University Director Resigns After Blackwater USA Probe

The head of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois has quit amid scrutiny for his simultaneous work with a Currituck County contractor best known for providing security in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tom Dempsey worked for Moyock-based Blackwater USA in July and August. The work came two months after he signed an agreement allowing the institute and the contractor to conduct joint research.

University officials canceled the five-year deal last month. They say Dempsey never told them he was negotiating personal contracting work while helping orchestrate the partnership with the North Carolina company.

Dempsey used his vacation time from the university to work as an independent consultant training police in Afghanistan.