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It is the position of the University Police Department that among the violations of misconduct considered to be of an especially serious nature are those that represent a threat to the safety and health of  members of the University Community. These include but are not limited too, harassment, physical violence or threat of violence, non-consensual sexual contact, rape or any form of sexual violence.             

The WKU Police is a full service Law Enforcement Agency accredited by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police. All police officers are sworn and certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council with full arrest power, under Kentucky Revised Stature 164.975. The WKU Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency observing the highest standards of integrity and professional ethics.


The patrol division is responsible for the protection of life and property within the university community.The University Police Department is a full service agency and operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Patrol division officers completes the initial investigation and if the case remains open, it is referred to the investigations division.All patrol officers are required to complete the eighteen-week police academy located at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Richmond, Kentucky.Additionally, officers must complete forty hours of in-service training and other mandatory training.WKU Officers have County Wide jurisdiction, including the streets passing through and adjacent thereto and offer mutual aid to adjoining authorities.The police officers of the WKU Police have full police powers, including arrest powers, under Kentucky Revised Statute 164.975. The department is a professional law enforcement agency observing the highest standards of professional ethics in its operation.WKU officers have a professional working relationship with members of the Bowling Green Police Department, the Warren County Sheriff's Office, the Kentucky State Police, and Federal Agencies.

Criminal Investigations Unit

The Western Kentucky University Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is charged with the responsibility of conducting in-depth investigations into crimes that occur on all Western Kentucky University owned and controlled property. Investigators received training in a variety of areas including sex crimes, robbery, burglary, crime scene investigations and death scene investigations. Along with assisting the Patrol Unit, the Criminal Investigations Unit is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and safeguarding physical evidence, interviewing witnesses and complainants, and interrogation suspects. The Criminal Investigations Unit regularly attend meetings with members of other Law Enforcement agencies to improve communications and to discuss current crime trends in our area.

The Criminal Investigations Unit also assists conduct background investigations of candidates applying for appointment as a police officer and civilian personnel within the department.


Captian John Bailey

Captain John Bailey
Field Operations

Sergeant Rafael Casas

Sergeant Rafael Casas
Criminal Investigations Units

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