Command Staff-University Police - Carnegie Mellon University

Chief Thomas A. Ogden Jr.

Chief Thomas A. Ogden Jr.

Chief of Police

Phone: 412-268-2328

Email: togden@andrew.cmu.edu

Chief Tom Ogden served  as a police officer for the Borough of Carnegie, PA in 1979. He served with the police department in the Municipality of Mt Lebanon PA  from 1980 to 2008.  He held all five ranking positions in  that department and served as chief for the last 10 years until his retirement.  Chief Ogden is a graduate of the PA State Police Academy and the 181st Session of the FBI National Academy.  He earned a bachelors degree in public administration from Point Park University and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh.  He began service with the CMU Police Department in September 2008. 

  • Member of the PA Accreditation Commission
  • 2009 President of the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association
  • Consultant for the Governors Center, PA Chiefs of Police, and several private entities

Lt. Gary Scheimer

Lt. Gary Scheimer

Commander of Police Services

Phone: 412-268-4392

Email: scheimer@andrew.cmu.edu

Lt. Gary Scheimer joined the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department in May, 2009 after retiring as a Sergeant from the Dormont Police Department with 28 years of service.  Prior to joining the Dormont Police Department, Lt. Scheimer served as a Security Specialist for Equibank in Pittsburgh, which is now a part of the PNC Banking network.  Lt. Scheimer's qualifications include:

  • Bachelor Degree, Law Enforcement Administration, Kent State University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Allegheny County Police Academy, Director's Award, First in Class
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigations Training
  • FEMA and BowMac-Incident Command System Training
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs-Hostage Negotiations Training
  • Citations from the PA State Legislature for his role in solving a 2005 Homicide Investigation
  • Institute of Security and Technology--Instructor

Lt. Joseph Meyers

Lt. Joseph Meyers

Commander of Special Services

Phone: 412-268-4202

Email: meyersj@andrew.cmu.edu

Lt. Meyers started his career in 1978 with the Metropolitan Police Dept., Washington, D.C.  When he was there, he was assigned to Tactical Squad for two years. In 1981, Lt. Meyers joined the Dormont Borough Police Dept. In 1983, he joined the Pittsburgh Police Department.  After serving three years in patrol, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Detective Bureau.  During the next 25 years, he worked in Burglary Squad, Robbery Squad and served the last ten years in the Homicide Squad.  During that time, he was promoted to various ranks of Detective, some of which included supervisory duties. 

Lt. Meyers retired in January, 2011 as one of only three First Grade Detectives in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Pittsburgh.  During his career, he has attended numerous and varied training and education programs.


Sgt. Jason Hendershot

Sgt. Jason Hendershot

Administrative Sergeant

Phone: 412-268-3524

Email: jasonh@andrew.cmu.edu

Sgt. Hendershot is a 1995 Graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. In 1996 he began employment as a Security Guard at Pittsburgh's USX Tower. He was promoted to various positions, and departed in 1999 as Assistant Director of Security at the USX Tower.

In 1999 he began employment with the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department. He attended the IUP Police Academy held at CMU in 2000, and was promoted to Police Officer in 2003. Over the past 6 years he has been very active in Traffic Enforcement and Field Training. In the fall of 2008 Sgt. Hendershot attended the Pennsylvania State Police Firearm Instructor program, and became active in implementing new firearms training techniques at CMUPD.

  • Training Coordinator
  • Range Master
  • Accreditation Manager
  • Traffic Unit Supervisor



Sgt. Nello Bruno

Sgt. Nello Bruno

Patrol Sergeant

Phone: 412-268-3544

Email: nabruno@andrew.cmu.edu

Sgt. Nello Bruno began his law enforcement career in Ocean City, MD in 2001.  He joined the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department in 2004.   In 2010, Sgt. Bruno was assigned as the department’s Criminal Investigator.  During his time as an investigator, Sgt. Bruno obtained a significant amount of training and experience in crime scene processing and computer investigations. In 2013, he was promoted to Police Sergeant and assigned to supervise a patrol shift. Sgt. Bruno earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Fort Hays State University. 

In addition to being a Patrol Supervisor, Sgt. Bruno's additional duties include:

  • Use of Force Instruction Coordinator
  • Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
  • RAD Instructor

Sgt. Christopher Micknowski

Patrol Sergeant

Phone: 412-268-1572

Email: micknows@andrew.cmu.edu

Sgt. Chris Micknowski joined the Carnegie Mellon Police Department in September of 2013 after retiring from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police with over 25 years of service.  He served as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, Patrol Supervisor, Municipal Police Academy Instructor, Field Training Supervisor, Allegheny County Court Liaison and served as the Supervising Unit Instructor and Region-13 K-9 Taskforce Coordinator for the 7 years prior to his retirement. 

Sgt. Micknowski facilitated multi-agency K-9 operations during the 2009 G-20 Economic Summit, Pittsburgh Marathon as well as other large scale operations.  Sgt. Micknowski is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Police and Utah Canine Instructor P.O.S.T. Academies.  He obtained instructor ratings in multiple police disciplines including Firearms, Verbal Judo, Incident Command Systems, Emergency Vehicle Operations, F.A.T.S., Close Defense Tactics, ACT 180, and OC Spray. 

Sgt. Micknowski completed supplemental course work from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, PEMA, Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.  He’s received numerous professional recognitions that include the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Meritorious Service Award, United States Air Force, Allegheny County District Attorney, United States Postal Service, Zone 6 Citizen’s Public Safety Council, Allegheny County Sheriff and Veteran’s Administration.


Sgt. Randall Bauer

Patrol Sergeant

Phone: 412-268-3309

Email: rfbauer@andrew.cmu.edu

Sgt. Bauer joined the Carnegie Mellon University Police in 2010, after spending 3 years with the North Charleston Police Department (SC).  He graduated from Utica College with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Law and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania.  He was promoted to Sergeant in August 2014 after serving nearly a year as acting sergeant.

In addition to being assigned as a Patrol Supervisor, Sgt. Bauer additional duties include:

  • CMUPD Bicycle Unit Supervisor
  • Department Policy Training and Update Coordinator
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)

Rhonda Diercks

Rhonda Diercks

Business Administrator

Phone: 412-268-3518

Email: rdiercks@cmu.edu

Rhonda Diercks began working at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004.  After working at CMU's Software Engineering Institute and Cyert Center for Early Education, Rhonda joined CMU's police department in July 2009. Prior to working at CMU, Rhonda worked in the banking, public accounting and venture capital industries. Rhonda earned her bachelor's degree from Duquesne University.

Rhonda is responsible for managing the financial, business, and administrative functions of the police department.