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College appoints public safety director and chief of police

March 27, 2018
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Brandon DeHaan
Brandon DeHaan. Courtesy GVSU

A local college has named a new law enforcement leader.

Grand Valley State University said last month it appointed Brandon DeHaan to be its public safety director and chief of police.

He had been serving as acting director and chief since Oct. 13.

DeHaan was hired as an officer in the Grand Valley Police Department in 1987. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, and in 2004, he was promoted to assistant director of public safety services and then captain. DeHaan is also the Clery compliance officer for GVPD.

He began as an intern with the Grand Rapids Police Department from 1981 to 1984 and worked as a part-time police officer at GVSU from 1982-1987.

"Captain DeHaan is highly experienced and his long-time service and leadership in the department have been recognized by our campus community," said D. Scott Richardson, acting VP for Finance and Administration, GVSU.

"We are confident that he will continue to move us forward in providing a safe learning and living environment for the entire Grand Valley community."

DeHaan graduated from GVSU with a B.A. in 1985. He is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.

Outside of work, he has leadership roles with Richmond Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.

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