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Campus Safety

For parents, the safety of their UW student is a matter of deep concern. The University of Wyoming believes safety is paramount to your student's education.

Some Facts about the UW Police Department

  • The University of Wyoming Police Department (UWPD) is the principal law enforcement agency serving the UW community. The department operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year and provides the full range of law enforcement services expected in any Wyoming community.
  • The department is staffed by 14 sworn officers, five certified dispatchers, and four security guards. 
  • All officers and dispatchers are selected and trained according to standards established by the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. They must maintain certification by earning continuing education credits throughout their careers.
  • The department also serves as the central repository for lost and found property on campus; provides escorts for faculty, staff, and students working on campus at night; performs VIN inspections and firearm storage services; takes fingerprints; and provides a general information center for the campus.
  • The department presents educational programs upon request on public safety topics.
  • The UWPD Dispatch Center, located at 1426 E. Flint Street, is open and accessible to the public 24 hours a day.
  • The UWPD can be contacted via 911 from any campus phone or through one of the many emergency call boxes located on campus. 
  • The department also maintains a chronological log of all calls for service the department receives. 

Some Facts about the Public Safety of the UW-Laramie Campus

  • Violent crime at UW is relatively rare, but it can happen.
  • In most cases of violent crime at UW, the victim and assailant know one another, and alcohol is frequently a contributing factor.
  • Property crime is typically simple theft, and it is the most common type of crime encountered by students on campus.
  • In most cases, theft is opportunistic. The thief takes advantage of an opportunity created by a careless victim. Simple precautions such as never leaving valuable property unattended, always locking rooms and vehicles, and locking bicycles can go a long way in reducing the risk of becoming a crime victim.

More information can be found on the UWPD's website at This website also contains access to the university's annual security report at


The UW Police Department believes public safety at UW is a collaborative effort, and encourages questions, comments, and feedback. Please feel free to contact UWPD at (307) 766-5179 or visit

UW Police on campus.

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