University officials take next step, wrap up UPD investigation

BSU officials, external sources to meet, review University Police discrepancy.

Ball State will go the extra mile by investigating two discrepancies by the University Police Department during a review board meeting tomorrow, said President Blaine Brownell.

Brownell appointed eight people -- Ball State personnel and three Muncie citizens -- to review the findings of the Indiana State Police investigation of the University Police Department. They will also advise him and other administrators about the next course of action.

"The Indiana State Police did this investigation at our request," Brownell said. "We asked them to get involved, which we didn't have to do. We don't want anyone to suspect that we let it drop when we should have come to a conclusion."

Today members will review the information provided to them and make recommendations to Brownell within a month. He said he will be satisfied with the review recommendations even if they don't find anything that needs to be pursued.

"There are just a few remaining things to look into," Brownell said. "Nothing criminal, but issues having to do with policy and professional behavior are being reviewed.

"It may not be criminal allegations we are reviewing, but they still are not desirable."

According to a Ball State news release, the board will investigate irregular findings in two officers' time sheets. They will also look into allegations of conduct unbecoming an officer.

"We want to make sure that we don't say, 'Well, there is no criminal activity found, so everything is wonderful,'" Brownell said.

Because the issues directly affect specific individuals, the meetings are not open to the public, Brownell said.

Brownell said he appointed the review board because administrators were not sure what to expect from the ISP investigation.

Although Delaware County Prosecutor Rick Reed found insufficient evidence indicating criminal activity, Brownell said he wants to make sure the two discrepancies were further looked into.

"The University Police Department ought to be a department with great integrity," Brownell said. "It should operate efficiently and be accountable. I think we will find out if this is being done through the comprehensive program review. It will tell us if the goals and the objectives of the department are what they should be."

University officials said they plan to conclude the investigation in May following the recommendations of the review board.


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