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GVSU selects new police chief

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Mar 7, 2018 at 7:50 PM

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University officials have named a new chief of police to replace Renee Freeman, who resigned from the post in October 2017.

The new chief and director of public safety is current GVSU Police Capt. Brandon DeHaan. DeHaan had been serving as acting director and chief since Freeman left, and the promotion was effective immediately.

The college did not disclose the reason for Freeman’s resignation. She spent 27 years with the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and was a police academy instructor at GVSU for 15 years prior to being named chief of the GVSU department in 2013..

DeHaan has served with the GVSU police department since 1987 and was promoted to sergeant in 1997. In 2004, he was promoted to assistant director of public safety services and then captain. DeHaan is also the Clery compliance officer for the department, which means he reports all fires, sexual assaults, larcenies and other crimes to the campus community in the department’s annual report.

“Capt. DeHaan is highly experienced and his longtime service and leadership in the department have been recognized by our campus community,” said D. Scott Richardson, acting vice president for finance and administration at 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.”

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