PLACEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Cal State L.A. taps Chief Wall as new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Police Chief Richard Wall, CSULA

We are proud to announce the placement of Chief Richard Wall as Cal State LA’s new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police. Chief Wall began his new post this month and we are honored to have played a role in bringing this rock star policing veteran back to Los Angeles. The campus serves a diverse student population of 23,000 and many of its programs are recognized as being among the best in the nation.

Chief Wall’s distinguished law enforcement career spans more than three decades with the majority of his service dedicated to LAPD where he rose to the rank of Captain. During his tenure as Captain, his assignments included oversight of the Central and Harbor Patrol Divisions as well as being responsible for the Department’s Real-Time Analysis & Critical Response (RACR) Division.

Following his career at LAPD, Wall served as the west coast Director of Security for CBS and, most recently, was affiliated with the University of Texas where he was charged with addressing Criminal Intelligence and Threat Management activities during a very critical time. In addition to his vast operational experience, Chief Wall is a leading expert in best practices in the areas of threat assessment, campus safety, special event management, and law enforcement interactions with the mentally ill.

As the university’s Director of Public Safety and the Chief of Police, Wall oversees campus safety which includes the University Police Department, risk management and environmental health and safety, parking, traffic and transportation, as well as emergency preparedness. He received a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and earned his Master’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills. In 2002, Wall was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship allowing him to study law enforcement ethics in England at the National Police Staff College where he also completed the International Commanders’ Programme.