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New SIUE police officers bring experience from Metro East area

To continue to provide a safe and secure campus environment, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police Department has added four officers to its squad. The new members of the force bring prior experience as police officers and 911 dispatchers from the Metro East area.

The officers were sworn in Friday, Aug. 20 by SIUE Chief of Police Kevin Schmoll. Chancellor Randy Pembrook and Vice Chancellor for Administration Morris Taylor also participated in the ceremony.

The new officers are:

• Destiny Bramblett graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 2014 with a bachelor’s in integrated studies. An SIUE alumna, Bramblett also earned a master’s in kinesiology from the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior in 2019. She is a former women’s basketball coach at SIUE, Marshall University and the University of Chattanooga.

• Taylor Kalous earned a bachelor’s and master’s in criminal justice from Western Illinois University. He has 911 dispatching experience with the Collinsville Police Department, Vandalia Police Department, Fayatte County Sheriff’s Department, and Bond County Sheriff’s Department.

• Nicholas Pruitt earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice in 2014 from Greenville University, where he began his career as a police officer in 2020. A native of Breese, Pruitt previously served as a 911 dispatcher with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for more than seven years.

• Jeremy Spiller earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from SIUE in 2016. Spiller’s father was a former SIUE police officer in the early 1990’s, and his mother is a recent SIUE retiree.

Previously, he served four years as a deputy at the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
Bramblett and Kalous are currently attending Southwestern Illinois College’s Police Academy and will graduate December 3. Meanwhile, Spiller and Pruitt are completing the Field Training Program at SIUE.

Photo: (L-R) SIUE Vice Chancellor for Administration Morris Taylor, Chancellor Randy Pembrook, Officers Nicholas Pruitt, Taylor Kalous, Destiny Bramblett and Jeremy Spiller, and Police Chief Kevin Schmoll.

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