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 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. As a team, we commit to preserving a learning environment that supports inclusivity, excellence, and quality of life for all members and visitors to the University community. We will accomplish our mission through community relationships, problem solving, and data-driven policing.
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. Sergeants, Officers and Community Service Officers are assigned a geographic area to which they are responsible for building relationships with community members, identifying trends, developing proactive policing strategies and responding to the needs within their areas.
Duties of the police officers include responding to calls for service, patrolling campus, completing building and property checks, conducting criminal investigations, assisting local law enforcement, presenting safety information to our campus community and attending events held on campus. 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 CSOs work in a variety of different roles to include; patrol, security stations at residence halls, driving for UWO Go, event security and much more.
The UW Oshkosh Police Department employs the following sworn personnel:
- Chief of Police
- Captain of Police
- Police Lieutenant (specializing in Event and Emergency Management)
- Communications and Records Sergeant & two Patrol Sergeants
- Police Officers (eight full-time)
The UW Oshkosh Police Department also employs two full-time law enforcement dispatchers and varying numbers (typically between 45 and 50) of part-time student employees whom we call Community Service Officers.
Part of the UW Oshkosh Police Department mission is to train and prepare our personnel to provide exceptional customer care to our community members as we respond to and manage daily tasks and incidents. When personnel are hired they go through our 15-week Police Training Officer (PTO) program. During this training they are partnered with different patrol officers who help the new officers learn our mission, values and policing responsibilities.
In addition to the training they receive during PTO we also require our personnel to attend the following:
Within the first year of employment:
- ALERRT Level I – Active Shooter Response
- ICAT (Integrating Communications & Tactics) Training
- Trauma Informed Care
- Implicit Bias Training
- SAFE (Students and Faculty for Equality)
- Law Enforcement Customer Service
- CPR & AED Training
Within the first 2 years of employment:
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Crowd Management Training
- Interview & Investigations Training
- ALERRT Level II or Active Attack Integrated Response
Every quarter personnel are required to attend a 4-5 hour training update that focuses on enhancing the skills of our personnel in the areas described below. In-service is also where we invite stakeholders to teach our personnel about their culture, operational mission and the ways we can enhance what they’re trying to accomplish as a department.
- Stop the Bleed
- Active Threat Update
- Emergency Communications
- ICAT | Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Updates
- Defensive & Arrest Tactics Updates
The above training list isn’t exhaustive but, it’s important to share some of our top training priorities so community members can be confident that we have their best interest in mind as we shape the personnel who ultimately work at UW Oshkosh and serve the community members who live, learn and visit our campus.