Meet The Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM


U POLICE director


Rodney Chatman

Director of U Police

Rodney Chatman

Director of U Police
Rodney Chatman is responsible for the operations, support services, and community relations within University Police. He came to the U in February 2020 after serving as executive director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Previously, he served as a police officer for the cities of Silverton and St. Bernard in Ohio. At St. Bernard, he also spent four years as the safety director, overseeing the city’s fire and police departments while simultaneously serving at the University of Cincinnati. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and completed the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiation Certification course.

 801-585-2946
 chief@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

POLICE ADMINISTRATION


Jason Hinojosa

Deputy Chief

Jason Hinojosa

Deputy Chief
Jason Hinojosa has 26 years of law enforcement experience, retiring at the rank of lieutenant from the Layton City Police Department in January 2018. He worked in the private sector as public safety manager for the western states at the American energy company Williams before Joining U Police in April 2019. He started as lieutenant over investigations and was promoted to deputy chief in August 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement with a minor in psychology from Weber State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 801-585-1140
 Jason.hinojosa@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

Shawn Bryce

Associate Director, Community Outreach program

Shawn Bryce

Associate Director, Community Outreach program
Shawn Bryce oversees the University of Utah Police community engagement initiatives. She represents U Police on the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team; acts as a liaison to student organizations, focusing on underrepresented student groups; and has administrative oversight of safety presentations to students. Bryce has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University and has completed her Early Childhood Education coursework from the University of Cincinnati. She is also certified as a crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

  801-585-1166
 Shawn.bryce@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

OPERATIONAL UNITS


Lt. Brian Wahlin

Administration unit

Lt. Brian Wahlin

Administration unit
Brian Wahlin has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He currently oversees the Administration unit, which is responsible for managing hiring processes, training, equipment, and the fleet. Lt. Wahlin retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department in 2013, having worked as a school resource officer, detective specializing in robbery and homicide, and as a motorcycle officer. He has also served as a SWAT member as both a tactical operator and hostage crisis negotiator. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

 801-585-1158
 Brian.wahlin@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

Lt. Heather Sturzenegger

Investigations unit

Lt. Heather Sturzenegger

Investigations unit
Heather Sturzenegger commands the U Police Investigation unit. She has 13 years of law enforcement experience, including 10 years with University of Utah Police, where she served as a patrol sergeant and detective sergeant. She also supervised the Rape Aggression Defense class (R.A.D. class) that teaches self-defense tactics and techniques to women. She has a bachelor’s degree in emergency services administration with an emphasis in emergency management from Utah Valley University. Lt. Sturzenegger attended the FBI Command College in 2018. She is certified in Trauma-informed Interviewing and teaches a three-day course to investigators in Advanced Sexual Assault Investigation for the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

 801-585-1162
 Heather.sturzenegger@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

Lt. Ryan Speers

Patrol unit

Lt. Ryan Speers

Patrol unit
Ryan Speers has 16 years of security and policing experience at the University of Utah. He started in 2004 as a security officer while studying for his bachelor’s degree in sociology at the U. He has served as both a patrol sergeant and a detective. He has vast experience in community engagement initiatives and has worked closely with partner law enforcement agencies to plan for and host numerous special events, including the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate. Lt. Speers has experience as a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor, as a defensive tactics and impact weapons trainer, and in Clery Act policies.

 801-585-1156
 Ryan.speers@dps.utah.edu
 Public Safety Building

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