Action Item 4.1


Transparent communication of Valparaiso University policing model

It is important that our University’s police department go above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of our University community. In partnership with the Valparaiso University community, the Valparaiso University Police Department (VUPD) has agreed to proactively review its current policing model, philosophy, protocols, and training and development, to affirm fair and impartial policing.

Responsible Parties: VUPD, The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, and an ad hoc Task Force of students, faculty, and staff
Implementation Chair: Chuck Garber, Assistant Police Chief
CIVC Attachè: Caroline Ban, Clinical Assistant Professor/Program Director

In Fall 2022, the system has been implemented. The first reports will be released in Spring 2023 (as of now).

In Spring 2022, there was an upgrade in the police computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. Funded by the Action Agenda, VU police bought a dispatching system that enables them to disaggregate cases by race and ethnicity and report cases with accuracy in a timely matter to the university community.

Accepted Action Steps:

4.1.a – Review of policing model, philosophy, and protocols

The Chief of VUPD continues to train all new police members with Fair Policing techniques and community policing philosophy.

4.1.b – Participate in on-going professional development to include diversity and inclusion workshops and seminars.
4.1.c – Coordination community engagement and outreach programs.