Chief Barbara O'Connor has over 30 years of law enforcement experience working in both municipal and campus environments. Chief O'Connor began her career in Massachusetts serving with the Yarmouth Police department and eventually moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) Police Department. At UMass Chief O'Connor progressed through the ranks serving as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief before being appointed Chief of Police in October of 2001.
Her additional leadership roles include serving at the University of University Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was appointed as the Executive Director of Public Safety. In this role she supervised and led the University Police Department, Emergency Planning and the Police Training Institute (PTI).
Chief O'Connor was recently appointed as the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the University of Connecticut.
At UConn, Chief O'Connor oversees a staff of 200 employees which includes police, fire and EMS services at the Storrs and regional campuses as well as the University of Connecticut Health Center located in Farmington.
Chief O'Connor has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Master's in Labor Studies, and a Juris Doctorate. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts.