Carnegie Mellon University

Administration 

Thomas Ogden

Thomas Ogden

Chief of Police, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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

Joseph Meyers

Joseph Meyers

Lieutenant , University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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.

Robert Opferman

Robert Opferman

Lieutenant , University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Lt. Opferman began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Allegheny County Police Department.  During his 24 year career he served in many capacities including the Patrol Division, Mounted Patrol Unit, SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and Mobile Field Force. In 1997 he was promoted to Detective serving a combined 19 years in the Homicide Unit and General investigations Unit. While assigned to the General Investigations Unit he specialized in the investigation of Physical/Sexual Child Abuse and Adult Sexual Assault, at times serving in a supervisory role. He also helped develop and implement the Allegheny County Child Abduction Response Team. In addition, Lt. Opferman served as the Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Allegheny County Police Department. Lt. Opferman earned a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Training Academy.

Nello Bruno

Nello Bruno

Sergeant, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sgt. Bruno began his law enforcement career with Ocean City Police Department (MD) in 2001.  He joined the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department in 2004.  Sgt. Bruno completed his basic police training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in 2001 and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center in 2004.  He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Fort Hays State University and has attended numerous in-service training courses.  In 2010, Sgt. Bruno was assigned as the department’s Criminal Investigator.  In 2013, Sgt Bruno was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and was assigned to supervise a patrol shift.  Sgt. Bruno's additional responsiblities include overseeing the patrol function of the department and all department technology.

Michael  Cavaliere

Michael Cavaliere

Sergeant, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sergeant Cavaliere earned his Bachelor's Degree at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania during the spring of 2008.  He graduated with a Major in Criminology and a Minor in Sociology.  He then attended the Allegheny County Police Training Academy where he became Act 120 certified later that year.  He began his career as a Police Officer serving as a Patrolman for the Ohio Township Police Department for two years. He was then employed as a Patrolman with the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department during the fall of 2010.  Since then he has served our department as a Patrolman, Shift Coordinator, Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor.  He became the department's Acting Sergeant in 2015 before he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016.

Leah Nock

Leah Nock

Sergeant, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sgt. Nock began her law enforcement career here at Carnegie Mellon University in 2012.  Since then, Sgt. Nock has served the department as a Patrolman, Shift Coordinator, Field Training Officer, Detective, and Firearms Instructor.  She became an Acting Sergeant earlier in 2016 before she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Nock earned her Associate Degree from the Community College of Allegheny County in 2010 and attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center in 2011 to obtain her Act 120 Certification.

Rhonda Diercks

Rhonda Diercks

Manager of Accreditation and Professional Standards, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Rhonda Diercks began working at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 and joined CMU's police department in July 2009. Rhonda earned her bachelors degree from Duquesne University and her PA Municipal Police Officers' Education & Training Commission Act 120 from Indiana University of PA.

Rhonda is the PLEAC Accreditation Manager and is also responsible for CLERY reporting and for managing the financial, business, and HR functions of the police department.

Crista  Chiaramonte

Crista Chiaramonte

Administrative Assistant, University Police

Address
300 South Craig Street
(Filmore Street Entrance)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Crista Chiaramonte joined the Police Department in June, 2017.  Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Executive Director of Hospice and spent 23 years at Bank of New York Mellon in various roles of Procurement.

Crista assists with administrative tasks and daily operations.