Eileen Behr is the Vice President of Public Safety for Drexel University and is responsible for all aspects of law enforcement, safety, security and emergency preparedness for the University. She also serves as Chief of Drexel Police.
Behr has served in law enforcement for more than 37 years. She was appointed to fill the position of sheriff of Montgomery County in May 2011 and was the first woman to hold the position. She is credited with revamping the Montgomery County Court House’s emergency response team.
From 1976 to March 2011, Behr was a member of the Whitemarsh Township Police Department, Montgomery County, Pa. She started her career as a police dispatcher. Over the next 34 years, Behr worked in various divisions and specialized areas, including the Traffic and Accident Unit, detectives, Juvenile Division and serving as a negotiator for the tactical team. In 2003, she was appointed chief of the department. In addition to duties as chief of police, she was the assistant emergency management director and a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force. Under her command, the Whitemarsh Police Department became a fully accredited police agency and the department started their first K-9 unit and first motorcycle unit.
Behr joined Drexel in January 2014 as Director of Police Operations. Returning to the streets and working more hands-on with the students and the community is what drew her to Drexel.
Behr earned her bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and associate’s degree in criminal justice from Montgomery County Community College. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Police Executive Training Program and has a paralegal certification from Mainline Paralegal Institute. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board of Montgomery County Community College; the board of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility; and the International Chiefs of Police Association. Behr was also a founding board member of the Mission Kids: Child Advocacy Center Development Committee of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Behr previously served as chair of the School Safety Committee and a member of the Training Committee of the Montgomery County Chiefs of Police, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association’s Training and Education Committee from 2003-2014.