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

14 years with MUPD
36 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

20 years with MUPD
Graduate of the 241st Class of the FBI National Academy
2018 Graduate of Miami University Graduate School, Master of Science in Criminal Justice
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

22 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. Minges

Clery Act Coordinator, Lori Minges

12 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.

Marjorie Foust

Senior Program Assistant, Marjorie Foust

Employed by Miami University since 1998, 8 years at MUPD
2008 Graduate of Miami University Hamilton Associates Degree in Business
Payroll Processing for Police and Parking
Ohio Notary
Special events billing for Police
Conference Room Scheduling
Lost and Found
Senior Lean Leader
foustmj@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-2228


Leslie Herbst

Program Associate, Leslie Herbst

Employed by Miami University since 2012, recently hired by MUPD
2009 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor Degree in Teacher Education
Ohio Notary
Process police reports and civilian background checks
Conference Room Scheduling
Lost and Found
gaultla@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-2229


Melissa Kennel

Administrative Assistant, Melissa Schappacher

5 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


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.)

Allnutt

Emergency Dispatcher, Nicole Allnutt

Recently hired by MUPD 
2 years total as Police, Fire, and EMS Dispatcher
2002 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor in Psychology and Minor in Management


Warren Bisdorf

Emergency Dispatcher, Warren Bisdorf

20 years with MUPD
42 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


Jo Swartz

Emergency Dispatcher, Jo Hatton

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


Kim Knox

Emergency Dispatcher, Kim Knox

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


Chris Osborne

Emergency Dispatcher, Chris Osborne

4 years with MUPD
14 years total as Police and Fire Dispatcher
1995 Graduate of Miami University Bachelor in Health Appraisal and Enhancement


Megan Bolton

Emergency Dispatcher, Megan Shiflett

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


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 Bechtolt

Detective Lieutenant Jim Bechtolt

19 years with MUPD
2018 Graduate of Miami University Graduate School, Master of Science in Criminal Justice
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 Burkett

Detective Sharon Burkett

15 years with MUPD
crothesl@MiamiOH.edu


Walt Schneider

Detective Walt Schneider

18 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.

Darrell Byrd

Officer Darrell Byrd

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


Don Delph

Officer Don Delph

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


Gleason

Officer Robert Gleason

1 year with MUPD
17 years total in law enforcement
Level IV Accident Reconstructionist
2001 Graduate of Georgetown College
gleasorm@MiamiOH.edu


Michelle Merz

Sergeant Michelle Hercules

10 years with MUPD
21.5 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

16 years with MUPD
18 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


Charles Howard

Officer Charles Howard

8 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

3 years with MUPD
4.5 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
jarvimh@MiamiOH.edu


Tom Lampl

Officer Tom Lampl

12 years with MUPD
18 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

3 years with MUPD
12 years total in law enforcement
Taser Instructor, ASP Handcuffing and ASP Baton Instructor
Evidence Technician
Glock and Colt AR15/M16 Armorer
pricejl3@MiamiOH.edu


Latona Reid

Officer Latona Reid

12 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


Nicole Roberts

Officer Nicole Roberts

1 year with MUPD
12 years total in law enforcement
2007 Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Master's degree in Criminal Justice
2006 Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology
robertn7@miamioh.edu


Andy Rosenberger

Sergeant Andy Rosenberger

16 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


Nicole Roberts

Officer Robert Schneider 

16.5 years total in law enforcement
Recently hired by MUPD 
Certified CVSA Examiner, Field Training Officer, Technical Crash Investigator, and Evidence Technician 
DEA Certified in Clandestine Laboratories and Tactical Entry into Methamphetamine Laboratories
Pursuing an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice
schneird@MiamiOH.edu


Jarrad Sizemore

Officer Jarrad Sizemore

5 year with MUPD
7 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 Smith

Sergeant Scott Smith

13 years with MUPD
26 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 Starr

Officer Matt Starr

4 year with MUPD
10 years total in law enforcement
starrm2@MiamiOH.edu


Sergeant Susan Tobergte

Sergeant Susan Tobergte

13 years with MUPD
22 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 Truitt

Officer Steve Truitt

29+ years with MUPD
37 years total in law enforcement
1991 Graduate of Miami University Bachelors Degree in Arts
truitths@MiamiOH.edu


Greg VanWinkle

Officer Greg VanWinkle

22 years with MUPD
33 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 Yates

Sergeant Jerry Yates

13 years with MUPD
24 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 Young

Officer David Young

9 years with MUPD
14 years total in law enforcement
IPMBA Certified
youngda2@MiamiOH.edu


Jay Young

Officer Jay Young

13 years with MUPD
23 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