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Kurt Matz named police chief at IU South Bend

Aug. 17, 2016

Kurt Matz has been appointed chief of the IU Police Department at IU South Bend.

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IUPD-South Bend Police Chief Kurt Matz | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU SOUTH BEND

Matz is an IU alumnus and most recently served as a lieutenant and patrol division commander for the Munster Police Department, where he has worked since 1983.

“Chief Matz comes to IU South Bend with solid law enforcement experience,” IU South Bend chancellor Terry L. Allison said. “His approachable manner will contribute to community engagement efforts, where the police, campus, and community work together to continue to make IU South Bend a safe place to study and work.”

Matz will be responsible for 12 full-time IUPD-South Bend officers and additional staff. He will provide leadership, direction and oversight for all campus enforcement functions. He will serve on various university, local and state law enforcement committees and act as liaison between the campus department and local municipal agencies and courts, while continuing to build partnerships with other jurisdictions.

“I am looking forward to working with the community at Indiana University South Bend. Everyone I have met throughout the selection process has been friendly and welcoming,” Matz said. “I’ve met several officers and staff at the police department and I am impressed with their professionalism. My wife and I are excited about becoming a part of the IU community.”

Matz earned a Master of Public Affairs, with a focus on law enforcement, from IU in 1993. His undergraduate degree is from Saint Xavier University. During his career, he has attended numerous management-level courses in law enforcement.

Matz begins his duties on Sept. 1.

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