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Eric Holmes

IPS Training Instructor

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Eric L. Holmes is a consultant with IPS and has served as an accomplished police executive with 25 years of professional law enforcement experience.  Chief Holmes is currently employed as Chief of Police with Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. 


In 1997 Chief Holmes joined the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police were he previously held the rank of commander and served as the Chief of Staff.  The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was one of six pilot sites selected in 2014 to take part in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice where Cmdr. Holmes served as the Pittsburgh site liaison.


Chief Holmes oversaw the implementation of data driven intelligence lead policing in Pittsburgh with the establishment of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Crime Analysis Unit and Real Time Crime Center.


Chief Holmes earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Point Park University, and a certificate in executive leadership from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. Chief Holmes is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.


Chief Holmes was selected to serve as an executive fellow with the National Police Foundation in 2020.  Throughout his 25-year law enforcement career Chief Holmes has worked to be a change agent in policing. He has demonstrated the ability to use the tenets of 21st Century Policing along with neighborhood focused public safety strategies to build trust and strengthen community police relationships.  Chief Holmes is a Principled Policing facilitator and serves as an adjunct college instructor in Criminal Justice Studies.  


Chief Holmes has received numerous awards to include Who’s Who among students in American Colleges and Universities, Slippery Rock University Pacesetters Award, New Pittsburgh Courier Man of Excellence Award, FBI-LEEDA Trilogy award, and Community Service Award Alliance for Police Accountability.


Chief Holmes is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Police Executive Research Forum, and FBI-LEEDA.  

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