Blair Barfuss will assume the position of the Utah State University Department of Public Safety chief of police on July 5. Photo courtesy of Utah State University.
LOGAN – Blair Barfuss has been on the job as Utah State University’s Chief of Police for about a month, joining the Aggies after four years in the same position at Utah Tech, formerly Dixie State.
He said today’s leading concerns for law enforcement on America’s college campuses are sexual assault and mental health response. He said to help deal with those issues, the “Start By Believing” campaign he implemented at Utah Tech is now in effect on the USU campus.
“It simply means that we encourage not only our officers and our public safety staff, but all members of our Aggie community that when somebody reports a sexual assault that they believe that individual when they make that report,” Barfuss explained, “and they help them to gain access to the resources and the options available, so that we can best serve serve that individual who is making such a report.”
Barfuss will oversee a staff of 16 full-time officers on campus.
“What’s very clear is that our students, staff and faculty, and our Aggie community really want to engage and better know our officers. So, I’m working towards programs implementing some ideas that will allow our officers more engagement with our community members so they get to know and see and understand who our officers are as individuals, not just as police officers.”
Six years ago Chief Barfuss was cross-deputized as a federal agent with the FBI when he was working for the West Valley Police, and was invited to join the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.
The university recently released an introductory video with their new police chief on YouTube. You can see it here: