at IU East obtaining his BS in Criminal Justice.
Sergeant Bradley Smoker
Sergeant Bradley Smoker is a lifelong resident of Centerville, Indiana and is a graduate of Centerville High School. He was Corrections Officer with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department from 2008 until 2012. Sgt. Smoker joined the Centerville Police Department in 2012 and remained in that position until he moved to the Indiana University Police Department in 2015 and became Sergeant in 2017. He is a 2013 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and has attended the Indiana University Law Enforcement Academy in 2015 and is a Certified Police Cyclist. Sgt. Smoker is continuing his education currently taking undergraduate courses at Indiana University East.
Officer Timothy Hubert Swift
Officer Swift earned his Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University. Officer Swift did his undergraduate work at Indiana University East earning a B.S. in General Studies as well as an A.S. and B.S. in Criminal Justice. He has completed numerous criminal justice training programs and is a 2000 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana. Tim is also a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma - SIUE Chapter: Zeta Zeta. Officer Swift spent several years in security for the State of Indiana’s Protective Services and was a Training Officer for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department before joining Indiana University East in 2001 as a Police Officer. Tim is a certified Field Training Officer working with the IUPD cadet program. Currently Officer Swift is an Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College.
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 RJ Meyer
Officer R.J. Meyer is a lifelong resident of Centerville, Indiana and is a graduate of Centerville High School. He was in the Army where he was airborne, air assault infantry with the 101st Airborne Division receiving an honorable discharge. He went into the Army reserves where he became an Army instructor. In 2000 he started his law enforcement career working as a Wayne County Jail Deputy for approximately ten years. He received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Ashworth College. Until 2010 he furthered his law enforcement career working for the Centerville Police Department and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in the top ten of his class. He became a certified law enforcement instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. In 2017 he was then hired back with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and worked as a patrolman. In 2018 he was hired with the Indiana University Police Department working at the Indiana University East Campus where he was later certified as a police cyclist. Officer Meyer is going to continue to his education taking undergraduate courses at Indiana University East.
Officer Todd Barker
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.
Rikki Foust EHS/EMS Specialist
Rikki Foust is from Eldorado, Ohio. She is a Certified Police Cyclist. She is a 2012 graduate of National Trail High School, attended three other colleges, and a former collegiate softball player. She is a graduate of the 45th class at the Indiana University Police Academy in 2018. She graduated in December of 2018 with her bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. After graduation she plans to get her masters in Geographic Information System (GIS). In her current position as EHS/EMS Specialist she will be reponsible for seeing that safety protocols are in place daily on campus and during special events.
Office Manager Vicki Chasteen
Vicki Chasteen lives in Centerville, Indiana. She started working at IU East in 2008 in the Welcome Center/Information Center. In 2012 started working for the IU Police Department in a civilian capacity.Graduated from Indiana University East in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor Degree in General Studies with a Social Behavior concentration. Vicki was awarded an Associate’s Degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Office Administration with a medical concentration. She is a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa.