Police

Meet the Command Staff

Chief of Police, Gregory Murphy. Greg Murphy was appointed Chief of Police for California State University, Northridge in January, 2019. Prior to joining the CSU, he was in the UC system—most recently at UC San Diego where he was Assistant Chief, and UC Davis, which he joined in 2003 as a lieutenant. His law enforcement career began in 1993 with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he held the ranks of police officer and sergeant-2. Throughout his career, Greg has worked a variety of assignments from patrol officer, academy instructor, CRASH, to sergeant in charge of the department-wide use of force review section for LAPD. At UC San Diego PD, Greg served as the operations, administrative, and investigations manager, as well as the K-9, Range, Dispatch, Property/Evidence, and Information Technology manager.

Greg worked for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training where he was responsible for training and selection standards compliance for Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, and San Diego counties. In 2013, Greg was appointed by Governor Gerald Brown as a public member of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Pharmacy. Greg has been an administration of justice adjunct instructor at Sierra Community College for over 12 years and has taught for National University, University of Phoenix, and the University of Southern California both in criminal justice and computer information technology. Greg has a master’s degree in Information Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and an associate’s degree in Electronic-Engineering Technology. Greg is a graduate of the Commission on POST’s Master Instructor Development Program and he oversaw the POST Law Enforcement Officer’s Killed and Assaulted Study from 2010 to 2012.

Captain Alfredo Fernandez

 Captain Alfredo B. Fernandez is the second in command for the Department of Police Services and the first Captain appointed in the history of the California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services. Fernandez’ major accomplishments since joining the department in 1998 include assisting with the development of the first police canine unit; being the first police commander in charge of the Parking and Transportation division; and the acquisition and outfitting of the department’s 30’ mobile EOC.

In his twenty-five years in law enforcement, he has held all police ranks including Detective Corporal, and Lieutenant with Cal State Northridge and was previously a Patrol Sergeant with the Channel Islands campus. His previous experience includes working as a police corporal and field training officers with the Los Angeles Community College District and working as a mounted police officer with the County of Los Angeles. Fernandez earned his Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice and holds a Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) advanced certificate as well as certifications in Police Management, and Police Canine Management. He is a graduate of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Executive Development Institute.

Accomplishments:

• Execution of a directed patrol effort of the motorcycle unit based on feedback received by the community. Special operations within this effort include “Click it or Ticket,” joint task forces with the Department of Motor Vehicles to combat disabled parking placard misuse, Child Seat Safety and Project P.E.D., a Department of Police Services educational safety and enforcement campaign with a concentrated effort on reducing the risk of injury to pedestrians and motorists.

• Improvement of internal business practices including establishment of a procedural directive format for written guidelines, policies and procedures; development of a parking enforcement officer field training manual, establishment of parking enforcement officer uniform standards; refinement of cash handling procedures, and instituting improved accountability and reconciliation of permit sales through the development of permit handling policies and procedures.

• Replacement of antiquated permit dispensers to new dispensers that accept credit cards as a form of payment; and full conversion of on-line parking permits sales to students which provide a more convenient purchasing option that eliminates long lines in Cash Services and Police Services.

Captain Scott VanScoy

 Captain Scott G. VanScoy was the first patrol operations Captain appointed in the history of the California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services.  VanScoy’s major accomplishments since joining the department in 1998 include being the department’s Accreditation Manager for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Accreditation Program; acting as the lead project manager for the construction of the department’s state-of-the-art 28,000 square foot police/emergency operations facility; and obtaining an estimated $ 325,000 in external funding and grants over an eight year period. 

 Under the leadership of Anne P. Glavin, Chief of Police, VanScoy led the following patrol operations initiatives: police operations moved from operating in a unilateral patrol method of reactive policing to one that is proactive, multidimensional, and directed in design; the investigation unit’s purpose was expanded from a single function of conducting criminal investigations to performing threat management and other non-criminal investigations, background investigations, and basic/intermediate forensic capabilities;  customer service aspects of the Matador Patrol night safety escort program (student community service assistants) was expanded in providing peer-to-peer education programs to fellow CSUN students;  a formal student internship program was developed in partnership with the Colleges of Sociology/Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Communications Studies; as well as the establishment of a proactive Community Policing Team with the purpose of alleviating the crime trend problem within the campus residential facilities through the development of community partnerships and problem solving practices.

Prior to joining the department, VanScoy was with the Culver City Police department, where he served for five years as a patrol officer and was later promoted to Corporal and served as a Field Training Officer. He earned the Sustained Superiority Award for outstanding police work, Extraordinary Service Award for saving a child’s life and the 10851 award from the California Highway Patrol and Automobile Club of Southern California for superior efforts in auto theft recovery and apprehension.  

In the nearly 18 years he has been in law enforcement, he has obtained over 1,800 hours of law enforcement training in various subjects and has obtained Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Management, Supervisory, Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic Certificates.  He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, Kentucky National Crime Prevention Institute.  In 2004 and 2006, he was the recipient of the Chief’s Award from Anne P. Glavin, for his dedication to meeting the mission and goals of the University Police Department.  VanScoy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Redlands.

Lieutenant Mark Benavidez started his law enforcement career at 16 years old as a police explorer for his hometown police department in Sheridan, Colorado. After graduating from high school, Mark became a police/fire dispatcher until he attended the police academy in 1996.  After graduating from the police academy, Mark worked as a police officer in the Denver Metro area until he moved to Los Angeles in 2001.

In 2002, Mark was hired by the CSUN Department of Police Services as parking enforcement officer, and was later appointed as a police officer.  Mark promoted to detective corporal in 2006 and to detective sergeant in 2009.  He achieved the rank of Lieutenant, Night Operations in January 2014, providing for around-the-clock command staff management for patrol operations.  Mark has excelled in the field of threat assessment investigation, and has shared his experience and expertise with other investigators as a guest presenter at the FBI's Threat Managing Conference in 2012, at Loyola Marymount University.

Mark has advanced officer training in sexual assault investigations, crime scene investigations, and advanced threat assessment management training from the Gavin De Becker Threat Assessment Academy.  Mark also holds basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory P.O.S.T. certifications; he has a BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of IACLEA’s Executive Development Institute.

Lieutenant Rene Lino has served the California State University Northridge Police Department since 2008 and serves as a Watch Commander in Patrol Operations.

Lieutenant Lino’s experience is in Patrol Operations and Investigations. Before his promotion to Lieutenant in 2018, Lieutenant Lino served as a Sergeant in Investigations overseeing criminal investigations and handling threat assessments. Before his promotion to Sergeant in 2014, Lieutenant Lino worked patrol and the following collateral assignments: Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, and Community Policing Team. Before joining the CSUN Police Department, Lieutenant Lino served as a Sergeant at Pepperdine University’s Department of Public Safety in Malibu, California. Before Pepperdine University, Lieutenant Lino served as a Custody Deputy with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Barbara, California.

Lieutenant Lino is a graduate of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute and holds the following certifications: California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Robert Presley Institute for Criminal Investigations specializing in Sexual Assault investigations; P.O.S.T. Supervisory and P.O.S.T. Management courses; Lieutenant Lino is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy (Class 325).

During his tenure at CSUN, Lieutenant Lino has achieved several citations for excellence in policing; Police Chief’s Award for Outstanding Performance (2011); Police Officer of the Year Award (2012 and 2013), and is a co-recipient of CSUN’s Jolene Koester Team Award - for his exemplary work in Community Policing.

Lieutenant Lino’s educational background is in Police & Security Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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