For Immediate Release
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March 11, 1999
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IU Northwest Police Chief to Retire

When Indiana University Northwest police chief William Woods began his new assignment on campus in 1984, he only planned to stay in the role for five years. Fifteen years later, Woods has finally decided to turn in his badge to enjoy a well-deserved retirement at the end of the month.

From the time he began employment at the IU Northwest Police Department, Woods has been a leader in making ongoing positive change to the department he manages and to campus security.  He’s also had many opportunities to be “up close and personal” with many of the celebrities who have come on campus. While providing security for VIP’s can be seen as exciting, preparing for the events takes a lot of hard work and planning.

“One of the events that took the most preparation was the Olympic Torch Run in 1996,” says Woods, explaining that over 3000 people came to campus for a public celebration of the event. “It was a highlight of my career – and was very exciting for the department, university and the City of Gary. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase where we live and work.”

While his work as university police chief began 15 years ago, Woods’ dedication to law enforcement began many years before that. He started his career with the City of Hobart Police Department in April 1957, went through the ranks, and was promoted to chief in 1976.

“Law enforcement has been good to me,” says Woods. It interested me and I felt
it would give me the opportunity for flexibility in dealing with members of the community. It takes away from the boredom of doing the same thing day after day.”

Through the years, Woods has continued his involvement in the community. In 1989, he was appointed by the governor to serve on the board of the Law Enforcement Academy as an advisor. He was state president of the Police Chief Association and is still a member. Woods has also been involved with the Law Enforcement Coordinators Committee (LECC), Lake County Law Enforcement Committee and task forces through the governor’s office. In 1988 and 1998, Woods received the Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Although he is looking forward to retirement, Woods says he will greatly miss the IU Northwest campus community. Those on campus feel the same. Knowing each other since high school, the friendship between Woods and IU Northwest Dean of the Division of Allied Health, Robert Moon has grown even stronger while working on the same campus.

“I’ve never had a friend like him. He was and is always there for me,” says Moon. “There are so many things I want to thank him for. It’s going to be tough to replace him.”

Chancellor Hilda Richards agrees that Woods will be difficult to replace. “Chief Woods has been loyal and dedicated to the campus and its safety,” says Richards. “He’s made a great difference by serving as chief for 15 years and will be greatly missed.”

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