New top cop on EIU campus

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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY — EIU has a new police chief. Kent Martin has been serving as interim chief.

Martin wants to get his department better connected with the public both on campus and off. He seeks to improve relations with programs geared toward reconnecting students, faculty and staff to area residents.

It started earlier Wednesday with a “Coffee with the Cops” event at the MLK Jr. Union. 

Martin is a 19-year veteran of EIU’s Police Department. He replaces Adam Due, who retired in December 2015.

Since arriving on EIU’s campus in 1997, Martin has performed duties as a patrol officer, detective, field training officer, evidence custodian, SWAT team member and juvenile police officer.

He was promoted to lieutenant in February 2016. He will oversee a department of 14 when he assumes his role Thursday. 

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