Michael Kaselouskas, widely known across campus as “Kaz,” has been promoted to chief of Public Safety.
Kaselouskas joined the Department of Public Safety in June 1993 as a patrol officer. Prior to that, he served as an auxiliary police officer for the town of Enfield, Conn., for seven years.
In 1999, Kaselouskas was promoted to patrol sergeant, and in 2005, to sergeant for training and administration. He was named lieutenant in 2008 and assistant chief in 2012.
During his career at the University, Kaselouskas has taken a tremendous interest in law enforcement training and personal safety, and is a certified trainer in a number of areas. He writes and instructs an 80-hour police curriculum, which is held annually and attended by University of Hartford officers as well as outside agencies and police departments. He has also developed and taught self-defense, personal safety, and threat trainings for the UHart community.
Just last week, Kaselouskas was selected for the prestigious Judge Philip E. Mancini Jr. Award, presented to an individual who is dedicated to the mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving—to stop drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support victims of these crimes, and prevent underage drinking. He is being honored for his commitment to—and participation with—victim impact panels and the SMART program on campus.
In addition, Kaselouskas is a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor and a member of the Connecticut College Consortium Against Sexual Assault. In 2007, he was recognized with a notable award from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. (CONNSACS).
Kaselouskas is currently president of the Connecticut chapter of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. He is also a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, New England State Police Network, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, Empower the Girls Instructor Team, Rape Aggression Defense Systems, and the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
“I am thrilled that Kaz agreed to lead the department of Public Safety with the departure of John Schmaltz." said Arosha Jayawickrema, vice president of finance and administration. "Under John’s leadership, the level of professionalism, training, and emergency preparedness were significantly enhanced to make the department a well-run, professional unit. I thank John for his more than 10 years of service to the University. I look forward to Kaz continuing to build on that strong platform to make this campus an even safer environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors."