Carnegie Mellon University

The Carnegie Mellon University Police Department includes police officers, security officers, dispatchers and civilian support staff.

  • Police officers perform mobile, foot, motorcycle and bicycle patrols of CMU properties and provide community support, outreach and education. They also ensure personal safety, enforce traffic laws and investigate crimes.
  • Security officers provide access service to facilities, as well as general safety services to the university community. They work at fixed posts in a number of CMU facilities.
  • Dispatchers staff our Communications Center, answer and dispatch all calls for service, and monitor the security camera system on campus.

The department responds to approximately 13,000 calls for service annually. CMU continues to have a very low crime rate, and our staff is committed to keeping our community safe.

Training and Policies

All our police officers are graduates of the Pennsylvania Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Certification Program, and are authorized under Pennsylvania Title 22 Pa.C.S.A., §501 to serve as private police for Carnegie Mellon University. All of our staff undergo a vigorous selection and background process and must successfully complete a Field Training Program and probationary period. Learn more about our training and our department and university policies.


The CMU Police Department is among a small percentage of police departments across the state that meet more than 100 professional standards set by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program

Leadership and Staff

Chief Aaron Lauth
Aaron V. Lauth
Chief of Police
Robert Opferman
Police Lieutenant - Administrative Division
John Wester
Police Lieutenant - Operations Division
Nello Bruno
Police Sergeant - Investigations Unit
Thomas Ianachione
Police Sergeant - Patrol
Michael McMurtrie
Police Sergeant - Patrol
Jordan Toth
Police Sergeant - Patrol
Mark Villasenor
Police Sergeant - Campus Resource Unit
Christie Bruno
Accreditation and Professional Standards
Sandra Gartland
Administrative Assistant
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Lisa Poltar-McCrimmon
Integrated Security Services Manager
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Trevor Schrecengost
Integrated Security Services Technician

Community Feedback

The CMU Police Department prides itself in providing the highest level of quality service, while continuing to maintain a safe and secure environment for our community and visitors.  This is accomplished in part, by ensuring that our staff always serve in a proficient and professional manner.  

Email if you'd like to recognize the outstanding contributions of one of our employees. If you have concerns about an encounter or actions involving one of our staff members, please complete our Citizen Complaint Form, which can be emailed to our Chief of Police or hand-delivered or sent to the address below. All complaints will be followed up and investigated.

Carnegie Mellon University Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213