O'Connor heads campus law enforcement association

Barbara O’Connor, chief of the UMass Police Department, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Massachusetts Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA).

The non-profit association is composed of public safety directors, chiefs of police and other staff members from 55 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. MACLEA promotes the common interests of campus law enforcement programs, including the operation and development of life safety and property protection programs, establishing training standards, advocating for legislation and working with the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators to create safer campuses.

As president, O’Connor coordinates the monthly meetings of the association’s leadership, sets agendas and arranges training on various issues. The association also reviews professional standards and works with the Massachusetts State Police on training requirements for campus public safety personnel.

O’Connor was appointed chief in 2002 following a six-month appointment as interim chief. She joined the UMass Police Department in 1983 and was promoted to sergeant four years later. In 1992, she was on leave for five months to serve as acting chief of security at Mount Holyoke College. She was promoted to lieutenant in 1993 and to deputy chief two years later.

Last month, she received her J.D. from Western New England Law School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Westfield State College and a master’s degree in Labor Relations from UMass Amherst.