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Public Safety Update

October 24, 2014

Earlier this week, Greg Hestness, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of the University of Minnesota Police Department, announced his plans to retire at the end of this academic year, in June 2015. I hope you'll join me in congratulating Greg on his retirement and thanking him for his service to the University of Minnesota.

Greg began as Assistant Vice President for Public Safety in August, 2003 and later that year was named Chief of Police as well. Under Greg's leadership, the Department of Public Safety and the UMPD have grown as highly professional law enforcement agencies, and have continually demonstrated their deep commitment to developing and supporting a campus-wide environment of safety.

The University community has enjoyed a steady drop in on-campus crimes through the past decade and has benefited greatly from Greg's leadership through major changes including the return of Gopher football to campus, the opening of the Green Line LRT, large events too numerous to mention, and tremendous growth both on and off campus. I'm especially appreciative of Greg's guidance and active response to the sudden and unexpected increase in off-campus robberies we saw last fall.

Greg grew up in Minneapolis, attended the University of Minnesota, and worked for 28 years with the Minneapolis Police Department before coming to the University of Minnesota. Greg has always been understandably proud of his Home Grown status, and his knowledge of and passion for the community. Over the years, Greg has established strong relationships and has become a respected voice in the Twin Cities law enforcement community.

We will begin very soon the process to refill this important leadership position. I'll be sure to keep you up to date on our progress.


This message was approved by the Vice President for University Services of the University of Minnesota and sent to all Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.

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