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University Police Department


Working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, UPD officers enforce all California Penal and Vehicle Codes on and around campus. UPD officers also assist the sheriff's department with any campus-affiliated calls within the City of San Marcos. We maintain a safe academic environment by being a proactive police force working closely with students, staff, faculty, and community members alike. 

Chief's Message

chiefAfter being with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for 26 years, I am honored to serve alongside the men and women of the University Police Department, Emergency Management, and Parking and Commuter Services. We provide professional police services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure the safety of everyone on campus and in the surrounding community.

The University Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment where students can thrive and attain their educational goals. Building and maintaining partnerships with our students, faculty, staff, and all who visit our beautiful campus is an essential part of our mission.

As a parent of a Cal State University student, I am keenly aware of the many challenges students face while away at college. The worry of their safety while on campus should not be one of them. I am personally committed to ensuring our officers, dispatchers, and all employees are highly trained professionals who are prepared to fulfill all aspects of our duties.

Scott Ybarrondo, Chief of Police