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Four new faces added to MUPD

Danielle Kreider
News Editor

A well deserved welcome to the four new members of the MUPD. They were sworn into the department on October 16 filling vacated positions from the past several years. The MUPD presented Howard Bauman, of Bloomsburg, as deputy chief of police; Jordan Byrnes, of Lancaster; Kyle Garrity, of East Stroudsburg and Justin Schlottman, of Shillington, as police officers. These new members were interviewed and asked a series of questions:

Deputy chief Howard Bauman is pictured next to a MUPD squad car.

Howard Bauman, deputy chief of police
Q- What made you decide to continue police work after you just retired from the MBPD in August?
A- The opportunity came for the position of deputy chief of police and it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially in this community.
Q- What are your duties as the deputy chief of police?
A- I am primarily in charge of the patrol division, meaning I oversee three sergeants and 13 patrol officers. Plus I assist Chief Anders with meetings and anything else he may need.
Q- What will you do differently as deputy chief compared to being just a regular police officer?
A- I will not be on the street as much, or handling individual calls. Mainly, I am more of an overseer now, so that the regular officers can do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
Q- What are your favorite parts of being a police officer and/or part of the police force?
A- Helping people, I enjoy having the interaction with the college students. I grew up in a college environment, Bloomsburg, so it hits close to home.
Q- What is your favorite part about working for the MUPD?
A- The interaction with the students, faculty and staff from the University and working with the officers here. They have made me feel at home here and have been very welcoming, especially since I came into a leadership position.
Q- Is there a big difference going from being with the MBPD to the MUPD?
A- When I was with the MBPD I was an investigator and spent more time interviewing,. This is different, no more caseloads, no more “solve the mystery.” Overall it is a different type of job.
Q- Are you excited to be handling a leadership position in the police force?
A- Yes, very excited. There is a real great set of guys here at MUPD and I really enjoy working with them.
Q- Will there be any changes in the MUPD with your new role in the department, and with gaining three additional police officers?
A- Definitely, additional officers will help get the MUPD back up to strength where it should be, especially with more patrolling and more details.
Q- What kind of changes and/or improvements can the University expect to see with the addition of the new officers to the department?
A- One thing is that they are young officers, they are enthusiastic… it is quite contagious and rubs off on the rest of the department. Helps to get the other officers out of a rut when they are having an off day.
Q- Do you have a favorite memory over your 20 years of police service?
A- A jewelry store robbery, it took years to get all the suspects apprehended. It was a very fulfilling experience to bring justice even years later.
Q- Overall, would you say MU is a pretty safe campus? Are there any plans to increase patrolling on campus and/or to the areas within walking distance of the campus?
A- MU is definitely a safe campus; you can never have too much safety. There is always room for improvements. With the new officers, patrolling will increase the areas covered that are not accessible by vehicle. The three new officers will be on foot and bicycle patrol as well as vehicle.
Q- Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about going into police work as a career after graduation?
A- It’s a good career, the biggest thing is to keep your record clean, don’t do anything to hinder your career down the road.
Q- Is there any advice you would like to bestow upon the MU students in regards to the MUPD or just as a personal message?
A- People need to look at it from other peoples point of view, especially students who live in the borough, you must acknowledge the community members around you. Police officers are people just like you, they have families and homes some within the borough and they just want students to be safe and aware of those community members around them.
All in all, deputy chief Bauman is looking forward to working with everyone on campus, especially the students and staff. He would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome he has received since coming here. Bauman stated, “I think a lot of good things are coming out of the department,” and he is glad to be a part of that.

Officer Justin Schlottman is pictured after patrolling on bicycle.

Justin Schlottman, officer
Q- What are your favorite parts of being a police officer and of being a part of the MUPD?
A- My favorite part is not having the same thing day in and day out. This is one of the only careers where you can make it what you want. Things are rarely the same.
Q- What’s your favorite part of the MUPD?
A- My co-workers. I came from departments where I was the only officer working. Having someone to talk to on shift is great.
Q- Do you like getting to work closely with the University and the students?
A- I do. I’m an outgoing person and like talking with people and getting to know them. With the help of the students and faculty we can help make the University a safer place.
Q- Is there any advice you would like to bestow upon the MU students in regards to the MUPD or just as a personal message?
A- I can’t speak for the department itself, but the biggest thing would have to be honesty. Being honest and taking responsibility for what you did goes a long way.
Q- What kind of changes can the students expect to see with the addition of the three new officers?
A- I would say bike patrol, and more crime prevention activities.
Q- Overall, would you say MU is a pretty safe campus?
A- Yes. I think things are safer here than some of the other state schools.
Q- Do you have any advice for any students who are thinking about going into police work as a career after graduation?
A- One thing is police work isn’t what you see on TV and the movies. There’s action on TV, but you don’t see all the paperwork, and processing that occurs after an arrest is made. For the five minutes of action, there is close to 1.5-2 hours of paperwork. Police work is very taxing on your health, and personal life. Stress from home life and the job sometimes intermix, which adds more stress than the average person. If you can’t manage stress now, it’ll be very difficult for you if you want to be a police officer.
Q- Are you excited about being a part of the MUPD?
A- Yes. I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in my career.
Q- Is this your first time on a police force?
A- No, I’ve been a police officer for three and a half years. Out of all the departments I’ve worked for, this one is the biggest. During my time as a police officer I’ve had the opportunity to do many things. I’ve worked in Berks, Lebanon and Chester counties. That experience gave me the chance to see things a variety of different ways and has shaped me into the officer I am today.
Q- What is the most scariest part of your job as a policeman?
A- The uncertainty of what can happen. In police work the dynamics of an incident can change very quickly, and there is the possibility of not going home. The one thing is being shot; a suspect armed with an AK-47 killed my friend in the line of duty last year. That incident sticks in my mind as a reminder that anything can happen. The other is being struck by a car. Lots of officers across the nation have been killed by motorists not paying attention, or drunk driving.
Q- Where did you attend college?
A- Kutztown University
Q-Why did you become a police officer?
A- I knew I wouldn’t enjoy working a 9 a.m. -5 p.m. desk job in an office building. I have always enjoyed helping people. My interest in becoming a police officer formed when I was in 8th grade, and I had my mind set ever since.
Q-What was it like going through the police academy?
A- When I was in the academy it seemed to go on forever. Now when I look back, it was the best time of my life. I was in a small academy class and we all bonded together as one. We helped each other study and we found time to meet up after we graduated to relive some of our funny moments.
Q-What police academy did you attend?
A- Reading Police Academy. The academy is on Alvernia University’s campus.
Q-What are some of your personal experiences involving police work thus far?
A- There are too many to list. My first year as a cop (also known as the rookie year), I assisted a neighboring agency with a burglary which turned into a vehicle pursuit. This was part of a situation where a guy shot at his neighbor then barricaded himself in his house; I assisted at the scene of a double homicide. I investigated an accident, which the photos from the scene are now in a PA State Police presentation for accident investigation.

Officer kyle Garrity is pictured outside of the MUPD police station.

Kyle Garrity, officer
Q- What are your favorite parts of being a police officer and the MUPD?
A- My favorite parts of being a Police Officer at MUPD is my daily interaction with the students, faculty/staff. I am happy to be a part of the Millersville family; I hope to add to the outstanding reputation of the University.
Q- What’s your favorite part of the MUPD?
A- My favorite part of the MUPD is being able to positively impact students lives on a daily basis.
Q- Do you like getting to work closely with the University and the students?
A- I do that is one of the highlights of the job here at MUPD.
Q- Is there any advice you would like to bestow upon the MU students in regards to the MUPD or just as a personal message?
A- As a Millersville University student you have the chance to do whatever it is you want to do. Go out and achieve your dreams and never stop until you’ve accomplished your dream. As Millersville University’s motto goes “Seize the Opportunity.”
Q- What kind of changes can the students expect to see with the addition of the three new officers?
A- I wouldn’t say things will be changed with the three of us being hired. The three of us will basically add to the already thriving MUPD reputation.
Q- Overall, would you say MU is a pretty safe campus?
A- I would say it is a safe campus, we usually have between two and four officers on patrol that work three 8 hour shifts and we have about 40 blue emergency phones that are properly lighted and placed throughout the campus.
Q- Do you have any advice for any students who are thinking about going into police work as a career after graduation?
A- I would tell them that if they would like to get into police work that they should do some ride along’s with MUPD and see what a career in police is about.
Q- Are you excited about being a part of the MUPD?
A- I am, I am blessed to be given the opportunity to work here. I could not be more thankful for Dr. Breaux, Chief Anders and anyone else who has been instrumental for the opportunity to work here.
Q- Is this your first time on a police force?
A- Yes, this is my first police job, prior to this I was a Correctional Officer at Monroe County Correctional Facility.
Q- What is the most scariest part of your job as a policeman?
A- I would have to say fear of the unknown. Not knowing what could happen when I approach a vehicle on a traffic stop or when I show up to a call where a person is emotionally disturbed or struggling with a mental disease.
Q- Where did you attend college?
A- I started my College Career at Northampton Community College in Fall 2006 where I played baseball and majored in Criminal Justice, I then transferred to East Stroudsburg University in 2008 and majored in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice and graduated in Fall 2010.
Q-Why did you become a police officer?
A- I want to help people and I know I can make a difference in the Law Enforcement community.
Q-What was it like going through the police academy?
A- It was physically and mentally straining, it tests everything about you as a person.
Q-What police academy did you attend?
A- I went to Lackawanna Police academy in Hazleton, Pa., I began in January of 2011, I graduated July 2011.
Q-What are some of your personal experiences involving police work thus far?
A- My third week on the job while I was in training, I helped in the apprehension of a burglary suspect in Millersville Borough. That would have to be the best experience so far of my short career.

Officer Jordan Byrnes is pictured by the MUPD information desk.

Jordan Byrnes, officer
Q -What are your favorite parts of being a police officer and the MUPD?
A- My favorite part of being a police officer is fulfilling a childhood dream, while being able to mentor and inspire future student leaders.
Q- What’s your favorite part of the MUPD?
A- MUPD offers a wide variety of training opportunities to help me excel as a police officer.
Q-Do you like getting to work closely with the University and the students?
A- I enjoy serving the Millersville University and community at large.
Q- Is there any advice you would like to bestow upon the MU students in regards to the MUPD or just as a personal message?
A- I would tell students to enjoy their time at Millersville University and also remember to make smart decisions.
Q- What kind of changes can the students expect to see with the addition of three new officers?
A- Same service, just three new faces.
Q- Overall, would you say MU is a pretty safe campus?
A- I would say Millersville University is a safe campus, as we strive to provide a safe, educational learning environment for the entire Millersville community.
Q- Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about going into police work as a career after graduation?
A- It takes patience as well as dedication within the position to be able to enjoy the other benefits one can receive as a law enforcement officer.
Q- Are you excited about being part of the MUPD?
A- I enjoy and take pride in all aspects of my career.
Q-Is this your first time on a police force?
A- Yes, I see the opportunities presented by the MUPD as a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow within my position.
Q-What is the scariest part of your job as a policeman?
A- Knowing the possibility that I may not be able to return home at the end of the shift due to situations that I could encounter during my work day.
Q- Where did you attend college?
A- Shippensburg University and Harrisburg Area Community College.
Q-Why did you become a police officer?
A- It has been my dream since childhood to become a part of law enforcement.
Q- What was it like going through the police academy?
A- I enjoyed my time in the academy and learned a tremendous amount.
Q- What police academy did you attend?
A- Harrisburg Area Community College
Q- What are some of your personal experiences involving police work thus far?
A- Starting professional relationships with co-worriers and the rest of the Millersville University.