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HSU Appoints Christina Lofthouse as Interim Chief of Police

Chief LofthouseLofthouse’s duties at HSU will include day-to-day leadership of the University Police Department, close collaboration with campus departments in support of student safety and the educational experience, and oversight of partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. She reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to lead the Humboldt State Police Department and am excited to assist in meeting the unique challenges we face right now. Our goal at HSUPD is to police with compassion, understanding, and engagement, and to enhance communication to remove barriers. We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment for our community,” Lofthouse said.

Her previous position was as Lieutenant in the Police Department at CSU Sacramento, where she served for ten years. Prior to that, she served as a Sergeant and Officer in the Police Department at UC Davis.

Lofthouse is a graduate of the highly regarded FBI National Academy, and has completed extensive additional training in areas including leadership, Clery Act, event management, internal affairs investigations, and Title IX. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at UC Davis and a law degree at Lincoln School of Law in Sacramento.

Lofthouse replaces Donn Peterson, who served as chief for five years and retired as of May 31.

UPD Establishes Scholarship Endowment Fund

Chief Peterson announced the beginning of a new scholarship fund to support service-minded students. For more information on the story and how you can become involved, click here.

Active Shooter Preparedness Training

Because of recent tragedies that have occurred at schools and institutions of higher learning throughout the world, Humboldt State University Police Officers have been trained and equipped to provide a combined response to include joint action with local law enforcement partners, as well as firefighters and paramedics, to address such threats here on our campus. In addition, our officers receive training in crisis intervention, as well as de-escalation training, to improve their response to situations involving mentally ill subjects.

In collaboration with the HSU Training Department, UPD Officer Andy Martin will offer training on being prepared for an active shooter scenario on-campus. In light of the recent events, it is an important reminder that we must all be vigilant and prepared to keep our community safe.

For more information or to sign up for the training, visit the HSU Training website at:

For more Active Shooter Preparedness resources, please click here.