UW Police

About Us

Welcome to the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD). Founded in 1902, the UWPD grew from a security force into a police department in the early 1970s. Our department has the same responsibilities and authority as other municipal departments in the state of Washington. We are proud of our commitment to the University of Washington to “Safeguard the Academic Community with P.R.I.D.E.”

The UWPD employs more than 85 dedicated professionals interested in making a positive impact on our campus. We regularly partner with faculty, staff and students on crime prevention and law enforcement programs, and frequently team up with Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and the King County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the safety of those on campus.

The UWPD is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Initially accredited in 2005, the agency has maintained compliance with over 369 national standards/best practices and achieved reaccreditation in 2008, 2011 and 2014.