New Director of Campus Safety Services (Chief of Police)

December 6, 2022
Denise Woods
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health, Well-being & Safety
December 6, 2022

Dear Campus Community,

After a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Talbott as UC Riverside’s Director of Campus Safety Services (Chief of Police).

Talbott has nearly 40 years of experience in the law enforcement profession, most recently as the Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Emergency Management at the University of Redlands. Previous to that, he served as the Chief of the California Highway Patrol. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Business Administration from California Coast University.

Talbott is committed to the philosophy and practice of servant – leadership, focused on developing and maintaining collaborative excellence, both with the diverse internal community served and with all external partners. He has extensive budgeting, strategic planning, policy development, law enforcement management, statutory compliance, personnel mentoring, labor relations, interagency collaboration, and community outreach experience. I look forward to his leadership of the UC Riverside Police Department and his advisement as a member of my leadership team. His first day at UCR will be December 12.

Thank you to the search advisory committee members for their diligence in supporting this successful search. Their names are listed below.

I also want to thank and congratulate Anthony Frisbee, who has served as UCR’s Interim Director of Campus Safety Services (Chief of Police). He will be assuming the role of Chief of Police at Cal State University Fullerton, effective January 1, 2023. 


Denise Woods, DrPH
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health, Well-being & Safety

Search Advisory Committee
Deborah Deas, Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences & Dean, SOM (Chair)
Alton Carswell, Case Manager, Health, Well-being, and Safety
Ninfa Delgado, Advisory Committee for Chicano/Latino Affairs
Joe Farrow, Chief of Police, UC Davis
Ivett Gabriella, Ph.D. Student & President of the Graduate Student Association
Keona Henderson, Founder, Positive Women Meet Up, LLC & UCR Alumni Black Alumni Chapter President
Mariam Lam, Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (AACL)
Karen Lopez, Administrative Specialist, Student Conduct Programs
Wade Stern, Police Officer, UC Riverside