The University of Wisconsin–Madison Police Department provides many services in additional to a traditional police department.
UWPD assists at UW Athletic sporting events, we recognize the importance of community officers, we provide lake rescue and safety services to our community using Lake Mendota, we constantly prepare for emergencies within our Emergency Management Unit, and so much more.
Explore and learn more about all of our services below.
Field Services is the largest unit within UWPD and is composed of Police Patrol Operations, Security Operations, Community Policing, Records, Communications Center, and Special Event Planning.
Lake Rescue and Safety
UWPD Lake Rescue & Safety provides a vital lake rescue service for UW-Madison students who frequent the waters of Lake Mendota.
Investigative Services personnel — our detectives — work alongside UWPD officers to help solve crimes on campus. Each UWPD detective has specific specialties, including sexual assaults, financial crimes, computer crimes, and property crimes.
Access, Video, & Infrastructure Security
The Access, Video, & Infrastructure Security Unit leads manages the campus' access control and camera systems. The unit also provides security assessments, oversees the master key policy and stand-alone locking systems, and provides input into security features in new construction and major renovations on campus.
UWPD’s Emergency Management Unit plays a critical role in making sure our campus is well prepared and ready to quickly and effectively respond to emergency situations on campus.
UWPD recognizes the value of community policing in a campus setting and to that end, five police officers are currently assigned geographical areas of responsibility for community interaction, crime prevention, and problem-solving.