EMU adds three new police officers

 Three new police officers joined the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety Monday, as part of the University’s broad plan to continue to enhance safety and security at Eastern.

The officers were sworn in during an early afternoon ceremony at the Village Apartments Commons, located across from DPS headquarters.
The three officers – Philip Beasley, Matthew Pettigrew and Timothy Siecinski – are part of a planned overall increase this year of 10 officers. Four were hired during this past summer, with three more set to be hired later this fall. The increased staffing will give Eastern a University record of 43 fully professional, deputized officers.
“These are three outstanding officer candidates, and we are extremely happy to bring them on board to become part of our family at EMU,” said Bob Heighes, Eastern Michigan’s chief of police and executive director of the Department of Public Safety.
Beasley, who worked for the Flint Police Department for a year before coming to EMU, grew up in the Waterford area and attended Oakland Community College and the Mott Police Academy.
Pettigrew, an EMU graduate and former Eastern wrestler who hails from St. John’s, near Lansing, attended the Oakland County Community Police academy and worked for several departments in mid-Michigan before coming to Eastern.
Siecinski, who grew up in Livonia and graduated from Ferris State with a degree in criminal justice, had been working in construction prior to coming to Eastern.
The increased police staffing is part of the University’s ongoing focus on maintaining EMU’s safe campus and enhancing safety and security around campus.
The full scope of Eastern Michigan University’s comprehensive  safety and security measures, including an overview video, can be found at www.emich/edu/police
 

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