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Ex-Connellsville official McSheffery heads Cal U campus police staff

Cal U Police Chief Ed McSheffery

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

California University of Pennsylvania's new director and chief of campus police is no stranger to Connellsville residents.

Edward McSheffery, a former chief of the Connellsville Police Department, began his duties this month.

He had been assistant director of safety and security at Community College of Allegheny County and a sergeant and patrol shift leader at Carnegie Mellon University, both in Pittsburgh.

McSheffery's background includes training in hostage negotiations and criminal sexuality with the FBI; completed courses in auto theft, wiretapping and electronic surveillance with the state police; and certification as a firearms and Taser instructor.

He has bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Penn State University. And he is on track to complete a master's degree in applied criminology this summer at California University of Pennsylvania. He has 23 years of experience in law enforcement.

“Here at Cal U, that means getting to know the employees, the faculty and the students on campus,” McSheffery said. “Our police department also has a lot of interaction with borough police officers and the residents of the town. We're here to enforce the law, but our primary purpose is to create a safe and secure campus environment.”

Connellsville police Chief James Capitos said McSheffery left his position with the department in September 2010. According to information from Cal U, McSheffery served as chief for three years in the city.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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