Eastern Illinois University has appointed Kent Martin as the new Chief of Police. Martin had served in the position as interim previously. Martin says that he will work to Familiarize EIU students and the community with his department.
“We will focus on outreach and, in doing so, we are available to speak to any group or organization that would be interested in having us,” Martin said. “That goes for the residents of Charleston, as well. I think it is important for them to know a little more about us and exactly what it is that we do.”
The appointment was announced by interim associate Vice President of Student affairs Lynette Drake following a national search which brought three potential candidates to EIU.
“Chief Martin’s knowledge of and commitment to the university is commendable. He is well respected within the local law enforcement community and has worked collaboratively through Eastern’s police department with the city, county and state,” Drake said. “I applaud his vision to enhance UPD’s communication, visibility and interactions with campus constituents and community partners.”
Martin has served on EIU’s police force for 19 years as a patrol officer, detective, field training officer, evidence custodian, SWAT Team Officer, and juvenile police officer.
In addition to outreach, Martin plans to bring unique training opportunities to the 14-member department. He is originally form Kansas, IL.