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David A. Baer

Chief of University Police

Bradley University

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Bradley University

101 CGCC 1501 W. Bradley Avenue

Peoria, Illinois 61625

United States

Company Description

Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning ... more

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Peoria's Spalding High School

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Nato ad Indianapolis (USA) nel 1962, ha studiato tromba classica e jazz alla Berklee School of Music e nelle Universita' dell' Indiana e del Nord Colorado conseguendo il Diploma nel 1995 sotto la guida di William Adam e David Baker.

Baker. He taught for five years at the Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and in 1990 he received from the American Government the prestigious Fullbright Grant for his research (developed in Hungary) about Musical Education and Improvising. He collaborated with many jazz and pop artists as J. J. Johnson, D. Reeves, Bob Mintzer, The Spinners, The Temptations, and Liza Minnelli. Now he plays as concert artist and musical director either in America then in Europe.

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Anna did not come to the scene, but called Bradley Police Chief David Baer, who responded personally and spoke to Van Auken.

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Chief of Police David BaerBradley University Police Department, IL - Bradley Police ... [cached] - Bradley Police Chief David Baer said, "Basically we received a phone call that a person had saw some car tires that had been punctured. :: The Bradley Scout [cached]

Chief Baer dedicated to fairness

When Bradley hired University Police Chief Dave Baer in 1973, he said he thought it would be a temporary job.
"I thought I'd be here for a one- to three-year period," Baer said."But I just never left."
Originally from Pennsylvania, Baer completed some of his elementary schooling here and eventually graduated from Peoria's Spalding High School.He then worked for the railroad and attended classes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Baer joined the Navy in 1967 when the nation was in the thick of the Vietnam War.Baer served on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"When I started, [the ship] had just returned from Vietnam," Baer said."We were dry-docked for a while, and we were supposed to return to Vietnam."Instead, the aircraft carrier traveled to the Mediterranean.
Baer said serving in the Navy was a great experience.
"I loved it," he said.
Baer has seen many changes on Bradley's campus since he was hired, but he said he doesn't think crime is any different.
"It tends to be consistent," Baer said."We average the same number of thefts and personal crime.Nothing in human nature changes."
However, Baer said his department's authority to handle crime on campus has been transformed.
"When I came here, we were a security department," Baer said."It was a different type of interaction ... and we were confined to Bradley's property."
But in 1991, Bradley became the first private university in the state of Illinois to have a state-authorized police department.
Baer said the distinction allows the department to offer an enhanced level of response to both Bradley and the greater Peoria community.
"Our focus is the university, but the nature of the job draws us into the surrounding area," Baer said.
Fourteen officers currently work under Baer, and a 15th has just enrolled at the academy.
Baer said his department made an agreement with the city and Peoria County to allow his officers to issue tickets and make arrests.
"Becoming a police department only allowed us to make arrests on our property," Baer said."We made the agreement to make our duties fair and equitable within the municipality."
University police use forms supplied by city police, and work closely with the Peoria police department when cases affect both Bradley students and non-students.
Baer said the biggest challenge of leading the university police department is trying to make sure those affected by police are being treated fairly."We're perceived as insensitive," Baer said."But that's not the reason officers do their jobs."
He said he thinks of students' misbehavior as a learning experience, and thinks they benefit from learning the consequences of their actions."We try to let the students learn by doing," Baer said."We don't want to casually ignore their actions; then we're not doing what we're charged to do."
He offered university police's cooperation with the state's Campus/TAP operation as an example.
"Underage drinking is an issue," Baer said.

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