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UW Police Department goes for reaccreditation

April 18th, 2011 by master

The University of Washington Police Department is one of only 47 university or college police departments nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Initially accredited in 2005, UWPD has maintained compliance with 373 national standards/best practices, achieved reaccredited status in 2008, and is preparing for a second reaccreditation beginning May 7.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session May 9 at 3:30 PM. The session will be conducted in the Fishery Sciences Building located at 1122 NE Boat Street. The public can also leave comments by calling 206-543-8702 on May 8 between the hours of 1 PM and 3 PM.

You can check out UW Police on Facebook here.

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UW Police car hits two pedestrians

March 5th, 2011 by master

Just after 1am this morning (3/5), an unmarked UWPD patrol car with two officers inside was responding to back up Seattle Police officers involved in a disturbance near 7th Avenue NE and I-5. The UWPD patrol car ended up colliding with another vehicle in the intersection of University Way and NE 45th Street.

After the collision, the UWPD patrol car veered southwest, striking two adult male pedestrians who were standing at the corner of the intersection. The patrol car came to rest after hitting the American Apparel store. Both pedestrians were taken to Harborview for non-life threatening injuries. No one else was seriously hurt.

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UW Police organize walk against domestic violence

October 14th, 2010 by master

The University of Washington Police Department invites the public to take part in a memorial walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The walk will honor six members of the UW community who lost their lives on campus as a result of domestic violence. The walk, which takes place Wednesday, October 27 at noon, will go from Red Square to Gould Hall Memorial Garden.

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UW Police now on Facebook

August 12th, 2010 by master

In just the past week, the University of Washington Police Department joined the social media world.  They now have a Facebook account.  You can also track crime on campus with the UW Police log.  Although the log doesn’t give specific details about crimes, it does provide a location and nature of the case.   In just the past few week, the log shows officers have responded to reports of 6 burglaries, 4 thefts, and 2 cases of vandalism.

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UW Police add 3 new officers

August 5th, 2010 by master

Three new officers are joining the UW Police force.  Our friends at The Daily say officers Thomas James, Vadim Shoymerman, and Aaron Ernst will put on uniforms in the next few weeks.  Shoymerman is a former UW student, and James once worked on campus.  UW Police have more than 30 officers on the force according to last year’s annual report.

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Police alerts to UW students scaled back

May 18th, 2010 by master

Students at the UW may have noticed a significant decrease in the number of email alerts they receive from campus police.  That’s because UWPD has decided to follow stricter criteria for notifying students of crimes. 

Photo of UW Police Chief John Vinson by Daily photographer Jordan Nicholson.

UWPD had been following federal guidelines that call for them to put out “timely warnings of criminal incidents that represent an ongoing threat to university communities.”  But campus police say many times, they were releasing alerts for crimes that weren’t active threats to the community such as bank robberies in the U-District.  Now, alerts will only go out for incidents on campus or adjacent to campus unless there is a threat to students from other areas in the U-District.  Reporter Natalie Johnson has more details in The Daily.

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