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The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton announces retirement

The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton will retire, effective June 30, after 37 years in law enforcement. Denton, who served nine years as OSU police chief, plans to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Ohio State University, but look forward to this next chapter in my life,” Denton said. “My wife, Jane, is also retiring in June from her local teaching position, and we are excited to spend more time with our three children and seven grandchildren.”

Denton became the ninth chief in OSU Police history in 2006 and promptly reorganized the Police Division to focus on a crime analysis and problem-oriented approach to address campus crime issues. Under Denton’s leadership, OSU Police was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Chief Denton also oversaw many public safety operations for sporting events, political campaigns and dignitary visits.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Denton spent 28 years with the Columbus Division of Police, reaching the rank of commander.

“Chief Denton’s leadership, vision and knowledge have elevated our levels of service to the campus community and made Ohio State a safer place for everyone,” said Vernon Baisden, assistant vice president and director of the Department of Public Safety at Ohio State. “Thanks to his many years of distinguished service and leadership, our officers are prepared to carry on Chief Denton’s legacy.”

Denton was recognized in 2011 by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police with the Theodore Jones Service Award for his professional contributions to the organization and the office of chief of police. He holds two master’s degrees and has received certificates in the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) and Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) programs. He plans to serve as a consultant with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) after his retirement.

“Chief Denton’s strong commitment to Ohio State helped our university remain a national leader in safety,” said Jay Kasey, Office of Administration and Planning senior vice president. “Our Police Division, and the entire Department of Public Safety, is a shining example of our commitment to maintain a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Deputy Chief Craig Stone, who joined OSU Police May 1, will serve as the acting police chief while long-term plans are finalized.