Richard Shafer, an SMU peace officer since 1999, has been named the University’s new chief of police. As acting chief since March 2007, he has focused on updating departmental policies and creating an enhanced campus emergency preparedness unit.
“We are proud to appoint Rick to this important role,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Campus security is vital to our academic mission and supportive campus environment. We have every confidence in Chief Shafer’s ability to lead as our chief of police.”
A 13-year veteran of university police leadership, Shafer also has worked with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and served for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of major. He succeeds Mike Snellgrove, who resigned in March. Read more.