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Aug. 21, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU graduate, trustee chair earns police promotion

PITTSBURGH – Eric Holmes, a sergeant in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and chair of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees, will be promoted to commander at noon Aug. 22. He is a 1993 SRU communication graduate.

Holmes’ promotion was announced Monday along with three others by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Michael Huss, Pittsburgh public safety director, and Nathan Harper, chief of police.

The ceremony will be on the fifth floor of the City County Building.

Holmes, a Pittsburgh native, joined the Pittsburgh Police 13 years ago and has worked in the K-9 unit, narcotics and vice divisions. He was named a sergeant in 2007. He is a certified instructor at the Pittsburgh Police Academy and the Allegheny County Police Academy.

He was named chair of the SRU council earlier this year after having served as vice chair.

As an SRU student, he developed and organized various educational and social programs and assisted students with personal, vocational and academic concerns. He served as a student trustee on the council.

As a SRU graduate, Holmes has served as president of the SRU Alumni Association. In 2008, he established the Eric L. Homes Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.