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Chief's Corner

11 May 2022

We wish all graduates of the Class of 2022 congratulations and the best of luck on the next phase of your journeys!  Even though the summer brings some slow down overall for the university, for us, the summer remains a busy time.  During these months, we will be working hard on updating policies and procedures, training and getting ready for the next school year.  There’s a lot to be proud of with the University of Northern Colorado Police Department!  The employees are committed to making an even bigger and more positive impact in the lives of the campus community.  We are putting together plans for increased community engagement and are always on the lookout for new ideas of how to be partners with everyone.

While the students are on summer break, we are still here and will be visible.  You will find us at the UC, at the recreation center or the coffee shop.  We are working on some changes to our building and preparing for a HVAC remodel, which will finally bring air conditioning to the east side of the police department.  We are excited about that! 

We hope to see you over the summer months and you are always welcome to stop by Gray Hall anytime.  We would love to give you a tour of the building and how we operate.


22 April 2022

As I move into the end of my first week as Chief of Police, it’s been exhausting but exciting.  I am honored to bring my experience managing in a large police agency to UNC.  There’s so much potential in the University of Northern Colorado Police Department!  It’s been over a year since someone has served in the role as the permanent Chief of Police.  Captain Rick McNair has done a fantastic job acting as the Interim Police Chief!  He has shouldered a heavy load serving in dual roles and is to be commended.  He also had to manage a natural attrition cycle that saw the department lose half of its allotted police officers.  While we wish those former employees well in retirement or their next adventure, we look to the future.  Captain McNair and Sergeant Patrick Gallagher have hired a mix of experienced police officers and new recruits.  Currently, UNCPD has only one vacancy in its ranks.  However, enough praise cannot be given to those officers who weathered the staffing storm. 

UNCPD is a good agency with good people who have numerous ideas for some positive changes.  A lot of feedback has been passed my way and it’s time for the department to shift into the next gear and keep moving forward.  You can expect to see some changes in how we look and how we operate.  I am committed to making UNCPD more of a community partner for every student and every member of the staff.  We will be out of our cars and we will be working on building connections where we can just hang out with you.  Please feel free to say hi to any officer you see in the dining hall, in the common area of a residence hall or anywhere on campus!  My bet is that we will have already said hi to you first!