By: JIM IRIZARRY
Kurt Matz’s career has come full circle. He started his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Indiana University Police Department at IU Northwest in Gary. Now, 33 years later, Matz has been appointed chief of the IUPD South Bend.
Matz comes to IUSB from the Munster Police Department, where he most recently served as a lieutenant and patrol division commander. Matz is also an IU alumnus, having earned a Master of Public Affairs, with a focus on law enforcement, from IU in 1993. His undergraduate degree is from Saint Xavier University. He began his duties at IUSB on Sept. 1.
“I always wanted to get back to policing on a campus, and I talked to my wife and she said ‘Go for it,” Matz said in an interview. “We took one look at IUSB and everything worked out right. It’s a nice campus, perfect size with a good police department.”
Matz will be responsible for 12 full-time IUPD South Bend officers and additional staff. He will also serve on various university, local and state law enforcement committees and act as a liaison between the campus department and local municipal agencies and courts.
“Chief Matz comes to IU South Bend with solid law enforcement experience,” Chancellor Terry L. Allison said in a press release. “His approachable manner will contribute to community engagement efforts, where the police, campus, and community work together to continue to make IU South Bend a safe place to study and work.”