UW Police

Strategic Plan Updates

“Built for the Future”

This page highlights progress on the UWPD’s Strategic Plan. Updates are made quarterly in early January, April, July and October.

Update – October 2016

The summer of 2016 was a time of celebration for the UWPD as we made the move into our brand-new facility located at 3939 15th Avenue NE! We are thrilled to be closer to campus and to have our facility more visible to the University District community. The department made the final move in August, and we hope you all will come visit us soon!

The new facility was one of many transitions over the summer. The department also launched a new Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System in July; the system serves as an electronic repository of all dispatch and police records. The system is much more user-friendly and modern than the old one. We also upgraded the operating systems on many of our computers, upgraded our stancil (911 recorder), in the process of upgrading the in-car video system, and also transitioned to housing our own internal servers for improved security and functionality.

If you have not been by 3939 15th Avenue NE, we hope you enjoy these photos of the new UWPD!

The new UWPD station street view

It’s official! We are open at 3939 15th Ave NE

Chief Vinson signing papers at the podium in the new multi-purpose room

Chief Vinson in the new multi-purpose room

K-9 officer carrying a relaxed K-9, paws crossed

K-9 Harley has settled into her new digs!

 

Officers smiling in the new UWPD report writing area

Report writing area

Officer and dispatcher inside the new 911 dispatch center

New 911 dispatch center

Update – July 2016

Office of the Chief

  • Fifty years in the making, the UWPD held the ribbon cutting ceremony for our new headquarters on June 15th. Representatives from Chief Shanahan’s family and former UWPD Chief Roger Serra attended, helping us open the building to the community. UWPD personnel will move in over the summer, and we are thrilled to be closer to the community we serve.
  • Chief John N. Vinson was elected to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Board of Directors as the 2016-2017 Director-at-Large. We are excited to have the University of Washington’s interests and perspectives represented at IACLEA.
  • Spring quarter saw the development of the Student Safety Advisory Board. The board is a good reflection of the student community, and we would like to continue to foster the diversity of this group.

Operations

  • In April, the Criminal Investigations Bureau held its first Sexual Assault Panel. The event was well attended and the Q&A session was both engaging and informative. Our victim advocate, in partnership with the Health & Wellness advocate, conducted training for Daily reporters about covering sexual assault in a way that is straightforward and non-sensationalizing.
  • Three officers completed their field training and are now patrolling solo. With the increase in the number of officers working patrol, the Criminal Investigations Bureau assigned one detective to the unit in April with three to follow in July.
  • In April, patrol officers arrested burglars in two separate incidents inside the McCarty Hall construction project. In May, UWPD officers assisted Seattle Police by locating the suspects involved in a series of armed robberies in the University District. Three suspected robbers were arrested. In June, officers arrested a burglar in Clark Hall.
  • In June, the UWPD assisted with security for President Obama’s visit to Seattle and also assisted with security for the Seattle Pride Parade.

Community Services

  • Community Services held its second Annual Building Coordinators meeting in May. At the meeting, UWPD provided training on community-oriented policing and shared information about our partnership with Seattle Police. We also used this opportunity to promote our security assessment program to building coordinators.
  • Though we completed our scheduled active shooter trainings for the community in winter quarter, Community Services has continued to provide active shooter trainings upon request.
  • Our spring event with the community was our first-ever Cookies with Cops event in Red Square, where we promoted bike and electronics registration and used “beer goggles” to simulate impairment and deter drunk driving.

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

  • To assist Campus Security Authorities across campus, OPS&T developed a resource and training Web page to be launched over the summer.
  • Seattle Police, King County Sheriff and the UWPD signed a sexual assault Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate response and services countywide. The MOU will help ensure consistent victim advocacy and consistent resource messaging across law enforcement agencies in King County.

Administrative Services

  • In spring quarter, the UWPD tried its first live tweeting event with a patrol officer. K-9 Harley and her handler took over the department’s twitter feed. We also partnered with several departments to promote sexual assault awareness during the month of April. Our friends from the Counseling Center joined the PD for Denim Day, www.denimdayinfo.org.
  • One dispatcher completed her on-the-job training and is now dispatching independently.

Information Technology (IT)

  • The IT division has continued to be busy coordinating the move to the new facility, including the development of the server room, finalizing the design for the new Computer Aided Dispatch and Law Enforcement Records Management system (CAD-LERMS), coordinating training for the CAD-LERMS, and configuring and testing technologies in the new facility, such as security systems, conference room monitors and the new lobby kiosk.

Update – April 2016

Office of the Chief

      • Construction on the police facility continues on schedule. Over winter quarter, drywall went up and painting and tiling began.
      • Working with the ASUW, the UWPD co-hosted a kickoff meeting for a Student-UWPD Safety Advisory Board on March 1st. We are excited to expand our relationship with the ASUW and all UW students through this newly formed board!
      • The King County Police Chief’s Association recognized Chief Vinson for his “distinguished leadership, guidance and friendship extended to the law enforcement agencies of King County” while serving as chair of the association in 2015.

Community Services (formerly, Security Services)

      • Winter quarter was busy with 58 active shooter trainings hosted by the UWPD for the public. We reached more than 1100 members of the community and hope to reach even more in the future.
      • With 28 security assessments begun and eight completed in the last three months, Community Services has been busy working with departments to increase the safety and security of their facilities. Interested in having a security assessment done for your facility? Contact us at crimeprv@uw.edu.

Operations

      • Two police officers were hired over winter quarter. One officer graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and one officer completed his on-the-job field training and is now patrolling solo.
      • The division worked on various efforts to improve efficiency, including the launch of newly configured software for tracking the progress of officers in training, updating training forms and shortening the approval process for incident reports.
      • Our new explosives detection dawg, Harley, successfully completed K-9 school in January and is on the streets with her handler.
      • The Officer, Supervisor and Civilian of the Year awards all went to members of the Operations division. Lt. Schulz, who oversees the Criminal Investigation Bureau, was voted Supervisor of the Year. Officer Martinez-LaVetter, a patrol officer and head of the field training program, was voted Officer of the Year. Natalie Dolci, our victim advocate, was voted Civilian of the Year.
      • For sexual assault awareness month (April), the Criminal Investigations Bureau is hosting a Sexual Assault Panel on April 26th. The panel will consist of partners in law enforcement as well as advocates who will discuss their role in fighting sexual violence. The event is open to the public.

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • In January, the UWPD and UW Emergency Management trained together for responding to an active shooter, and our partners at Facilities Services wrote a fun blog post about it.

Administrative Services

      • The department hired one dispatcher over winter quarter, and one other dispatcher completed on-the-job training and is now dispatching independently.
      • The Marketing and Communications Unit continued its work to upgrade the look of the department online and in social media. Some of you may have noticed the launch of our new police patch that now serves as our social media avatar.

Information Technology Services

      • In addition to IT’s regular support duties, personnel have been busy throughout the year configuring the new Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management system. The bigger, faster, better system will launch around the opening of the new police facility.

Update – January 2016

Office of the Chief

      • Construction on the new police facility continues on schedule. Exterior windows were installed in late 2015 and drywall is going up. Strategic tasks from 2015 will carry over into 2016 as we prepare for our move into the new facility. Longer term strategic planning will take place later in the year after the move is complete. We are getting excited for the move-in and will keep you posted on our Grand Opening plans!
      • The department is pleased to announce that we will be managing a comprehensive, campus-wide effort to bring active shooter training opportunities to all campus community members who are interested. Check out our events web page to learn more: police.uw.edu/aboutus/uwpdevents!

Security Division

      • Completed classes for our annual security academy. We had 15 graduates this year from eight institutions across the state.
      • The Security Division increased its involvement in security assessments across campus with 12 assessments in process. Interested in having a security assessment done for your facility? Contact us at crimeprv@uw.edu.
      • With a departmental re-org, the Community Outreach Unit, which includes crime prevention, now reports to the Security Division.

Operations

      • The department achieved its 2015 hiring goals by adding to our UWPD family over the course of the year. In the fall, four officers graduated from the basic police academy and are set to begin their field training with the UWPD. In addition, five officers completed their field training and are now patrolling solo.
      • In November, we hosted a Bike Theft Symposium, connecting with our partners across campus and across the city to collaborate on reducing bike theft. The event was covered by The Daily. In addition, the UWPD created a Bike Theft Working Group to pull in our partners to work on this problem.
      • Retired the UW’s first explosive detection dawg, K-9 Kali. Special thanks to everyone who came out for her retirement party in the HUB! Kali’s handler is back at K-9 school with a new dawg. K-9 Harley is expected to graduate in January 2016, which will put the UWPD back up to two explosives detection dawgs.

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • OPS&T played a significant role supporting other divisions. By implementing its EZ-hire program, the UWPD hired more experienced personnel, which allowed for shorter training periods. OPS&T was also instrumental in training at the security academy and in coordinating the field training for new officers.

Administrative Services (formerly, Technical Services)

      • The department hired two dispatchers in the fall and two others completed their on-the-job training and are now dispatching solo.
      • Public records requests transitioned back the Records Unit from OPS&T. The Records Unit now has several student employees to assist with data entry, freeing the Records Administrator for higher level tasks.

Information Technology Services

      • With the year-end reorganization, the IT unit became its own division, headed by IT Manager Del Hazeley. This division will be crucial as we move into our new facility and coordinate major technology changes over the year, including the deployment of a new Computer Aided Dispatch system as well as a new in-car video system.

Update – October 2015

Office of the Chief

      • Construction on the new police facility continues on schedule with the second floor laid down in early September.
      • As we prepare for the opening of the Brooklyn and UW Sound Transit stations, the UWPD hosted four multi-agency table top trainings. The agencies and departments represented included King County Transit Police and Security, UWMC, Seattle Police, Seattle Fire and UW EH&S as well as the UWPD.
      • Began transitioning UW Bothell Security back to a civilian-run unit with former UWPD sergeant hired as the civilian director.

Security Division

      • Began hosting our annual security academy in September. Classes will continue through November of this year, covering customer service, active shooter and federal incident command system among many other topics.
      • The department continues to work with the UW Tower to make the best use of the facility cameras to detect, prevent and solve security issues.

Operations Division

      • From July through October 2nd, the department hired two police officers and saw four officers off to the basic academy with a graduation date set for November. The department plans to be at full commissioned staffing in January of 2016.
      • Over the summer, the department hired its first fulltime crime analyst.
      • The Love Your Stuff crime prevention campaign continues, collaborating with our partners in Commuter Services, the HUB, Housing and Food Services and UWMC Security, among other departments. Learn more and download the posters on the Love Your Stuff Web page.

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report was published as required by federal law. All students, staff and faculty were notified at the end of September.
      • The department launched an updated sexual assault policy and provided training in sexual assault investigation for commissioned personnel.
      • The UWPD reached more than 10,000 freshmen and parents at orientations over the summer. The UWPD also made an extra effort this summer to reach grad students in professional programs as well as transfer and international students, speaking to these groups about safety and security topics.

Technical Services

      • The department hired one police dispatcher over the summer. Another new dispatcher successfully completed her on-the-job training and is now dispatching solo.
      • After months of research, the department has selected a new Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System. We are super excited about its capabilities and the ease of data extraction from this new product. The system will come online as we transition into our new facility in 2016.

Update – July 2015

Office of the Chief

      • Construction on the new police facility is on schedule with the foundation and first floor laid down as of early July.
      • Lt. Jaross, assigned to special projects, continues to coordinate with King County Sheriff and Sound Transit on the construction of the new transit station, including plans for data sharing and joint training.
      • The Chief began the coordination of Leadership Trainings in April of this year and those trainings will occur monthly.

Security Division

      • Four security guards volunteered for training in traffic control, and the training has enabled them to take over some overtime details, easing the overtime burden on patrol officers. Security personnel have also been actively involved in high profile and high sensitivity overtime assignments, providing site security.
      • Security personnel continue to add value to the department through detection and observation, assisting officers in identifying several possible brick thieves, trespassers and one bicycle thief.
      • Security guards assisted Community Outreach with tabling events, providing crime prevention tips and electronics and bicycle registration at campus “hot spot” locations (areas with thefts in higher frequency).

Operations Division

      • From April through June, the department hired eight police officers and saw six officers successfully complete the basic academy. Two additional officers also completed their field training and are now patrolling solo.
      • Again in spring quarter, the department hosted and ran a free Rape Aggression Defense class to the women in our community.
      • Through the use of security personnel and contracting with outside agencies, the department decreased mandated special events overtime. Spring quarter saw a decrease of more than sixty percent in mandated special events overtime, thereby increasing officer rest and satisfaction.

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • In collaboration with Transportation Services, the Love Your Stuff crime prevention campaign launched at the Bike Trail Party in May. Love Your Stuff is a marketing campaign to deter and prevent theft of unattended items, including electronics, bicycles and items left in vehicles. Learn more on our Web page dedicated to the campaign: www.uw.edu.police/loveyourstuff
      • The department continues to collaborate with departments across campus to spread crime prevention messages through Transportation Services’ Fleet Safe newsletter as well as the Human Resources newsletter, The Resource. The department has also used the video displays in the HUB and the Residence Halls as avenues to spread our message.
      • In June, the department hosted a Clery training for Student Conduct, and also in June, the department hosted the Northwest Regional Forum, called “Reclaiming the Spirit of the Clery Act.” The forum gathered representatives from colleges and universities from across the Northwest to develop recommendations for the federal government on how to improve the Clery Act.

Technical Services

      • Technical Services improved our 60-Day Crime Log to be more inclusive and give the public a better picture of the crime in our community.
      • The department hired one police dispatcher in the spring. The Communications Center continues to rely on staff from other areas of Technical Services who are trained dispatchers to fill scheduling vacancies.
      • The Records Unit was re-organized and a police dispatcher was promoted to Records Administrator overseeing the unit and supervising hourly employees to do data entry, increasing our efficiency and speed.

 

Update – April 2015

Office of the Chief

      •  We had a fabulous time celebrating the Groundbreaking for the new UW Police facility that will be located at 3939 15th Avenue Northeast. Thank you to everyone who attended–we will see you there next year for the Grand Opening! Lt. Jaross is meeting weekly with the contractors as we create a road map to the Grand Opening.

Security Division

      • Manager Sletten has been presenting targeted trainings to his security teams, helping the UWPD guards develop observation, reporting and detection skills. This has resulted in several sightings of trespassers that resulted in police contact, ejection from buildings and confiscation of possible stolen property.

Operations Division

      • We are excited to announce a new Deputy Chief, Csaba F. Maczala, who comes to us with 28 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Maczala’s most recent position was as Commander of Robbery-Homicide at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
      • So far this year, to ease shift staffing, we have hired ten new officers; six are currently at the police academy and the remaining four are laterals and do not need to attend the academy.
      • Winter quarter saw the development of collaborative efforts with Building Coordinators across campus. A select group of Building Coordinators from theft “hotspot” locations met with UWPD to brainstorm solutions and then on April 1st, the UWPD hosted the first annual Building Coordinator Kickoff Meeting that we hope results in many more collaborations as we enhance the quality of life on campus.
      • The department received help from with Commuter Services marketing folks to develop a theft-related crime prevention campaign message. Stay tuned for more details!

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • In March, we attended a hearing and banquet put on by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) where the UWPD achieved re-accreditation.
      • The department has been busy with hiring across departmental divisions, and OPST has been crucial in recruiting, interviewing and backgrounding applicants. In addition, OPST looks to add a new Commander position to its own ranks to assist with the many tasks involved in training, community outreach, hiring and accreditation.
      • We completed a proposal to strengthen UWPD-student relations and have forwarded the proposal to our key stakeholders across campus. We also began featuring our student workers in “Humans of the UWPD” posts on Facebook.
      • A new series of free Rape Aggression Defense classes are being offered in April, just in time for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Technical Services

      • All UWPD dispatchers are now Criminal Justice Training Center Telecommunicator 1 certified. Most are also Level 2 certified and hope to fulfill the goal of all dispatchers certified at level 2 by the end of the year.
      • Created a Records Administrator position to oversee the Records Unit. Will fill this position in April.
      • Continuing to develop the Request for Purchase for the new Computer-Aided Dispatch and Records Management System.

 

Update – January 2015

In November of 2014, Command Staff met to discuss the department’s goals and priorities for the coming year. After receiving feedback from supervisors department-wide, the Command Staff finalized our 2015 goals and chose a theme for the year: “Building for the Future.”

Some of our goals for the year 2015 include:

Office of the Chief

      • New building preparation
      • Continued leadership training

Security Division

      • Develop and offer an Advanced Security Officer Academy, building on the basic academy offered in 2013 and 2014
      • Develop collaboration strategies between security teams and police officers

Operations Division

      • Develop creative and practical responses to crime and the fear of crime
      • Continue In-Training Program for detectives and supervisory positions

Office of Professional Standards & Training (OPS&T)

      • Increase staffing and support employees
      • Complete a comprehensive workload assessment
      • Strengthen UWPD-student relations by developing our Commitment to Collaboration strategy

Technical Services

    • Deploy new technology to include a new in-car video system
    • Purchase new Computer Aided Dispatch/Records Management System