Office of the Chief

The Office of the Chief consists of Chief Paula Balafas, Deputy Chief Mario Leon, Administrative Support Assistant Lori Flores, and Emergency Management Coordinator Lane Spalla.

Emergency Planning

On May 2, 2005, The University of Arizona announced the creation of the Manager of Emergency Preparedness, a new position at the university and UAPD. The Manager of Emergency Preparedness is the focal point for emergency training and operation at the University of Arizona. This position is responsible for training campus departments in emergency operations, helping prepare emergency plans for departments and buildings, and updating the University’s Emergency Response and Business Continuity Plans. Additionally, this position is responsible for conducting local and campus-wide emergency drills to help the campus better prepare for emergency situations.

In addition to assisting the university’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), the Manager of Emergency Preparedness will expand ongoing partnerships with local, state and federal agencies involved in emergency planning.


Office of the Chief

Paula Balafas

Chief of Police, Assistant Vice President

Lori Flores

Administrative Support Assistant II

Emergency Planning

Lane Spalla

Emergency Management Coordinator