Western Washington University Police Department
The Western Washington University Police Department employs 15 police officers, all of whom are commissioned by the state of Washington. They receive the same training and are vested with the same powers and authority as other police officers in the state, including the authority to make arrests.
The WWU Police Department has primary responsibility for law enforcement on campus and works closely with the Bellingham Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in areas of mutual jurisdiction. University Police officers investigate all crimes reported on campus and enforce all applicable criminal and traffic laws. Persons arrested by University Police have their cases adjudicated in local courts.
To contact the WWU Police Department call (360) 650-3555. The Police Department is located in the Student Services Building, 2001 Bill McDonald Pkwy. To learn more about the WWU Police Department click on the WWU Police website.
Western students are expected to comply with University Police whenever they are performing their duties. Failure to do so may result in criminal charges and/or the following violations from the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code:
WAC 516-21-180 Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with the intructions or directives of any university official or other public official acting in performance of their duties, or failure to identify oneself when asked to do so by a university official or other public official acting in performance of their duties, is a violation of the code.
WAC 516-21-090 False Information
Providing or creating false information is a violation of the code. False information includes, but is not limited to:
- Forging, altering, mutilating, or destroying any university document or record, or entering false information into such documents or records;
- Possessing or presenting as authentic any falsified document, record, or identification;
- Intentionally making false accusations or charges against another member of the university community; or
- Knowingly providing false information or statements to any university official or other public official acting in performance of their duties.
WAC 516-21-170 Obstructing Police and Safety Personnel
Obstructing, interfering with, or delaying police or other fire, safety, or emergency personnel is a violation of the code.