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The patrol division is responsible for the protection of life and property within the university community.
The University Police Department is a full service agency and operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Patrol division officers completes the initial investigation and if the case remains open, it is referred to the investigations division.
All patrol officers are required to complete the eighteen-week police academy located at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Richmond, Kentucky.
Additionally, officers must complete forty hours of in-service training and other mandatory training.
WKU Officers have County Wide jurisdiction, including the streets passing through and adjacent thereto and offer mutual aid to adjoining authorities.
The police officers of the WKU Police have full police powers, including arrest powers, under Kentucky Revised Statute 164.975. The department is a professional law enforcement agency observing the highest standards of professional ethics in its operation.
WKU officers have a professional working relationship with members of the Bowling Green Police Department, the Warren County Sheriff's Office, the Kentucky State Police, and Federal Agencies.
The Western Kentucky University Police Department is a member of the Warren County Drug Task Force. This task force is composed of several local, state, and federal agencies with one goal in common, to fight the war on drugs.
The Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting in-depth investigations into crimes that occur on all owned and operated property of Western Kentucky University. This unit handles major offenses that include homicide, sexual assaults, robberies, arson, criminal activity, and fraud (identity theft, internet scams, forgery, and credit card theft). Along with assisting patrol the investigations unit is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and safeguarding physical evidence, interviewing witnesses and complainants and interrogating suspects.
Western Kentucky University Special Events Section specialize in special events and work in support of the enforcement of laws, and regulations at this regent's institution.
Although the WKU campus is a relatively safe place, we are not immune to those problems that affect all urban citizens, including problems related to public safety and law enforcement.
The Special Events Section assists the patrol unit and is responsible for events that require Law Enforcement aside from routine patrol. Special Events coordinate with WKU staff members to organize security for special events, athletics, and student run events to ensure the safety and security of those attending.
The WKU Police is a full service Law Enforcement Agency accredited by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police. All police officers are sworn and certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council with full arrest power, under Kentucky Revised Stature 164.975. The WKU Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency observing the highest standards of integrity and professional ethics.
Captain Johnny Vance
Sergeant Brandon Humphries
Sergeant Rafael Casas
Special Events & Crime Prevention