OSU announces new police chief

Lt. Shanon Anderson will take control of the police department on Jan. 1.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 11:47 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2020 9:17 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University announced a police chief for its new police department on Monday.

Lt. Shanon Anderson will take control of the police department on Jan. 1. That day, the university's police department will officially launch. Anderson currently works as a Lieutenant with the Seattle Police Department where she has been since 1992. She is also a certified instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice System and the Seattle Police Department in leadership and implicit bias training.

Fiona Hubbard, a senior at OSU, said she hopes Anderson does create bias training for officers.

"When my boyfriend and I have attended town hall meetings, you can definitely tell there’s a lot that needs to be done and there’s a lot of minority students who need to be listened to in order to move forward," Hubbard said.

According to an official with OSU, there'll be a total of 20 officers working for the new police department. This includes the chief, a lieutenant, sergeants, and patrol officers.

Anderson said in a statement that she is looking forward to working at OSU and in the Corvallis community.

“Having had the opportunity to speak with students, staff and leadership during the interview process, it is clear to me that there is strong community interest in safety and a commitment at OSU for positive and well-planned public safety services. I look forward to working with and supporting all community members," Anderson said.

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