Equity by Community, with Community, for Community

The UWPD Equity Dashboard is a way of showing our commitment to equity in action as co-defined alongside members of our community.

Equity Dashboard

We acknowledge the cumulative weight of our history

Like many institutions in the United States, policing has an uneven history. A legacy of harm persists in systems, hearts and minds today. There are reasons why those we serve from marginalized communities experience fear, anxiety and anger when it comes to police. Some examples:

Black & Latinx people disproportionately experience use of force by police officers

Additionally, research shows police officers are more likely to stop Black and Latinx people multiple times annually compared to White people. When they do, trends suggest police officers speak significantly less respectfully to Black people than White people irrespective of officer race, severity of the infraction and outcome of the stop.

LGBTQ individuals are overrepresented at every level of the criminal justice system, from juvenile justice to parole

Additionally, research finds transgender people of color report higher rates of harassment during contacts with police than White transgender people.

UWPD is not immune as it relates to the problematic history of policing

Understanding our own tainted history and creating mechanisms for continuous assessment and improvement is essential to cultivating community trust.

* see data collected by Gallup here
** see report by The Sentencing Project here

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A few points to consider…

  • The data presented in this dashboard is updated quarterly.
  • Our data collection processes are reviewed by three separate accreditation bodies to ensure accuracy and integrity.
  • We commit to finding ways to continuously improve the Equity Dashboard — as such, your feedback is appreciated.

Welcome to the Conversation

On behalf of all of us at the UW-Madison Police Department, thank you for taking the time to learn about the work we do to keep our campus community safe.

This dashboard is the result of more than a year of collaboration through our Racial Equity Initiative. We’ve worked hard with our Police Advisory Council and various community stakeholders to find ways that our department can be even more transparent about our work on the UW-Madison campus. The UWPD Equity Dashboard is one of those ways. It’s a means to present key data sets about our department, the calls we respond to, complaints, and more – all with a laser-focus on equity.

We hope you find the dashboard useful and a demonstration of our never-ending commitment to building trust and deepening partnerships. Again, welcome to the conversation – we’re glad you’re here.

Learn More About UWPD

UWPD: Our People

Diversity is a value at UWPD and, consistent with UW-Madison’s statement on diversity, we view it as a strength that improves our ability to serve our campus community. We are committed to ensuring our entire department appropriately reflects the campus community across a range of backgrounds and identities. View our current organizational chart here.

Demographic data sourced from UW-Madison Office of Human Resources

Data shown is from 2020, and is updated annually

UWPD employees (police and non-police)
UWPD employees with at least a four-year degree
Average Age
Data for: Q4, 2021
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UWPD responds to and initiates hundreds of calls for service each day, most of which do not result in enforcement action. Non-enforcement calls for service include crime reports and prevention, community policing activities, requests for assistance, and many others.
No Contact found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.
Traffic Stops
Traffic stops are among the most visible public contact conducted by UWPD police officers. A priority goal of traffic-related enforcement is to promote safety.
No Traffic Stops found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.
Citations are one of many tools UWPD uses to address certain illegal behaviors. UWPD officers issue citations based on State of Wisconsin statutes as well as University of Wisconsin System administrative codes.
No Citations found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.
Criminal arrests are a relatively small but serious aspect of enforcement by UWPD police officers since some may involve limiting or restricting someone’s freedom of movement.
No Arrests found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.
Use of Force
Use of force may be necessary depending on the situation. All use of force incidents are reviewed to ensure policy compliance, improve training and promote a culture of accountability at UWPD. All incidents above compliant handcuffing receive additional review by a state-certified use of force instructor.
No Use of Force found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.
Members of the public as well as UWPD employees submit complaints. Our online submission form for complaints provides members of the public with the option of submitting complaints anonymously. We investigate all submitted complaints. The data in this section includes public complaints and internal complaints, which include administrative infractions (i.e. tardy for work, abuse of sick time, or work rule violations) involving UWPD police officers.
No Complaints found for this time period. Please use the date filters to select a different time period.

Equity in Practice

UWPD is committed to fostering the conditions needed to achieve and maintain equity. This means
regularly evaluating our policies and training with a focus on achieving equitable outcomes. It also means actively seeking out
opportunities to collaborate with campus and community partners to enhance safety.


Policies represent a set of expectations for which UWPD officers are accountable across a range of things they do — including managing emergencies, writing reports, and interacting with community members.


Training is an important part of making sure new and continuing UWPD officers are fully prepared to interact with the public in ways that yield the safest and most productive outcomes possible.

Restorative Justice

UWPD is one of the most active participants in the Dane County Community Restorative Court (CRC) program.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UWPD hired its first Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion in 2019 to ensure DEI principles are a part of everything we do as a department.

Triple Accreditation

UWPD is the only agency in the State of Wisconsin to be triply accredited. To maintain accreditation, UWPD submits to a regular review process conducted by an independent third party.

Mental Health Response

We recognize mental health as a serious issue for our society and community. Through training and collaboration with campus partners, we are committed to addressing this issue thoughtfully.

Get in Touch

If you have questions or feedback, we want to hear from you.

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