Staff

Command Staff

The command staff is responsible for the overall operation of the University Police. Specific duties include long term planning, budgeting and fiscal priorities, employee development and training, policy decisions, staffing issues, records maintenance, and computerized database administration.

Chief John McCandless
Chief John McCandless

13 years with MUPD
35 years total in law enforcement
2002 Graduate of Western Michigan University Master Degree in Public Administration
1984 Graduate of Ferris State University Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Graduate of the 208th Class of the FBI National Academy
MU Hamilton Campus Instructor for Criminal justice


Lieutenant Stephen VanWinkle
Captain Stephen VanWinkle

18 years with MUPD
Graduate of the 241st Class of the FBI National Academy
Currently pursuing Master's in Criminal Justice at Miami University
2014 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice
2009 Graduate of Miami University Associates degree in Applied Science
2006 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
Senior Lean Leader
Operations Commander


Lieutenant Ben Spilman
Captain Ben Spilman

21 years with MUPD, serving with MUPD since 1996
Master of Science in Criminal Justice, concentration in Crime Analytic
2004 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-concentration in Criminology
2005 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
Senior Lean Leader
Director of Parking and Transportation Services


Lori A. MingesClery Act Coordinator, Lori Minges
11 years at MUPD
1997 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor Degree in Business
Compiles crime statistics for The Jeanne Clery Act
Ohio Notary
Monitors Police Budget
Supervisor to Records and Information Office Staff
Oversees student employment for department
Senior Lean Leader
mingesla@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-1936

Support Staff

The support staff is responsible for a variety of routine clerical work in support of law enforcement activities that include dealing with public enquiries at the information window at the police station, processing civilian fingerprints, processing departmental payroll, preparing arrest reports for court, processing traffic crash reports, submission of statistics for the Federal Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and scheduling of department's conference rooms.

Melissa KennelAdministrative Assistant Melissa Schappacher

4 years at MUPD
2013 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor Degree in Integrative Studies
Ohio Notary
Process police reports and fulfills public record requests
Compiles statistics for FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting
Conference Room Scheduling
Lost and Found
Senior Lean Leader
kennelma@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-2225


Marjorie FoustSenior Program Assistant Marjorie Foust

Employed by Miami University since 1998, 7 years at MUPD
2008 Graduate of Miami University Hamilton Associates Degree in Business
Ohio Notary
Payroll Processing for Police and Parking
Special events billing for Police
Conference Room Scheduling
Lost and Found
Senior Lean Leader
foustmj@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-2228


Communications Staff

The communications staff is responsible for all calls for police, fire, and medical service that are initially received and processed. Dispatchers answer both 9-1-1 calls and non-emergency calls, dispatch personnel, process information for police officers in the field, enter and retrieve information from three different computer databases, monitor teletypes and radio traffic from adjacent police agencies, monitor various alarm systems, and assist citizens who appear at the station. The department employs two full-time dispatchers for each of the three patrol shifts: First Watch (7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.), Second Watch (3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.),Third Watch (11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.)

Warren Bisdorf Emergency Dispatcher Warren Bisdorf

19 years with MUPD
41 years total in law enforcement
1977 Graduate of American University Bachelors Degree in Administration of Justice
Member of Association of Retired Police of Washington D.C. and Public Safety Communications Officers
LEADS TAC


Megan BoltonEmergency Dispatcher Megan Shiflett

3.5 year with MUPD
Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Miami University 
Certified EMT-B


Jo SwartzEmergency Dispatcher Jo Hatton

19 years with MUPD
Former LEADS TAC
Certified Bereavement Counselor with Resolve Through Sharing 


Kara Knight Emergency Dispatcher Kara Knight

5 years with MUPD
Currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice at MU


Kim KnoxEmergency Dispatcher Kim Knox

12 years with MUPD
19 years total in law enforcement
Graduate of Miami University with a Bachelors in Science Kinesiology and Health
APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator Certified


Chris OsborneEmergency Dispatcher Chris Osborne
3 years with MUPD
13 years total as Police and Fire Dispatcher
1995 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor in Health Appraisal and Enhancement

Investigations Staff

The investigation staff is responsible for handling the investigation of criminal offenses reported to the University Police. The detectives interview witnesses, victims, and suspects, collect physical and other material evidence, gather information and reports from other agencies, such as crime labs or other police departments, and prepare criminal cases for prosecution in court. They also conduct background investigations of candidates applying for appointment as a police officer with the department

Jim BechtoltDetective Lieutenant Jim Bechtolt

17 years with MUPD
Currently pursuing Master's in Criminal Justice at Miami University
1999 Graduate of University of Toledo Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice
2015 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
Firearms Instructor
Supervisor of Detective Unit and Dispatch Division
U.S. Navy Veteran


Sharon BurkettDetective Sharon Burkett

14 years with MUPD
crothesl@MiamiOH.edu


Walt Schneider Detective Walt Schneider

17 years with MUPD
2008 Graduate of Miami University Bachelors Degree in Health Appraisal & Enhancement
2009-2012 Attended the National Computer Forensic Institute, studied Computer Forensics
Currently pursuing Master's in Criminal Justice at Miami University
Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations 
Mobile Device Recovery Technician
schneiwb@MiamiOH.edu


Patrol Staff

The patrol staff is responsible for uniformed patrol of the campus. Duties include responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, taking and investigating criminal offense reports, enforcing all traffic and criminal statutes under Ohio law by arresting and/or citing those found violating them, emphasizing crime prevention, and engaging in active patrol to deter and detect criminal activity. Patrol officers are assigned to one of three shifts, or watches, which are supervised by sergeants. The department's patrol deployment is specifically structured to maximize the number of officers on duty during the busiest hours of darkness (9:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.). Officers patrol on foot, in cars, and on bikes in order to optimize the public's access to officers, and the officers' ability to detect and deter crime. Officers are sometimes deployed in plainclothes to target specific types of offenses (liquor violations, drug abuse, etc.). All three shifts begin with roll call, during which the sergeant makes duty assignments and announces any specific activities scheduled for the day. Current reports and cases are reviewed, and any special instructions are issued, before officers leave to check their equipment and begin regular patrol.

First Watch

First watch officers begin their tour of duty at 7:30 in the morning, normally with 3 patrol officers and a sergeant on duty. Activity on a typical day usually includes traffic enforcement, money escorts, vehicle lock-outs, taking and filing offense reports, medical emergencies, and other calls for service. In terms of directed activity (responding to calls from the public), first watch is usually the busiest shift. They also take more offense reports than the other watches.

Second Watch

Second watch officers report for duty at 5:30 p.m., normally with 4 patrol officers and a sergeant on duty. Activity for a typical evening usually includes traffic enforcement, extensive patrol, often on foot, responding to calls-in-progress (disputes, break-ins, etc.), taking and filing offense reports, and initiating arrests/citations for criminal violations. Second watch usually tops the other watches in terms of initiated activity (incidents officers discover while on patrol).

Third Watch

Third watch officers report for duty at 9:30 p.m., normally with 2 patrol officers and a sergeant. Since half of their shift overlaps with second watch, activity for third watch officers is much the same as seconds, including traffic enforcement, extensive patrol, responding to calls in progress (disputes, break-ins, etc.), taking and filing offense reports, and initiating arrests/citations for criminal violations. Most of the department's DUI arrests are made during third watch.

Aaron Baker Officer Aaron Baker

16 years with MUPD
17 years total in law enforcement
2000 Graduate of Indiana University Associates Degree in Criminal Justice
Firearms Instructor
bakerja2@MiamiOH.edu


Darrell Byrd Officer Darrell Byrd

5 years with MUPD
8.5 years total in law enforcement
2008 Graduate of Butler Tech Police Academy
byrddl@MiamiOH.edu


Don Delph Officer Don Delph

21 years with MUPD
24 years total in law enforcement
Certified CVSA operator, Fire Arm Instructor, and Master Criminal Investigation
delphdr@MiamiOH.edu


Michelle MerzSergeant Michelle Hercules

9 years with MUPD
20.5 years total in law enforcement and Corrections
14 years at Butler County Sheriff's Office
1997 Graduate of Miami University Bachelors Degree in Education
Served as a Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Officer at the Butler County Sheriff's Department
herculmr@MiamiOH.edu


Keith Hibbard and Figo Officer Keith Hibbard and Figo

15 years with MUPD
17 years total in law enforcement
Patrol/Explosive Detection K9 Handler
US Navy Veteran 15 years total- 8 active duty and 7 in reserve
hibbarkm@MiamiOH.edu


Officer Charles Howard

7 years total in law enforcement
State Trooper with The Ohio State Highway Patrol since 2011
2011 Graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy Class 151
2001 Graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Psychology 
howard43@MiamiOH.edu


Officer Michael Jarvi Officer Michael H. Jarvi
2 years with MUPD
2.5 years total in Law Enforcement
US Army Veteran, 82nd Airborne Division, served on the Global Reaction Force for 3 years
Deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Tom Lampl Officer Tom Lampl

11 years with MUPD
17 years total in law enforcement
Certified Police Instructor
Field Training Officer
Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University Bachelors Degree in Biology
lamplta@MiamiOH.edu


Officer Jonathan Price Officer Jonathan Price
2 years with MUPD
11 years total in law enforcement
Taser Instructor, ASP Handcuffing and ASP Baton Instructor
Evidence Technician
Glock and Colt AR15/M16 Armorer
pricejl3@MiamiOH.edu 

Officer Latona Reid

11 years total in law enforcement 
2011 graduate of the University of Cincinnati Masters in Criminal Justice
2004 graduate of the University of Cincinnati Bachelors in Criminal Justice 
Associates in Paralegal Program
reidl@MiamiOH.edu


Andy RosenbergerSergeant Andy Rosenberger

15 years with MUPD
1998 Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication
2015 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
Bike Patrol Officer
Senior Department Lean Leader
Patrol Supervisor
rosenbaa@MiamiOH.edu


Jarrad SizemoreOfficer Jarrad Sizemore
4 year with MUPD
6 years total in law enforcement
US Navy Veteran, service included Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom
Pursuing Miami University Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice
Certified Field Training Officer
sizemojc@MiamiOH.edu
Scott SmithSergeant Scott Smith

12 years with MUPD
25 years total in law enforcement
Patrol Supervisor, Mobile Field Force Instructor
Quartermaster (Uniform/Equipment)
2012 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor in Creative Writing with a minor in Jewish Studies
2011 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
2016 Graduate of Miami University, Master's in Political Science with a focus in Public Administration
smithws@MiamiOH.edu


Matt StarrOfficer Matt Starr
3 year with MUPD
9 years total in law enforcement
starrm2@MiamiOH.edu
Sergeant Susan Tobergte Sergeant Susan Tobergte
12 years with MUPD
21 years total in law enforcement
2016 Graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
1995 Graduate of Miami University Associates Degree in Sociology
Patrol Supervisor
moosse@MiamiOH.edu
Steve TruittOfficer Steve Truitt
29+ years with MUPD
36 years total in law enforcement
1991 Graduate of Miami University Bachelors Degree in Arts
truitths@MiamiOH.edu
Greg VanWinkleOfficer Greg VanWinkle
21 years with MUPD
32 years total in law enforcement
Served as Elected Union County (Indiana) Sheriff for 4 years
US Army Reserve Service for 7 years
Served with Liberty, Indiana Police Department 7 years
vanwing@MiamiOH.edu
Jerry YatesSergeant Jerry Yates
12 years with MUPD
23 years total in law enforcement
Patrol Supervisor
Bike Round-up Supervisor
Served as Deputy Sheriff Belmount County (Ohio) for 12 years
Law Enforcement Instructor, Taser Instructor, and Mandatory Training Director
yatesjh@MiamiOH.edu
David YoungOfficer David Young
8 years with MUPD
13 years total in law enforcement
IPMBA Certified
youngda2@MiamiOH.edu

Jay YoungOfficer Jay Young
12 years with MUPD
22 years total in law enforcement
10 years at Butler County Sheriffs Office as Deputy Sheriff, 
1986 Graduate of I.T.T. Tech Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering
Certified Field Training Officer (FTO)
Recognized as an expert witness in the field of Accident Reconstruction throughout Butler County
youngja6@MiamiOH.edu