John DiFava
Director, Facilities Operations and Security

John DiFava began to pursue a career in law enforcement after earning an undergraduate degree in sociology from Long Island University. On graduating from the Massachusetts police academy, he served as a notable member of the Massachusetts State Police, where he gradually rose to the top rank of colonel in 1999. In 2001, he retired from the Massachusetts State Police Force and became chief of MIT’s campus police. Mr. DiFava also holds the title of director of facilities operations and security, directing MIT’s central utilities, ground repair and maintenance, mail, parking and transportation, and custodial services.         

Highlights of this interview include:


  • Experience in the Underwater Recovery Unit.
  • Discussion of how he revamped the Massachusetts State Police Department, resulting in the biggest makeover of the past 135 years.
  • Playing a crucial role in the security of Boston after 9/11.
  • The transition from state policing to university policing.
  • Involvement with student leadership and thoughts about MIT hacks from the prospective of a law enforcement officer.