MU Police Department Family Gets Bigger
The Millersville University Police Department (MUPD) gained four new members on October 16 during a Swearing-in Ceremony held at the Winter Center on campus. The MUPD introduced Howard Bauman, of Bloomsburg, as deputy chief of police, and Jordan Byrnes, of Lancaster; Kyle Garrity, of East Stroudsburg, and Justin Schlottman, of Shillington, as police officers. The new members of MUPD were commissioned in September by the governor and secretary of education, which authorized the officers’ power at Millersville University.
University police chief Peter Anders explained that the hiring of these officers was due to vacated positions over the past several years.
“All of the officers have prior Act 120 certification, meaning they are graduates of a Pennsylvania Police Academy. This is an 820-hour, 20-week course of instruction,” explained Anders.
Deputy Chief Bauman will have primary oversight of the patrol division, in addition to sharing administrative duties toward policy revision and emergency preparedness. Bauman has previous experience working with students and the community, which he gained while working as an officer, detective and sergeant with the Millersville Borough Police Department (MBPD) for 20 years.
“Bauman retired in August from the MBPD and I was thrilled to be able to put him in a leadership position with the University police,” said Anders.
Byrnes will be assigned to the midnight shift as a campus patrol officer. “Byrnes made a quick impression on staff and students in his prior position as a security officer at the Ware Center,” shared Anders. Garrity, who has previous experience working with seniors in a Pocono-area private police firm, will be working the evening shifts as a patrol officer and with a strong police background on foot and bicycle, Schlottman has worked for small municipalities outside of Reading.
The three officers, Byrnes, Garrity and Schlottman, also passed police bicycle training and will be patrolling on bicycle this semester.