University Police

chief joe dooley

Welcome to the Web site of the Southern Connecticut State University Police Department.  The men and women of this department have a longstanding tradition of providing quality services to the Southern community.  I am proud to lead this talented and dedicated group of professional individuals.

The safety and security of the students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance in every aspect of our duties.  The department is committed to the fundamental principles of community policing, such as crime prevention, omnipresence, and partnerships, to name a few.

If you have not visited the campus of Southern Connecticut State University recently, come take a look at the changes.  We are continually striving to provide nothing but the best in policing services.  We welcome any comments or suggestions that will assist our agency in improving our commitment to those we serve.  I hope that you find the information contained on our Web site informative.  Please don't hesitate to contact any member of the police department if you need additional information.

Chief Joseph M. Dooley


deputy chief pessina

Philip J. Pessina

Deputy Chief of Police

Deputy Chief Philip J. Pessina was appointed to his position within the Southern Connecticut State University Police Department in February 2007, upon his retirement as the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Middletown Police Department, after 33-1/2 years of service.  He brings to the Southern campus an extensive background in police operational strategies, emergency operations planning, community policing initiatives, problem-solving skills and quality of life collaborations.  It is his personal and professional belief that, just as a police department plays an important part in the economic growth of a community, our Southern campus police department plays a significant role in our university's student enrollment, growth, and staff development, by positively affecting perceptions of campus safety. 

The deputy chief has a M.S. degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, attended the FBI New England Law Enforcement Development Training Seminar, and is an active member of the Police Executive Research Forum.