Butler University places a high priority on keeping its campus safe for students, employees and visitors. The university police department offers educational and awareness programs on crime prevention and emergency response for students and staff. We also continually make safety enhancements to campus grounds and develop precautionary measures that touch every aspect of campus life.
Our police patrol supervisors and police officers are appointed under the statutes of the State of Indiana with full police power and are available 24 hours a day throughout the year. They are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. The security officers assist sworn officers in patrolling the campus on foot, locking and unlocking buildings, and conducting security and safety surveys of the physical campus.
If you see a crime on campus and would like to anonymously report it, Please describe the event giving as much of the following information as possible. For in-progress crimes please call 911 or 317-940-9999.
Butler University Police Department
525 W. Hampton Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Office of Parking Services
4702 Sunset Avenue, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Divisional Personnel Chart
The Department of Public Safety is a division of the Office of Finance and Administration.
University Police Operations Center: 317-940-BUPD—Option #1
Emergency number from campus IP phone: Dial 911
Emergency number from cell phone (pre-program your cell): 317-940-9999
Parking Services Office: 317-940-9243
Office of Parking Services
John joined the Butler University Police Department two years ago, after working with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) for 40 years in various positions in Operations, Investigations, and Administration. John served as Homeland Security Supervisor for IMPD, coordinating stadium security for Super Bowl XLVI, and also was District Commander and Deputy Chief of Operations.
John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a former Indianapolis Police Department Police Officer of the Year, a recipient of the American Legion Spartan Award for Valor, and a recipient of the Webber Seavey Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, presented by Attorney General Janet Reno, for Community Policing Excellence.
John was born and raised in Indianapolis, is married and a father of 3.
I am currently assigned as Captain of Operations for the Butler University Police Department. I have been in law enforcement since January 2000. I started my career with the City of Gary where I served in several capacities. I served as a field training officer for 6 years where I trained newly appointed officers. I also served as a D.A.R.E. officer, Community oriented policing officer, training coordinator and finished my career there as a Detective Corporal. I have served the Butler University community since late 2008. I hired in as a patrol officer before I was promoted to Detective Sergeant. I then served as a Patrol Sergeant for 5 years before taking my current position.
I have worked in law enforcement for 37 years. I began my career in 1979 at Indiana University (IUPUI) as a member of the Cadet Program. During my tenure at IUPUI Police Department I advanced to the rank of Captain. My responsibilities included Investigations, Records, Training, and the Office of Professional Standards and Compliance. I joined the Butler University Police Department in 2014 as a Detective and currently hold the position of Captain of Administration.
Aside from my law enforcement certification, I also hold a Master Instructor certification from the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. In 1995 I graduated from the Command Officer’s Development Course through the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville. I have developed and presented various law enforcement courses throughout Indiana. I was the grant Project Director and Presenter for The Training Project on Family Violence for Indiana Law Enforcement Officers awarded by Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program,Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice from 2001 – 2009.
I hold advance degrees in Criminology, Psychology, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, and Public Safety. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in Adult Education. I am Associate Faculty for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and have taught for Ivy Tech Community College. I have been appointed to or participated in various state, local, and university professional activities. I am a member of various international and state professional organizations.
My areas of specialization and interest include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Threat Assessment, Hate Crimes, Critical Incident Stress Management, Emergency Management, Clery Act, and service to my community..
Sgt. Roy M. Betz, was appointed to the Butler University Police Department (BUPD) in 2012. Prior to his appointment with BUPD, he was an Indiana State Police, Capitol Police Section Officer. He served with the Indiana State Police from 1991-1995, then again from 2002 to 2012. With the Indiana State Police he was instrumental in the training and development of new officers. He has experience in command, patrol, communications, and training. He currently is an Indiana Law Enforcement Board Certified Physical Tactics instructor and has attended the Force Science Institute, to become a certified Force Science Analyst, 2012. He has a strong belief in training and has held numerous training classes on law enforcement topics and self defense. Sgt. Betz has been an Honorary Instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Sgt. Betz holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice,emphasizing Homeland Security, and an Associate’s Degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently the Emergency Preparedness and Training Sergeant for BUPD.
I started my career in public safety in 1989 with Burns InternationalSecurity (BIS), until 1991, BIS provided public safety to the Butler campus.While employed at BIS, I served as a security officer, dispatcher, patrol officer and finally shift supervisor. When Butler moved its public safety operations inhouse I joined the department as a patrol officer. In 1994 I was promoted to corporal and by 1995 I was promoted to shift sergeant. I graduated from theMarion County Sheriff Reserve in 1993. In 1996 I graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) .
Since attending ILEA, I have participated in the following training programs:
IPD Basic and Advanced Firearms course, Glock Armorer’s course, Indiana Department of Toxicology, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Managing Civil Action, Sexual Assault Investigations, Instructor Development, Police Supervisor Management, Leadership and Liability, Strategies and Tactics of Patrol Stop Instructor, and Advanced Indiana Data and Communication Systems.
I was awarded Patrol Office of the Year in 1992-1993.More recent accomplishments include the Certificate of Commendation in July2000 for
Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Sergeant Crawn was a Case Manager working in community mental health. He provided services to children and their families and was a member of the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program that addressed substance abuse.
He received his B.S. in Psychology from Indiana State University in 2001. He has completed coursework for a M.S.degree in Psychology from ISU, but changed career paths before completing his Master’s Project. His involvement in the higher education community as an undergraduate student, graduate student, Instructor and Police Officer has given him a unique perspective. Having been a President and Historian of both social and honors Fraternities respectively, and through experiences with the Indiana State University African American Studies program, he understands the concept of the student experience and how it means something different for each individual. As a Police Officer, these things have enabled him to respond to situations and contribute to investigations, education, prevention, and planning in ways that may seem unconventional to others without similar experiences.
Sergeant Crawn began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the Indiana State University Police Department and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Course. He was involved in assignments including Field Training Officer, Counselor for the Jr. Police Academy, “1 in 4” Campus Adviser (Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention), and Adopt-A-Hall Officer. He was also hired by the Department of Physical Education as the Martial Arts Program Coordinator for the fall of 2007.
In 2008, he became an Officer in the City of Terre Haute Police Department. He learned to manage the many challenges of policing a large urban population that included a diverse community of residents, businesses and educational institutions. He served as a Hostage Negotiator, Ground Fighting and Physical Tactics Instructor, Bike Patrol Officer, Certified Drug Recognition Expert and was an active participant in Operation Pull-Over and Safe Driving Campaigns.
In 2013, Sgt. Crawn was hired by the Butler University Police Department. He served in the Patrol Division and was part of a proactive Night Shift unit. He served as an ILEA Physical Tactics Instructor for the Department. He also graduate with honors from the 2013 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Leadership Academy. At the end of the 2015-16 school year he was promoted to the position of Detective and was active in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Indiana. In 2017 he completed the FBI Crisis Negotiation Course through the Indianapolis Field Office. In February 2018 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and returned to the Patrol Division to supervise a night shift. In December 2020 he graduated from the first cohort of the Master of Science in Risk & Insurance program in the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. Sgt. Crawn understands and respects the high expectations for professionalism and level of service that are incumbent upon Officers in elite institutions of higher education. He has great reverence for the public trust bestowed on the Law Enforcement Community and is motivated by the mission of educating, serving and protecting the Butler community.
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Detective Courtney White was appointed to the Butler University Police Department (BUPD) in August 2014. She graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in December 2009, and began her career as a Patrol Officer with the Indiana State Police-Capitol Police Section, where she worked for five years prior to joining BUPD. Through the years she has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Bike Patrol Certified Officer, ISP Camp Counselor, ISP-Capitol Public Information Officer, and was also detailed to the Undercover Gang Unit with the State Police at the Indiana Fair Grounds. She has taken part in a variety of programs and undergone many training courses throughout her career. She recently accepted the position as a Detective for the Butler University Police Department.
Officer Flinn is currently a patrolman on night shift and has served in the Butler University Police Department since June 2016. Graduating the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2013 as part of class 199, Officer Flinn served as a police officer for the Anderson University Police Department for three and half years. During that time, he also served in the Chesterfield and Edgewood municipal Police Departments as both a volunteer and part-time police officer.
In addition to his patrol duties, Officer Flinn is a Primary Instructor, Glock Firearms Armorer, and was recently selected as a Field Training Officer for new BUPD police officers.
I am a proud member of the of the Butler University Police Department for ten years. I am married with three young children. I received my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Indianapolis in 2004. I am a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class of 2004 # 157. I am a certified evidence technician and have also been to I.M.P.D. basic detective school. I am very proud to serve and protect Butler University and the surrounding community.
Dispatch Officer Walls was born in New Castle In. and still resides there today. He attended Vincennes University right after High School receiving an Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement. He is the proud parent of one daughter. He became a Police Officer at the age of 22 with the New Castle Police Department and later becoming a Sheriff Deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. He joined the Butler University Police Department as a Police Officer in 2008.