Julie Yunker Becomes University's 1st Woman Police Chief

New IPFW Police Chief Sworn-In

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Chief Julie Yunker of IPFW Police Department

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    Julie Yunker is sworn in as IPFW police chief on Aug. 6, 2014.

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August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne made history Wednesday with the swearing-in of its first woman police chief.

Chief Julie Yunker took the oath of office Wednesday afternoon at Kettler Hall.

She brings 20 years of law enforcement experience to IPFW.

She most recently spent five years as director of criminal justice training for Grand Valley State University.

"I come from law enforcement in a metropolitan setting--more of a city police department--where there's crime going on all over the city; and that's our main focus," Yunker says. "In a university setting, law enforcement isn't the main focus. It's definitely part of the job, but really getting out and being of service to the community, the students, the university, the staff and the faculty is the bigger focus."

Yunker has a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and Master's degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.
Yunker holds a Master of Science in criminal justice administration and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, both from Ferris State University.

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