Cal U. names new campus police chief

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A former municipal police chief in Fayette County has been named campus police chief at California University of Pennsylvania.


Edward McSheffery, a 23-year law enforcement officer who oversaw the Connellsville Police Department, began his new duties this month at Cal U., university spokeswoman Christine Kindl said.


Prior to arriving at Cal U., he was assistant director of safety and security at the Community College of Allegheny County and police sergeant and shift supervisor at Carnegie Mellon University.


He has trained in hostage negotiations and criminal sexuality with the FBI, completed courses in auto theft, wiretapping and electronic surveillance with the Pennsylvania State Police and earned certification as a firearms and Taser instructor.


McSheffery is expected to earn a master’s degree in applied criminology this summer at Cal U.


He will oversee a department of 16 officers who supply 24-hour patrols of the 294-acre campus.


McSheffery said he supports a policing style that builds strong relationships in the community.


“Here at Cal U., that means getting to know the employees, the faculty and the students on campus,” he stated in a news release.


“Our police department also has a lot of interaction with (California) borough police officers and residents of the town. We’re here to enforce the law, but our primary purpose is to create a safe and secure campus environment.”


McSheffery replaces Bob Downey, who resigned to take a job as police chief in Green Tree, Kindl said.


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