The Western Washington University Police Department is comprised of 15 certified Sworn Peace Officers. All of whom are required to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. Officers become certified and state commissioned after graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Equivalency Academy for out of state lateral applicants.

The WWU Police Officer’s primary duties are to enforce the state laws, city municipal codes and Washington State Administrative codes, on the university campus and adjacent state facilities. Officers also enforce state and city laws in the surrounding areas of the campus in joint cooperation with Bellingham Police Department. Officers may be called to respond to and assist other law enforcement agencies under mutual aid agreements.

The WWU Police Officer is responsible for investigating all criminal activity reported on the university campus. Persons arrested by WWU Police will have their cases adjudicated in the Bellingham Municipal, the Whatcom County District or Superior Courts.

To schedule a ride along with a WWU Police officer, please download and complete the attached ride along form. After receiving and approving the completed form, we will contact you to schedule a time.

Page Updated 11.22.2017