Office of the President

Linh Dinh Appointed as UPD Chief of Police

July 19, 2022

Dear Campus Community:

Following a national search, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Linh Dinh as Chief of Police of the University Police Department (UPD), effective Monday, July 25, 2022.

Chief Dinh’s career is defined by his passion for serving educational communities. A longtime law enforcement officer and a credentialed educator, Chief Dinh joins Cal Poly Pomona from the CSU Dominguez Hills Police Department, where he has served as Lieutenant since 2018. He previously spent 13 years with the Montebello Unified School District Police Department, including seven years as Chief of Police. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from UCLA and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

As Chief of Police, Dinh is responsible for the safety and security of the campus community. To fulfill this mission, Chief Dinh will work closely with the university’s Police and Safety Advisory Committee to promote engagement between UPD and the campus community, advance our commitment to implementing a community policing framework, and align the UPD’s culture and operations with the university values of inclusivity, community engagement and social and environmental responsibility.

We express gratitude to the members of the search committee for their time, contributions and insights. The search committee members are:

  • Peter Hanink — Professor, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (Chair)
  • Yizhe Chang — Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
  • Dawnita Franklin — Assistant Vice President, Office of Equity and Compliance
  • Aaron Klemm — Senior Associate Vice President, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Tala Qasqas — Diversity and Inclusion Officer, ASI
  • Jason Rodriguez — Chief of Staff, Administrative Affairs
  • Megan Stang — Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Alfonso Valadez — Interim Lieutenant, University Police Department

We also wish to express gratitude to Erik Munzenmaier for his service as interim Chief of Police during the search.

Please join us in welcoming Chief Linh Dinh to Cal Poly Pomona and supporting his success in his new role. 


Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D.

Ysabel Trinidad
Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO