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Posted on August 9, 2010

Robert F. Downey, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, has been hired as the new director and chief of University Police.

Downey will begin his duties with Cal U's 18-member police department on Aug. 16.

A former lieutenant/commander with the Allegheny County Police, he had been the director and chief of University Police at Slippery Rock University since 2008.

Downey has a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from LaRoche College. He is a 1980 graduate of the Allegheny County Police Training Academy, a graduate of the FBI's National Academy, and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Athletic Association, the governing body for the Pennsylvania Police Olympics.

"I got excited about the position because I saw that Cal U, under President Armenti's leadership, was willing to make a commitment to make the police department the best it can possibly be," Downey said. "When I visited the campus, I was very impressed with all the growth that is going on. The campus has undergone such a transformation. It definitely is a centerpiece for the region."

Cal U's police force offers round-the-clock coverage of its 294-acre campus.