Chief of Police
Kirk Bouyelas is the chief of police for the Tulane University Police Department. His career in law enforcement has spanned nearly 38 years. Prior to joining, Tulane he spent over 31 years with the New Orleans Police Department, serving as both the chief of operations and the chief of investigations. Upon retiring from the New Orleans Police Department, he continued his career serving as the chief investigator for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. In October 2018, he was hired as the chief of police at Tulane University.
At Tulane, Chief Bouyelas has successfully navigated many hurdles to include a reaccreditation with CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA Accreditation is a voluntary process which is considered the “gold standard” by the public safety community and is a proven modern management tool for police executives. Currently, the Tulane University Police Department is the only campus law enforcement agency to achieve accreditation in the state of Louisiana.
Chief Bouyelas is a member of the International Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He has participated in numerous panel discussions and peer exchanges with organizations to include the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the VERA Institute of Justice.
Chief Bouyelas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for the New Orleans Police Academy, teaching criminal investigations, report writing and leadership for new supervisors.