About University Safety
In 2019, the University of Utah created a new Chief Safety Officer position with responsibility for the oversight and coordination of all campus safety initiatives. In addition to overseeing campus-wide safety programs, the CSO also supervises the public safety operational divisions, which include University Police, Community Services, Campus Security, U Health Security, Emergency Management, and Emergency Communications.
Each of these divisions reports directly to the CSO, who also oversees a newly created Office of the Chief Safety Officer. This centralized administrative body coordinates efforts across the department and is responsible for compliance, accreditation management, financial planning, strategic planning, marketing and communications, professional responsibility, IT strategy, and community engagement in coordination with Student Affairs and the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Together, these areas are working toward achieving accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which is recognized as the “gold standard” in public safety and requires meeting a set of professional standards that adhere to best practices related to health, safety, and security procedures. The University Safety Department is committed to uniting for a safe and empowered campus community and has established two new committees that include students, faculty, and staff to ensure broad representation in public safety decision-making.