Published December 18, 2018
Chris J. Bartolomei, a 22-year veteran of campus law enforcement, has been named Chief of University Police at the University at Buffalo.
Bartolomei, assistant police chief at UB for the past five years, has served as interim chief since the January 2018 retirement of his predecessor, Gerald Schoenle.
Laura Hubbard, Vice President for Finance and Administration at UB, announced Bartolomei's appointment effective Dec. 17. Hubbard said Bartolomei’s extensive experience and proven record of implementing best practices in policing made him the clear choice after a very competitive national search.
"Chris Bartolomei possesses the personal attributes and professional experience essential for successful leadership of a police department at a major public research university. Chris will ensure that positive, culturally competent police-student interactions will be at the core of the UB’s community policing strategy,” Hubbard said.
As chief, Bartolomei is responsible for managing, planning and directing the law enforcement activities of 65 sworn personnel and 13 civilian employees associated with UB’s culturally diverse community, which includes more than 36,000 students, faculty and staff across three campuses.
Bartolomei is eager to sharpen the department’s focus on developing effective community policing partnerships and successfully recruiting a workforce that is as diverse as the UB community.
“During my two decades of service to UB, I have developed a sincere, personal concern for the reputation of this institution and the well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” Bartolomei said. “I am proud to be part of this university, and I am especially proud of the men and women who protect it. I am truly honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve as their chief.”