Chief of Police
Haydee Martinez, joined UMass, Dartmouth as Deputy Chief of Police on September 19, 2020. She was promoted to Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety on April 1, 2021. Previously, Martinez worked at Northwestern University Police Department for nearly 19 years. She holds a BPhil from Northwestern University on Leadership and Organization Behavior. Additionally, she was selected to attend the ten-week accredited Police School of Staff and Command from Northwestern University. Martinez was the first Latinx and woman to rise through the ranks to achieve the position of lieutenant. Martinez was part of a team instrumental in hiring more women and minorities for the University police force. She is dedicated to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion especially underrepresented, disenfranchised and marginalized groups. Previously, Martinez participated in the Change Makers Review Committee and the Gender Queer, Non-Binary, Transgender Task Force, which explored how Northwestern could better recruit, retain, and support the success of these faculty, students and staff. As a U.S. Navy veteran Martinez understands the importance of accessibility to mental health services and advocated for change in the Veterans Recognition Subcommittee.
Martinez was recognized as a female “catalyst of change” during Northwestern University’s 150 years of women commemoration. Martinez served on the board of directors for the McGaw YMCA ensuring to be inclusive of external stakeholders and community members outside the University. Martinez will be relocating with her wife, Noelle, and two children, Mateo and Mila.