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The new cop on the block

Photo via Lt. Jerel Jones

Last semester, the beloved Lt. Sean Savage left Bradley, but now BUPD welcomes Lt. Jerel Jones.

“The Jones’ have always been in the police force, so it’s been in the family,” Jones said.

His numerous badges are proudly showcased on the desk in his office.

“Coming to Bradley was like a promotion for me, so it was an easy decision,” Jones said. “I worked as a detective in Western Illinois University, but I am a lieutenant here, so I manage people and their safety now.”

Jones was one of the police officers at the drugs training for Residential Living.

“I loved how engaging he was at teaching us about the different situations we might come across and I definitely feel safe at Bradley, especially because of such great officers on campus,” said Quinn Farrell, sophomore health science major and a returning resident adviser at University Hall.

Law enforcement is a 24/7 commitment. The long and irregular hours can definitely be a big challenge for every officer, especially if they have a family.

“Finding a way to decompress is key,” Jones said. “Every day, you are going to see things you definitely never want to see, but that’s part of the job. I think I am well managed that way, especially because I always find a time and way to take a break from everything.”

Besides his love for the police force, Jones said he still makes time for his children. They participate in many kinds of sports and Jones makes sure to attend every one of their events, whether it is soccer, baseball or basketball.

Jones also addressed all of Greek Life at the block party, which was part of Bradley’s Welcome Week.

“I definitely will make sure to educate every student at Bradley about very common practices like underage drinking. and how to be responsible and know one’s limits,” Jones said. “[drinking] is very prevalent amongst incoming freshmen and my aim is to make this campus as safe as possible.”

His goal is to become chief of police at Bradley or another university someday, if the opportunity opens up.

“Growing is definitely part of every job and it is something I intend to do every day,” Jones said.

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