About University Safety
In 2019, the University of Utah created a new Chief Safety Officer position with responsibility, 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 team is responsible for the department’s strategic initiatives and planning, strategic communication and marketing, relationships with external public safety agencies, public safety committee management, community engagement, and security and law enforcement technologies.
Together, these areas are working toward achieving national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which is recognized as the “gold standard” in public safety, as well as through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. The 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.
The Office of the Chief Safety Officer is located in the Park building, suite 209. The Public Safety building operates 24/7 and is located at 1735 E South Campus Dr.