University of Utah Police

Director Rodney Chatman

Deputy Chief Jason Hinojosa

Associate Director Shawn Bryce

Lt. Brian Wahlin

Lt. Heather Sturzenegger

Lt. Ryan Speers


The Patrol Division for the University of Utah is the largest division within University Police. The Patrol Division is made up of sworn police officers and includes a lieutenant, sergeants and patrol officers. The Patrol Division is made up of 3 shifts (Days, Afternoons, and Graveyards), which provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire University of Utah campus. Patrol officers respond to and investigate a variety of criminal complaints and also provide numerous customer service requests to assist students, staff, and visitors to our campus. 


University Police started its K9 Unit in 2017. The K9 Unit consists of two bomb detection dogs and their handlers. Officer Whitaker partners with K9 Honey and Officer Feltenberger partners with K9 Zarah to work dedicated patrol shifts and all mass gathering events to help keep our campus community safe. They also participate in a larger multi-agency group that responds to call outs when necessary.  

University Police K9, Honey



The University of Utah Detective Division is composed of a lieutenant, sergeant, and detectives. Members of the Detective Division are assigned investigations involving criminal acts that have occurred on or near the University of Utah campus. The detectives receive specialized training, which assists them with interview and interrogations, crime scene processing, search warrant/subpoena writing, electronic device forensic analysis and intelligence gathering.  All members of the Detective Division investigate crimes against property and crimes against persons to include, but not limited to burglary, theft, criminal mischief, fraud, trespass, threats, assault, aggravated assault and sexual assault. Detectives routinely collaborate with the Salt Lake City Police Department, the FBI and other state and local law enforcement agencies. Criminal cases investigated by the Detective Division are forwarded to the State of Utah District Attorney’s Office or the Salt Lake City Attorney’s Office for review and the formal filing of appropriate charges.


University Police is tasked with planning and implementing the operational management of security for many special events on campus. University Police works with many internal and external departments and organizations to provide additional security for a number of diverse events that take place at the University of Utah. The University of Utah Special Event Coordinator is tasked with formalizing operational plans which identify the necessary staff, job descriptions, logistical and safety concerns and anticipated criminal activities associated with particular events. It is necessary that the plan provide adequate safety and security which will minimize potential risk for all parties involved in the event. Some of the larger events require coordination and support from local, state, and federal agencies. On average the University Police oversees security and supplies additional officers for over 400 special events on campus annually. 

Community Outreach Program

The mission of the Community Outreach Unit is to open up lines of communication between the community and law enforcement. This open line of communication will build better partnerships between University Police and the members of the community. Improved partnerships will show the community that we are here to listen to their needs and to make their community a safer place to study, work and reside. Positive police-community relations are critical for crime prevention, addressing safety issues and improving overall communications between the community and law enforcement. Improved police-community relations is accomplished as officers make personal contacts and connections with students, staff, faculty, community groups, and businesses in order to offer programs and services.
To know more about U Police community engagement initiatives, contact Associate Director Shawn Bryce at 

Educational Presentations

Any group, department, student association or on-campus organization associated with the University may request educational training on the following topics (click below for course descriptions):

  • Active shooter and mass casualty events defined
  • The history of active shooter
  • Situational awareness
  • Prepare, practice and respond
  • Police response
  • Survival mindset

  • University Policy
  • Workplace violence statistics
  • Detect workplace violence and who commits it
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Differences between workplace violence and disruptive people
  • Police notification
  • Ramifications related to workplace violence

  • Situational awareness
  • Techniques that assist in staying safe on campus
  • Vehicle safety
  • Safety on Public Transit
  • Keeping your residence safe
  • “See something - Say Something”
  • How to request police assistance

  • Drug use/abuse stats
  • Most common street drugs
  • Cause and effect of common street drugs
  • Campus use policy and consequences
  • Results of illegal drug use

  • Current common frauds
  • Fraud or scams red flags
  • Prosecution
  • Identity theft
  • How to protect yourself from frauds and scams

  • Social Media Safety
  • Who can see your posts?
  • Risks and dangers
  • Privacy
  • Posting photos