Meet Willie Halliburton, Chief of Campus Public Safety

Chief of Police, Willie Halliburton

Portland State University is pleased to announce Sgt. Willie Halliburton will be appointed Chief of Campus Public Safety on July 1. Halliburton will replace Interim Chief Joe Schilling who will resume his role as CPSO lieutenant following 12 months as the interim.

Incoming Chief Halliburton has worked for PSU since February 2016, following a 32-year police career. Halliburton served with the Portland Police Bureau from 1990 until his retirement in 2016. A graduate of Kansas State University, he’s held a variety of patrol and special assignment positions. While serving with PPB, Halliburton was active in the community and continues to promote the philosophy of community policing — the foundation of his entire career.

“I believe deeply that safety comes from developing relationships in the community and treating people with respect,” Halliburton said. “My ultimate goal as Chief, is to build trust between CPSO and the PSU community — staff, faculty and particularly students. I recognize the need for change and to honestly address the concerns of the PSU community.”

Halliburton has served as a contributing member of the University Public Safety Oversight Committee and currently mentors several PSU student athletes. He is committed to community engagement, open communication and fostering a collaborative approach to campus safety. 

“I look forward to working with Chief Halliburton and the PSU community as we re-examine public safety during this evolutionary time. His roots at Portland State and history in community policing will be important assets as we work toward a more inclusive community for all students, staff, faculty and visitors,” said PSU President Stephen Percy. “He will continue to promote diversity and develop accountability and trust between campus safety and the campus community.”

President Percy said he is grateful for Interim Chief Schilling’s service and leadership at Portland State.

“Joe Schilling has been a strong and kind leader at CSPO as we worked to add Student Safety Ambassadors to the team and implement the campus Safer Together plan,” Percy said. “I thank him for his guidance over the past year.” 

Campus police officers

Campus Police

On July 1, 2015 Campus Public Safety deployed Campus Police Officers, who meet the state requirements for certification and training. Officers are also utilizing the AXON Body Cameras and a data management system is in place, consistent with Oregon’s new legislation. 

Campus Police Officers have received training from the university on the following topics:

  • Historical Education of Marginalized Populations
  • Implicit/Unconscious Bias
  • Title IX/Sexual Violence Awareness
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • PSU Policy
  • Disability Awareness
  • Micro Aggression

Work continues on recruiting and selecting qualified candidates for Campus Police Officer positions reflecting the diversity of the campus.

Campus Public Safety Officers

CPS Officers provide a visible presence while patrolling the campus and are available to assist students, faculty staff and visitors. They provide a first response in rendering aid, referring students to resources, and work closely with the Campus Police in keeping the Portland State University community safe.

Campus Dispatch

The Campus Public Safety Dispatch Center is the central hub to Public Safety operations. It is staffed 24/7 by specially trained staff.

Campus Dispatchers can assist callers in both emergency and non-emergency situations, such as: escort requests, suspicious activity, emergency medical, or officer assistance. Sophisticated telecommunications equipment, local area networks, and two-way radio systems provide the framework for communications.

Campus dispatchers work with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and the Portland Fire Department (PFD) in response to emergency situations. When telephone calls are received from the campus community, dispatchers obtain the necessary information from the caller to provide an appropriate response. Generally, callers should expect to be asked several questions and to stay on the line as long as necessary.

All PSU Campus Dispatchers receive training through Oregon Police Academy and complete the Basic Telecommunicator certification course. Further, they receive, at a minimum, four weeks of on-the-job training followed by an evaluation period, where they receive additional feedback and coaching. Currently, most of our dispatch team works 10 hour shifts, with at least one dispatcher on duty at all times, and two dispatchers on duty during peak hours. 

Current equipment includes access to the 800 MHz “trunked” radio system, in use by Portland Police & Fire, along with a back-up 450 MHz radio system, which has an independent repeater operated by PSU. CPSO dispatch also has a satellite cell phone and several portable radios and telephones for emergency operations, should we need to relocate dispatch in an emergency. PSU participates in the Oregon Law Enforcement Data System and shares a large body of information with partner agencies in the Portland area. 

Campus Dispatch manages the Lost & Found of misplaced valuable and crucial items (value of over $50) on the Portland State University Campus.

If you would like more information about our Dispatch, Communications or Records programs, or to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our professional staff is always here for you.