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WKU Police Department

WKU Police Department

The Western Kentucky University Police Department is a professional full service agency operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers have police powers, including arrest powers, under Kentucky Revised Statute 164.955. Our agency consists of 23 sworn police officers, 9 communications officers, 2 student workers, and 1 office coordinator. The department provides services to the Main Campus and owned or operated property by Western Kentucky University; which includes South Campus, The Center, Lost River Cave and The WKU AG Center.

WKU Police Access Control

WKU Access Control serves under the direction of the WKU Police Department Chief of Police and is responsible for managing all keying systems for WKU campuses. Their office management and staff are dedicated to quality service and strive to provide the safest environment possible to all members of the campus community. For more information, visit https://www.wku.edu/accesscontrol/.

Mission Statement:

To create a safe interactive environment that is conducive to learning. We seek to accomplish this mission by strengthening relationships within the community, developing and evaluating effective responses to identified problems, and maintaining order.

Our Core Values:
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment

An Accredited Agency

In August of 2019 the WKU Police Department was awarded it's sixth-five year accreditation by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police(KACP). WKU Police was the first University and fourth police department in the state of Kentucky to become accredited by the KACP.

KACP Accreditation




          Contact Us

Emergency:                Dial 9-1-1

Non-Emergency:       270-745-2677

Safety Escort:             270-745-3333 

Fax Number:              270-745-5275

Email:               wkupolice@wku.edu                   



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 Last Modified 7/18/23