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Prairie State College adds three to police force

Prairie State College Police Chief John P. Murphy Sr. (left) PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree (right) congratulate newest police

Prairie State College Police Chief John P. Murphy Sr. (left) and PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree (right) congratulate the newest police officers in the police and campus safety department. | Supplied photo

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Updated: January 23, 2014 6:02AM



Prairie State College welcomed three new police officers to the police and campus safety department during a recent swearing-in ceremony held at the Chicago Heights college.

The three new officers — Robert Pinnow, a retired Chicago Heights police officer; Daniel Vaci, retired head of security at Jewel and part-time police officer with the South Chicago Heights Police Department; and Felix Simpkins, a retired officer from the Illinois State Police and an adjunct professor of criminal justice at PSC — joined a team of five other officers, according to a press release from the school.

Led by Chief John P. Murphy Sr., the department also includes Steve Winding, a four-year veteran of the PSC Police Department; James O’Banner, a retired officer from the Cook County Sheriff’s police; Sgt. Al Thompson, a retired sergeant from the Cook County Sheriff’s police, and Sgt. Sam Pavesich, a retired sergeant from the Chicago Heights Police Department.

Murphy said the department is committed to hiring experienced police officers who already have graduated from an Illinois police academy.

“We want our officers ready for any and all situations that might arise on campus,” Murphy said.

PSC President Terri L. Winfree, who administered the oath, said, “It is an honor to swear in three new police officers to the force. I would like to officially welcome them to the PSC family.”

Staff report



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