Public Safety

Vigilant, Prepared, Responsive

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DPS Headquarters - WSHU Lower Level
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Important Numbers

Routine Calls: 203-371-7995
Emergency Calls: 203-371-7911

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7995
Fax: 203-365-4781

> Staff Directory

Public Safety Command Staff

Gary MacNamara, Executive Director of Public Safety and Government Affairs



Gary MacNamara
Executive Director of Public Safety and Government Affairs
Tel: 203-396-6875





Edward Shea, Deputy Chief of Public Safety



Edward M. Shea
Deputy Chief of Public Safety
Tel: 203-365-4796





Jack Fernandez, Director of Public Safety



Jack Fernandez
Tel: 203-371-7996





Addlie Dennis, Assistant Director of Public Safety




Addlie Dennis
Assistant Director
Tel: 203-365-7646




Frank Novak, University Fire Marshal & Emergency Management Trainer



Frank Novak
University Fire Marshal & Emergency Management Trainer
Tel: 203-396-8211

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Safety is entrusted with fostering and maintaining a safe and secure environment for the University Community to pursue their academic, professional and personal ambitions. Dedicated to supporting the educational mission of the university, we value experiential learning and emphasize conflict resolution in all our interactions with students. Committed to serving with professional excellence, we strive to be approachable, reliable and truly service-oriented in the performance of our duties. The department maintains strong, professional relationships with municipal police, fire and health responders to ensure continuous collaboration on emergency planning efforts and familiarity with our campus in the event of an emergency.

Latest News & Events

Sacred Heart Promotes Alumnus to New Public Safety Role

May 30, 2019

Edward Shea of West Haven has been promoted to deputy chief of public safety at Sacred Heart University. Shea has worked as SHU’s assistant director of public safety since 2011 and also serves as an adjunct criminal justice instructor.

Former Fairfield Police Chief Joins SHU Community

November 2, 2018

Former Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara has joined Sacred Heart University in the role of executive director for public safety and government affairs. He comes to the University after spending the past 8 years as chief of the Fairfield Police Department. During his tenure, the Fairfield Department has had one of the best reputations in the state.

WSHU Broadcast Center & Public Safety Ribbon Cutting

April 18, 2018

Sacred Heart University will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new WSHU Broadcast Center and Public Safety Department on Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield.