The CU Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the hiring of a new deputy chief in charge of the Police Services Division. Melissa Zak, a former Los Angeles Police Department captain who retired after 21 years with that agency, began work at the CU Police Department last month. She recently served as the commanding officer of the Southwest Area, a territory that includes the University of Southern California and more than 400 LAPD employees.
“We are very lucky to have Melissa join UCPD,” said Police Chief Joe Roy. “She brings a depth of knowledge in both municipal and university policing. Melissa also has excellent interpersonal skills and is adept at leading a team. I believe the campus community will enjoy working with her.”
Zak has experience managing safety at large incidents and events, including USC football games, the Academy Awards and LA Marathon. In her LAPD position, she worked very closely with USC’s Police Department on reducing theft and investigating major crimes. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as UCPD’s deputy chief,” Zak said. “I look forward to collaborating with other campus departments on a variety of issues to ensure the safety of all who work, attend or teach at CU. I’m a firm believer in community policing – and we will work together with campus partners to identify our top priorities as an agency.”