University Police

Earl Lawson, Chief of Police/Associate Vice President for Public Safety

Chief Lawson started his career in law enforcement in 1990 at the Cal Poly Pomona Police Department where he worked as an Intern, Community Service Officer, and Police Dispatcher prior to being hired as a full-time officer in 1993. Chief Lawson attended the Orange County Sheriff's Department Academy Class #112 and worked as a patrol officer at Cal Poly Pomona before coming to CSU Monterey Bay Police Department in January 1995.

Chief Lawson graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Minor Certificate in Criminal Justice.

Chief Lawson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #234, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute class #148 and attended the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations with an emphasis in sexual assault investigation.

Chief Lawson served as the Commander of the Monterey Peninsula Special Response Unit (SRU), which includes Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and a Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). He also served as the Commander of the Northern California CSU Critical Response Unit (CRU), consisting of officers from each of the northern California CSU Campuses.

Chief Lawson has previously served as Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Investigative/Administrative Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, and Commander. He has been a firearms instructor, patrol rifle instructor, Pepperball instructor, bicycle patrol instructor, armorer, Field Training Program Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) expert, and member of the CSU State-Wide Critical Response Unit - Special Entry and Rescue Team.

Chief Lawson was the President of the Monterey County Chief Law Enforcement Officers’ Association 2012, 2013, & 2014. During that time, he also served on the Monterey County Gang Task Force Steering Committee, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Monterey County, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium Monterey Sector Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. He served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Monterey County Sexual Assault Response Team from 2010 - 2016.

Chief Lawson served as Third Chair (2015), Second Chair (2016) and First Chair (2017) of the California State University Chiefs' Group and continues to serve on the CSU Chiefs' Policy Development Committee.

Awards include:

  • CSU Monterey Bay Police Department Officer of the Year - 1996
  • CSU Monterey Bay Police Department Officer of the Year - 2003
  • Monterey County Peace Officers' Association Award of Merit - 2003
  • FBI National Academy Association Strongman Competition - 1st Place - 2008
  • Western States Police and Fire Games - Silver Medal in Shotput, Bronze Medal in Discus - 2009
  • United State Police and Fire Championships - Gold Medal in Shotput, Silver Medal in Discus - 2016
  • CSU Monterey Bay President's Medal Award for Management - 2018

Professional associations include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
  • California Peace Officers Association (CPOA)
  • California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO)
  • Monterey County Peace Officers Association (MCPOA)

Committees Include:

  • CSUMB President's Extended Cabinet
  • CSUMB Police Department Community Engagement Advisory Committee
  • Monterey Peninsula Regional Emergency Coordination Center Steering Committee
  • Monterey Peninsula Special Response (SRU) Unit Steering Committee
  • Monterey Peninsula Violence and Narcotics Task (PRVNT) Force Steering Committee
  • CSU System-wide Chiefs' Policy Development Committee
  • Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center Advisory Team
  • CSUMB Safety Committee
  • CSUMB Title IX Advisory Committee
  • CSUMB Clery Compliance Committee
  • CSUMB Behavioral Intervention Team
  • CSUMB Campus Project Review Committee
  • CSUMB Readiness Committee
  • CSUMB Sign Committee

Chief Lawson can be reached by contacting the University Police Department Administration Office at (831) 582-3360.