FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)– Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne announced the hiring of Julie Yunker as the new chief of the university police department Monday, the first time a woman has ever held that position.
“Well, fortunately for me I’ve had both really good male and female role models throughout my law enforcement career,” Yunker said. “It doesn’t matter what gender you are as long as you take the good lessons and you also take the bad lessons over the years and apply those to who you work with. The better the working environment you have, the better chance you are going to be successful, whether you are male or female.”
Yunker has previous experience not only teaching criminal justice training at multiple universities, but also experience ranging from narcotics investigations and hostage negotiations to uniformed operations and youth anti-violence programs. She was also a member of the U.S. Air Force.
“Julie’s experience in the higher education world makes her the perfect choice as our new chief of police,” said Stan Davis, interim vice chancellor for financial affairs at IPFW. “The combination of her work on a university police force and her classroom time as a criminal justice instructor gives her a special appreciation for our students’ needs and concerns.”
In the next few weeks, Yunker plans to meet with her staff to come up with a plan on what needs to be done and how they can accomplish it. “Officers want more training and others on campus want officers to give them more training,” she said.
Yunker holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, both from Ferris State University. She officially started her new position Sunday.
Before coming to IPFW, Yunker worked five years as director of criminal justice training for Grand Valley State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in front-line law enforcement and criminal justice instruction.