Bob True appointed interim chief of IU Police Department-Indianapolis

  • Jan. 13, 2014


 INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University Director of Public Safety Jerry Minger and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz have announced the appointment of Bob True as interim police chief of IU Police Department-Indianapolis at the IUPUI campus. He began serving in this position Jan. 1 with the retirement of Chief Paul E. Norris.

As interim police chief, True will provide leadership, direction and oversight for all law enforcement functions at IUPUI.

“We are extremely pleased to have Bob in this role as interim police chief at IUPUI,” Minger said. “Bob’s many years of experience, knowledge and leadership skills will ensure the department's continued exemplary service to the campus community.”

True, 58, who most recently served as deputy chief of police for the campus, is a 33-year veteran of IUPD-Indianapolis and began his career at IUPUI in 1981. In total, True offers 36 years of police service.

“Bob has a keen understanding of IUPUI’s culture, the campus police department and our many law enforcement partners in Indianapolis that reflect his experience and his commitment to making IUPUI successful,” Bantz said. “Bob has done an excellent job strengthening connections between the department, the campus and the larger community and is dedicated to maintaining the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

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.

“It's been exciting to watch IUPUI grow, and to work with the leaders that have fostered that growth," True said. "My hope is that the police department can continue to be engaged productively in that process.”

True will manage 61 employees, including 45 sworn officers. The primary jurisdiction of IUPD-Indianapolis is the 510-acre central campus.  

Margie Smith-Simmons