Hampton Cantrell has been named the new Chief of Campus Security and Parking Services at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Cantrell brings more than 35 years working in higher education public safety and security, as well as in sworn law enforcement, to the role.
Cantrell most recently served as the Executive Director of Public Safety at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, where he oversaw security services, safety compliance, emergency management, and parking and transportation services.
Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary's, Cantrell was the Associate Vice President of Public Safety at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) from 2008 to 2019. He joined LMU after a 26-year career in sworn law enforcement, 24 years of which he served in the Inglewood Police Department in Southern California. During his time in Inglewood, Cantrell rose to the rank of senior police captain and oversaw all three major bureaus: patrol operations, detectives and administration. He also spent two years serving the Compton Police Department as a patrol officer.
A native of the Bay Area, Cantrell received his B.A. in political science from UC Irvine and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in California and provides consulting on public safety issues in the state. Cantrell is also the immediate past president of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA), a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).