The mission of the SMU Police Department is to maintain a working partnership with all members of the Campus Community to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote the educational objectives of Southern Methodist University.
The men and women of the SMU Police Department believe in a shared responsibility with our community to create a secure and inclusive environment that promotes and supports the educational process.
We are dedicated to reducing crime and providing a secure environment by targeting quality of life issues in our community through aggressive enforcement of the law, respect for human rights and protection of the SMU community. We will carry out this mission with professionalism, fairness and absolute integrity.
Chief Richard Shafer
Chief Richard Shafer has been with the SMU Police Department since 1999. He assumed the position of Chief of Police in 2007. Shafer is a vetern police officer and former military Police Chief in the Middle East and Europe. Before coming to SMU he was a Police Officer at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He served for 21 years in the U. S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Major.
At SMU, he has increased requirements for training, designed a new recruitment and retention initiative, sought accreditation in the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement and Administration (IACLEA) and partnered with neighboring police jurisdictions on numerous police investigations.
Shafer is a graduate of the University of Texas System Police Academy, the Leadership Command College, Master Peace Officer Certification, Officer Training School and the U. S. Air Force Police Academy, where he held top secret security clearance. He earned an A.A.S. degree in Police Science from Beauford County Community College and a B.S. degree in Criminology from St. Leo College in Florida. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Duncanville.