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IU Bloomington Police Name New Chief

Jill Lees (Courtesy: IU)

Jill Lees will soon lead the Indiana University Bloomington Police Department as Chief, according to a statement from the campus police department. 

Current Chief Laury Flint is stepping down to start a new position as the threat assessment and engagement director for all IU campuses. 

Lees is currently the deputy chief of support at the Plainfield Police Department, where she has served for 25 years. She graduated from the IU Police Academy in 1994. At IU, she will lead a team of 45 full-time officers. 

Lees says she's familiar with the campus setting with her pervious experience, but anticipates there will be challenges. 

"I'm just really looking forward to the opportunity and the challenges for me to learn more of what's going on down on campus and getting back into that just like I was many years ago," she says. 

VP for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance Benjamin Hunter says Lees is an "outstanding fit" for the position. 

"Chief Lees has an impressive record working with individuals to advance community-oriented policing in Plainfield," Hunter said in a statement. "Our students, staff and faculty on the Bloomington campus will benefit from her commitment to transparency, open-dialogue and clear communication." 

Lees will start the job on March 4. Flint will continue serving as Chief until then. 

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