University Police

chief joseph dooleyWelcome 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
 

JOSEPH M. DOOLEY

Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety

 
Since 2006, Joseph M. Dooley has been Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.  In this position, he leads 27 sworn officers, seven full-time civilian personnel and 24 part-time University Assistants, all of whom are responsible for the safety and security of the university’s 12,000 students, faculty and staff.

Prior to joining Southern, Chief Dooley served for 25 years with the Orange, Conn., Police Department, commencing as a patrol officer in 1981. He held that role until 1985, when he began a progression up the department’s hierarchical ladder by being named an investigator with the Investigative Services Unit. This was quickly followed by promotions to Sergeant in 1986 and Lieutenant in 1987, a position he held until 1995 when he was appointed Assistant Chief of Police.

In 2002, he was elevated to Chief of Police, where he oversaw a department of 42 sworn and 12 civilian personnel for the next four years.

A graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., Chief Dooley holds a B.S. degree in criminal justice administration from the University of New Haven and a MBA degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He graduated from the Police Officer Standard Training Academy in Milford, Conn., in 1981 and attended the FBI National Academy 148th Session at Quantico, Va., in 1987.

Prior to his appointment as President of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association for 2014-15, Chief Dooley was honored with the Distinguished Chief’s Award presented by the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut in May, 2006. He also served as President of the Connecticut Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates in 2004-05 and the South Central Chiefs of Police Association in 2009.

He is currently the chairman of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors. Chief Dooley has also been president of St. Mary Church (Milford) Parish Council. In 2013, he was recognized with Notre Dame’s Knight of Honor Award and in 2014, the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame Award.

Chief Dooley is a member of the following groups and organizations: International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; Law Enforcement Executive Development Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Connecticut Chiefs of Police; New England Chiefs of Police; South Central Chiefs of Police; FBI National Academy Associates Association and National Law Enforcement Associates.

 
 

philip pessinaPhilip 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.