Victor Clay

Victor Clay

Chief of the Harvard University Police Department
Chief of Police Vic Clay

With more than 35 years of experience and an unwavering commitment to building strong bonds with the communities he has served, Victor “Vic” Clay has served as Chief of Police at Harvard University Police Department since July 2021. He leads the department in their mission to earn the trust of the community they serve, with selfless commitment to the compassionate application of their duties and responsibilities. The HUPD pursues this mission within the University context of free expression, rigorous inquiry, vast diversity, and pursuit of distinction. The HUPD honors these traditions and seeks success by means that are moral, constitutional, and respectful of individual rights and community interests.

Prior to his current role, Vic was chief of campus security and parking services at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he quickly developed a reputation as a prominent, respected, and approachable member of the campus community. This was his second job in higher education after working as head of campus security at Occidental College. Vic also spent nearly 28 years in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), where he achieved the rank of lieutenant and was awarded the LASD meritorious conduct medal.

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