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The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) serves and protects the students, staff, faculty and all people and property within the jurisdiction of our community.

Commissioned law enforcement officers are on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The UWPD has the exclusive responsibility to act upon law-enforcement matters and perform police functions for the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. Officers investigate all crimes and enforce federal, state and local laws as well as Washington Administrative Code (WAC) rules within the University of Washington’s jurisdiction.

All sworn university peace officers have successfully completed training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Academy or equivalent training recognized by the commission. Many UWPD officers hold either an associate or a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, community relations or other public service-related fields. In addition to this extensive training, the officers also attend additional functional training throughout the year.

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Office of the Chief

The University of Washington Chief of Police is overall responsible for protecting our UW Seattle Campus community working in collaboration with campus leadership to provide services our community expects and deserves. The Office of the Chief is comprised of three entities – The Operations Division, Administrative Services Division and the Compliance Bureau.

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Operations Division

The Operations Division is the largest division within UWPD and includes Patrol, Investigations, Special Events, Internal Affairs, Training and Community Engagement.

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Administrative Services Division

UWPD’s Administrative Services Division provides administrative support, technical services and records keeping.

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Compliance Bureau

Performs all aspects of compliance within UWPD including its International and State accreditations, the training, policy development, inventory control and audits and inspections.