Dear Ask a Cop,
Q: What function does the UW-Parkside police department serve?
A: The University of Wisconsin Parkside Police Department serves the campus community of students, faculty and staff as well as visitors who attend our foreign film series, mini courses and other events.
The department is a full service police department made up of eight full-time police officers, five part-time police officers, three full-time dispatchers, and multiple student community service officers (CSOs), who also fill in as dispatchers and assist at special events. The department is located on the east side of Tallent Hall, which is directly east of the main complex off of 30th Avenue. Police officers patrol the 700-acre campus by squad, foot, bicycle, and ATV. In keeping with the campus green initiative, the department wrote and received a grant for an electric GEM vehicle.
The police department started a Safewalk program that operates during the evening hours of the academic year from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Those who have late classes and stay late to study, or are here for any reason and are not comfortable walking to their car or dorm room alone can use this service. The university also has 30 emergency blue phones that are directly connected to the university police department and are located throughout the campus grounds. Jump starts, vehicle entry, gas, and air for a flat tire are among some of the many services the department provides free of charge.
The department participates in multiple events throughout the year in the community. You may have seen university police officers in Somers, Mount Pleasant, Racine, and Kenosha 4th of July parades or the various Special Olympic Events held in Kenosha throughout the year. The team at the UW-P police department is happy to serve our campus community as well as our visiting community whenever you need us.