UW Police

Office of the Chief

Chief of Police John N. Vinson, Ph.D. - vinso1jn@uw.edu - 206.543.0521
Chief John Vinson, Ph.D.

John N. Vinson, Ph.D., Chief of Police

John N. Vinson, Ph.D., became the University of Washington Police Department Chief in February 2009. Chief Vinson holds a Ph.D. in public administration from Western Michigan University and came to us with 15 years of law enforcement experience, including ten years of supervisory and administrative experience. Chief Vinson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan and a master’s degree in administration. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

Under his leadership, the UWPD has further developed its community-oriented approach to policing. He created the Office of Professional Standards & Training, moved the department to sector patrol, and has made professional development and accountability the foundation upon which UWPD employees build their careers. During his tenure, the department created an anonymous tip-line (206.685.8477), developed a Facebook page and established an increased police presence in the buildings students most often frequent by staffing information desks at the HUB (Student Union Building) and in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

The Campus Security Advisory Committee (CSAC), a group comprised of faculty, staff and students from across the campus, meets regularly with the Chief of Police to discuss matters of concern to the campus community. The CSAC examines campus security and safety issues and makes suggestions for improvement. Learn more about the Campus Security Advisory Committee.

You can reach Chief Vinson at 206.543.0521, or you can email him at vinso1jn@uw.edu. You can also follow the Chief on Twitter!