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An investigation into the Grambling State University Police Department has prompted immediate changes.

It was announced in February by university officials that there would be a detailed investigation into complaints and issues about campus law enforcement, but information on what has been found has yet to be released. 

“We have done a thorough review of our campus police department, said Will Sutton, director of public relations and communications. “There were a variety of things that were a part of the review, nearly all of them connected to personnel — and that’s something we do not discuss. We do not discuss personnel matters.” 

That review has led the university to search and hire a new Police Chief, replacing former Chief Michael Storr, and fill six police vacancies. According to the university website, the job posting was added, Wednesday, April 24, and requires a master’s degree and 10 years of experience.

The investigation, Sutton says is typical for all departments.  

“We have had an internal review, something that we do with various departments and units from time to time to ensure effective and efficient operations and results. The administration takes seriously all complaints and concerns about any of our departments and any of us,” said Sutton. 

In efforts to fulfill the positions, administration have sought the help from Willie Bell, a retired police chief that has gained public recognition for turning cities, communities and universities around. 

Arriving May 1, Bell will work closely with Leon Sanders, vice president of finance and administration in developing an operational manual for GSU PD.  Bell’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time as the campus has experienced a shooting and robbery.

“He will lead the search for a new police chief, help hire temporary police officers from the parish and city. He is not coming here to be the new police chief, he is coming here to do what he has done so successfully,” said Sutton. 

Currently, Sergeant Ruby Jones is leading the department had is reporting to Sanders..