About Us

WMU Department of Public Safety

We are located at 511 Monroe Street, just east of the main campus and northwest of Waldo Football Stadium.

Public Safety has over 40 full-time employees, civilian and police, amongst multiple divisions and bureaus.

The department also employs over 50 students each year to assist in our mission to maintain a safe campus.

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Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety is one of fourty, out of nearly six hundred, police agencies in Michigan to achieve accreditation. WMUDPS voluntarily sought accreditation beginning in May 2019. After a team of trained MACP commission assessors evaluated the department against 108 “best practice” standards including use of force, vehicle pursuit, search and seizure and internal operations (training, command structure, recruitment, etc.), WMUDPS was granted full accreditation in February of 2021.

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Department Policies and Procedures

To view Western Michigan University Public Safety's policies and procedures click here.

Mission Statement

Western Michigan University Public Safety's mission is to provide a safe, secure, healthy, and sustainable environment through engagement, education, and enforcement so that all members of the University community can accomplish their learning, teaching, research, and public service goals.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to achieve uncompromised personal safety on campus and model environmental stewardship for the community through innovation, technology, education, and visibility.

Our Commitment

We are committed to employing the highest standards of performance, implementing best practices in policing, encouraging accountability and reflecting the values of a global university. We will continue to strengthen relationships within our community by remaining true to our core values of integrity, professionalism, and service.

Department Motto

Sworn to protect, dedicated to serve.

We believe

  • In fair, equitable and impartial treatment for all.
  • Our community must be part of the law enforcement and crime prevention process.
  • The police and the community should be mutually accountable.
  • Our campus community has the right to live in a safe, crime-free environment.
  • In continual development of departmental personnel.
  • We must hold ourselves to the highest ethical and professional standards.