Jan. 20, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU names Simmons new police chief
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Michael Simmons, the director of safety and security at the Community College of Allegheny County, has been named director and chief of University Police at Slippery Rock University.
Simmons begins his duties Jan. 24. He earned a master's degree in administration of criminal justice from Point Park University in 2010 and a bachelor of science in law enforcement from Point Park in 2004. He joined CCAC in April 2009. As director of safety and security, Simmons was responsible for all enforcement, safety and security functions at the college and supervised a security force of approximately 40 officers and clerical personnel.
“Chief Simmons brings a variety of policing experiences to this position. He’s worked in an educational setting, a small community and a large urban area. I believe his experience, integrity and skills will continue to build and improve the safe campus we enjoy.” said SRU President Robert Smith.
“I am pleased to have been selected as chief of police at Slippery Rock University. I have already met a number of faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the police department, and I think my skills, training and experience will be a good fit for the campus community. I look forward to undertaking the task and certainly believe we can all work together to continue and expand the high level of security that is part of the campus,” Simmons said.
Prior to joining CCAC, Simmons served as the police chief for the Titusville Police Department from October 2005 to March 2009. In this capacity, Simmons had immediate command of the entire department, including 15 full-time officers, K-9 and five officers assigned to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Narcotics Task Force.
From January 2009 to October 2005, he served as a detective with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police within the Internal Affairs Department. In that capacity it was his responsibility to investigate allegations of police misconduct and ensure that all 900 members of the Bureau of Police followed bureau policies, procedures and applicable laws. He earned six accommodations, including the Meritorious Service Award.
The 20-member SRU Police Department operates on a 24/7/365 basis, to protect the 610-acre campus as well as off-campus facilities, including the Old Stone House.
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.