The Department of Public Safety includes a full-service police department with over 25 sworn police officers. The police officers are licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) with full police authority to enforce laws of the State of Michigan and university ordinances. WMU police officers are granted police powers by the WMU Board of Trustees as well as by the Sheriff of Kalamazoo County.

Crime Reporting

The Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety takes each reported crime seriously.

If you have a tip or a possible lead in an unsolved crime, or if you would like to report a crime, please contact the Department of Public Safety in one of the following ways:

  • Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch: (269) 488-8911
  • WMU Public Safety phone tree: (269) 387-5555
  • Email:
  • Web form: Contact Us
  • Visit us: 511 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Community Policing

Many police officers from the Department of Public Safety serve as community police officers and residence hall liaisons within the community. These officers provide programs and services to the campus community throughout each year.

Detective Bureau

The Department of Public Safety has experienced and trained investigators who work hand-in-hand with multiple agencies through Kalamazoo County and around the State of Michigan.