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Villanova Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Receives International Award


For 15 years, David Tedjeske has helped make Villanova a safer place. He was recently honored for his commitment to campus safety, receiving the 2022 President's Award at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators' (IACLEA) annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tedjeske has overseen major organizational changes in his time at at the helm of campus safety at Villanova, including transitioning from a security department to a sworn police department in 2016. He guided the installation of campus-wide CCTV video surveillance, and helped expand and improve card access systems across Villanova. Tedjeske also served as the chair of the University's COVID-19 Operations Group at the height of the pandemic. 

The IACLEA President's Award is given annually to an individual or individuals for their commitment to campus safety and the Association. Tedjeske has been an organization member for 25 years, holding vice president, chairmember and team leader roles. He chaired a working group in 2014 that produced a paper on arming campus public safety agencies, which has provided a resource for many agencies considering the transition.

In his role at Villanova, Tedjeske oversees a Public Safety Department consisting of 100 employees that works 24/7/365 to be a trusted resource for Villanova students, faculty and staff.