Chief's Page


Dear Campus Citizen or Guest;

I take our mission statement very seriously. Our authority as peace officers is grave and represents a great trust on the part of ASU's governance. It is for that reason that we must work in partnership with the community we serve and in which we live to provide a safe and orderly environment. When we all work together and agree on the basic values of respect and lawful behavior our safety and success is much more likely.

We have a safe and friendly campus. Please feel free to partner with your campus police by making suggestions, reporting suspicious incidents, taking advantage of prevention programs, and letting us answer questions you may have. We are happy to serve alongside you.

Joel F. Shults, Ed.D

Dr. Shults is a former professor of criminal justice, police trainer, deputy coroner, law enforcement chaplain, municipal police chief, and military policeman. He earned his AA and BS in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Central Missouri where he also earned his MS in Public Services Administration. With a research emphasis on community policing and basic police training, he earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri's school of education.

Chief Shults is actively involved in community collaboration with the Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, the Anti-Violence Committee, SLV Law Enforcement Training Foundation, SLV Drug Task Force, School Violence Prevention Task Force, and SLV Prevention Coalition. He is the author of several published articles on law enforcement and police training and currently serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the curriculum committee of the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.