Meet Our Staff

The Kutztown University Public Safety Department employs 15 full time commissioned police officers who have received their primary training under the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act (PA Act 120). This is the same required training that all municipal police officers throughout Pennsylvania receive. Police Officers on campus participate in annual in-service police training pursuant to PA Act 180.

KU Police Officers:

  • Receive their police powers from the Governor of Pennsylvania under Pennsylvania Title 71 P.S. 646.1 and PA Act 188 of 1982.
  • Have full power of arrest for any violation of law on campus property and on select highways that traverse or abut campus property pursuant to Act 41 of 2015
  • Enforce all State and Local laws
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of Kutztown University
  • Investigate all reports of criminal activity on campus
  • Patrol campus with vehicles, bicycles, and on foot
  • Investigate all panic, fire, burglar, and mechanical alarms
  • Coordinate with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners
  • Provide and maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for the Kutztown University campus community  
  • Participate in multiple crime prevention services and programming for all our campus community

Staff

Chief of Police/Director- Police Services: John Dillon #13

  • Emergency Management Director
  • R.A.D. Instructor
  • Police Firearms Instructor
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • With the department since January 1991

Deputy Chief of Police/Assistant Director-Police Services: David Drezek #23

  • Graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff & Command #471
  • Operations Commander
  • FBI LEEDA Trilogy Recipient
  • POLEX Executive Development Program
  • With the department since June 2018

Police Supervisor (1st shift): Sgt. Barry Althouse #08

  • Shift Supervisor
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • Police Firearms Instructor
  • With the department since October 2006

Police Supervisor (2nd shift): Sgt. Tiffany Miller #21

  • Shift Supervisor
  • MCT Coordinator
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
  • With the department since January 2009

Police Supervisor (3rd shift): Sgt. Craig Beidler #06

  • Shift Supervisor
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • With the department since July 2013

Police Specialist: Det. Cpl. Justin Soumas #5

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Prosecution Officer
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • Field Training Officer
  • Alarm Systems Coordinator
  • With the department since September 2003 

Police Specialist:  Cpl. Paul Long #18

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Vehicle Maintenance Coordinator
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • Evidence Room Technician
  • Field Training Officer
  • IPMBA Bike Certification
  • With the department since August 2004

Police Specialist:  Cpl. Amanda George #12

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Coordinator
  • Crime Prevention Practitioner
  • R.A.D. Instructor
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
  • With the department since August 2004

Police Officer: Melanie Howe #11

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
  • Field Training Officer
  • Police Firearms Instructor
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate 
  • IPMBA Bike Certification
  • R.A.D. Instructor
  • With the department since September 2013

Police Officer: Daniel Brown #24

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • IPMBA Bike Certification
  • With department since November 2018

Police Officer: Jeffrey Buckley #28

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • IPMBA Bike Certification
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • With department since October 2019

Police Officer: David Gross #30

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • With department since November 2019

Police Officer: Ethan Hugg #32

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • With department since January 2022

Police Officer: Samuel Willis #55

  • Police Patrol Officer
  • With department since April 2022 

Clerical StaffDanielle Santos

  • Day Shift Office Staff
  • Academic year 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Summer 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • With the University since 2008
  • With the department since January 2022