School of Criminal Justice

Julie Yunker, M.S.


Julie Yunker, M.S.

Office:     A-1-140 MAK

Phone:    616-331-8515



Julie Yunker is originally from Sturgis, Michigan.  She joined the United States Air Force immediately after graduating from high school in 1987.  After a four-year enlistment, Ms. Yunker returned to Michigan and completed her undergraduate degree at Ferris State University, receiving a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice.  Immediately after graduation from college, Julie was hired by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer, performing the duties of a police officer / firefighter.

In almost fourteen years of service to the City of Kalamazoo, Ms. Yunker worked as a patrol officer, Narcotics Investigator, School Resource Officer, Explorer Advisor and SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator.  In addition to her full-time duties at KDPS, Ms. Yunker began teaching at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1999, in both the Criminal Justice program as well as in the Police Academy, fulfilling many different roles.  In 2007, Ms. Yunker received her M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Ferris State University.  She was promoted to the rank of patrol sergeant in the same year and worked in a supervisory role at KDPS.  She retired from the department in 2009, accepting the position of Director of Criminal Justice Training at Grand Valley State University. 

Director Yunker’s main responsibility at Grand Valley is the administration of the Police Academy.  She is responsible for screening potential academy recruits, maintaining a cadre of exceptional classroom and skill area instructors, and ensuring the everyday smooth operation of the intense 16-week MCOLES certified police academy session each summer. 

Director Yunker’s other responsibilities at GVSU include teaching Justice and Society and Criminal Investigations classes.  She is also the advisor to the Student Veteran’s Organization on campus and is active in the West Michigan Criminal Justice Training Consortium.

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