Commander Ellies started his career with the University of Pittsburgh Police Department after graduating from the Police Academy in 1997. Through the years he has served as Patrol Officer, Shift Sergeant, Shift Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant, Commander of the Special Emergency Response Team, Commander of Operations and currently Commander of the Pitt Police and Director of Security.
Shawn served in the United States Army for 23 years. He earned a doctorate degree from the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (Administration & Policy Studies), master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) program, and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Duquesne University.
The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Pittsburgh chapter has named Commander Shawn Ellies as the Chair of the local chapter, leading over 200 members. Additionally, Cmdr. Ellies is a ASIS Certified Protection Professional®, completing a comprehensive certification program recognized as the gold standard for security management professionals worldwide.