The primary goal of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department is to provide a safe campus environment conducive to personal growth and educational development.
The UW Oshkosh Police Department is dedicated to developing partnerships with the community we serve in order to support and enhance the mission of the UW Oshkosh.
As a team, we will preserve a learning environment that supports inclusivity, excellence and quality of life across campus, providing a safer environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors of UWO.
Fair and Impartial Policing
UW Oshkosh police officers shall not consider race, color, ethnicity, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, or religion in carrying out law enforcement activities except when locally relevant information links a person or people of certain characteristics/status, as listed above, to a specific unlawful incident, or to specific unlawful incidents, criminal patterns, or schemes.
Bias based profiling by our police members is prohibited and is defined as the following: police initiated action that relies upon common traits associated with belonging to certain groups; such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political affiliation, cultural group or any other identifiable characteristic of an individual rather than the behavior of the individual, or information that leads police to a particular individual who has been identified as being engaged in or having been engaged in criminal activity. Police Officers may use common traits as listed above in selecting whom to stop, when a person matches the specific description of an individual who is suspected in being involved in criminal activity.
Kurt Leibold, Chief of Police
The UW Oshkosh Police Department’s highly trained, educated and professional state police officers patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our police officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycle and in marked and unmarked police vehicles. Several police officers also serve as liaison officers to the residence halls.
Duties of the University Police officers include responding to calls for service, self-initiating activity when necessary, building security checks, assisting local law enforcement, conducting criminal investigations, presenting safety information to our campus community and attending events held on campus to support and enhance safety and build trust within our community. Officers enforce all State of Wisconsin laws and administrative rules of the University of Wisconsin System.
Through a partnership with the Department of Residence Life, the UW Oshkosh Police Department operates the Community Service Officer (CSO) program, which trains student employees who assist in maintaining campus safety.
The UW Oshkosh Police department also offers a variety of crime prevention programs.
The UW Oshkosh Police Department employs the following sworn personnel:
- Chief of Police
- Captain of Police
- Police Lieutenant (specializing in Event and Emergency Management)
- Patrol Sergeants (two who oversee patrol operations)
- Police Officers (eight full-time)
The UW Oshkosh Police Department also employees two full-time law enforcement dispatchers, a Dispatch and Records Supervisor and varying numbers (typically between 45 and 50) of part-time student employees whom we call Community Service Officers.