Former assistant director of the John Carroll University Police Department Brian Hurd accepted the position of JCUPD Police Chief on Monday, Feb. 8. He will begin his tenure on March 1, 2016.
Hurd has served as assistant director of JCUPD since 2008, where he managed compliance reports, created the department’s operations manuals and emergency response protocols, conducted and supervised investigations and oversaw hiring evaluation and staff development within the department. He has also served as associate director of police and security services at Case Western Reserve University and was the director of safety and security at Ohio Dominican College.
The newly elected chief is originally from Mantua, Ohio, where he graduated from Crestwood High School. He earned his degree in political science and criminal justice from Kent State University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Nonprofit Administration here at John Carroll.
The chief of police “goes to a lot of meetings,” Hurd said during an interview. “The security department is the only office on campus that is open 24/7, so we have a lot on our plate. We have to maintain contact at all times.”
He is also responsible for taking care of several state and federal level matters that come with managing college security, like Title IX documents, student conduct forms, and representing the Security Department in the Staff Council that takes care of John Carroll.
When asked what makes John Carroll so special, Hurd replied that JCU “has a very collegial feel. It is very much like a family, even though that sounds clichéd.”
Hurd also emphasized how wonderful his coworkers are. “There are a lot of good people, it’s that simple.”
He was quick to point out the student body as well, calling them “awesome” and detailing his plans to go on an immersion trip to Guatemala with John Carroll students.
Hurd specializes and provides training and instruction in the areas of personal safety, physical security, crime prevention, event security and emergency management. Along with being a Certified Protection Professional through the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), Hurd is a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement and is a board member of the Ohio Campus Law Enforcement Association.
Tom Peppard, the current JCUPD Police Chief, will be leaving JCU at the end of February and retiring after nearly 50 years of police service.