New Police Chief for One of the Safest Campuses in US

The formal swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief, Michael Morris, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Bell Tower East Courtyard. CSUCI President Erika D. Beck will administer the oath of office to Morris who has been serving as Acting Police Chief since September of 2017.

CollegeStats.org has named Cal State Channel Islands University (CSUCI) in Ventura County one of the top 10 safest campuses in the nation.

Former Chief John Reid transferred to CSU Chico in September of 2017 to fill in as Police Chief on a temporary basis that became permanent at the end of January 2018.

“Mike Morris possesses the vision, professionalism, and experience to lead the CSUCI Police Department and ensure its reputation as a highly-respected, collaborative and integral part of our campus community continues into the future,” Beck said.

Morris said he’s proud to accept this position, but also feeling the weight of responsibility that comes with the job. “I want to make sure our department grows appropriately with the campus and University Glen,” he said. “In the next few years, University Glen will almost double in size and our student population will grow by an estimated three percent a year.”

Morris has served as the second in command for 11 years and says he plans to maintain the campus philosophy cooperation and partnership. “When the police know the community and the community knows the police, the police and community can work together,” he said.

The new chief said he plans to make time for one of his favorite parts of the job, meeting with students during casual events such as “Coffee with the Cops” and “Cocoa with the PoPo,” in which students get a chance to chat one-on-one with the officers who keep them safe.