(L-R) SIUE Vice Chancellor for Administration Rich Walker, Kasey Hoyd, Lindsey Rice, Police Chief Kevin Schmoll, Xac Vo and Chancellor Randy Pembrook.

EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Police Department has added three officers to its squad, bringing the total number of sworn officers to 43. The officers were inducted Wednesday, Jan. 10 by Chancellor Randy Pembrook, with Vice Chancellor for Administration Rich Walker and Police Chief Kevin Schmoll also participating in the ceremony.

“We appreciate the commitment to public safety that these officers have made by taking the law enforcement oath to protect and serve,” said Walker. “I know they take tremendous pride, satisfaction and fulfillment in their profession. SIUE is grateful for the wonderful work our police department does every day to keep students, employees and guests safe.”

“These additional officers will allow the SIUE Police Department to provide quality services at the School of Dental Medicine in Alton, ensuring safe and secure campus environments at all three of our University locations,” added Schmoll.

The new officers are:

Kasey Hoyd, a native of Chicago, who completed an internship at the SIUE Police Department in Spring 2015 before earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice from SIUE that same semester

Lindsey Rice, a Bethalto native, earned an associate’s in criminal justice from Lewis and Clark Community College in 2017 and has previously worked as a security officer at Argosy Casino

Xac Vo, of Belleville, is a native of Vietnam. He is a 2012 graduate of Samford University with a bachelor’s in religion and was an IT coordinator for the Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurse Association

Before joining the department full-time, they will complete 14 weeks at the Police Academy.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

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