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UW Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Are you the real police?

How do I get a job with the police department?

How do I sign up for UW Alert?

What are some of my resources if I have been a victim of a crime?

Crime Reporting

Can I report a crime anonymously?

How do I report a sexual assault or similar crimes?

Lost and Found

I think I lost something on campus. What do I do?

When is the next Lost and Found Auction?

How do I protect my laptop or other mobile devices? 

Fingerprints & VIN Inspections

When can I get fingerprints and VIN inspections done?

Do you provide fingerprint cards?

Do I have to make an appointment to get fingerprints done?

Bicycle Questions

How do I register my bicycle?

Do I have to register my bicycle?

Where can I ride my bicycle on campus?

Weapons

Does the UW Police Department store weapons for students?

Can I carry a Taser, pepper spray, or a knife on campus to protect myself?

Records

How do I obtain a copy of my police report?

UWPD seems to make a lot of arrests and write a lot tickets for alcohol issues. Why is that?

Parking and Vehicle Questions

Where can I pay my traffic citation?

Where can I pay my parking citation?

What do I do if I get in a car accident?

What motorized transportation options can I personally use on campus? 

Where can I park on campus?

 




 

Answers 



Q: Are you the real police?

Yes. The UW Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency. Officers are duly sworn, and have full authority on all University and State-owned property, as well as the City of Laramie and County of Albany.

 

Q: How do I get a job with the police department?

The UW Police Department routinely hires for many positions, including student and non-student hourly as well as sworn and non-sworn positions. Openings are announced on the HR hiring website

 

Q: How do I sign up for UW Alert?

You can sign up for UW Alert here.

 

Q: What are some of my resources if I have been a victim of a crime?

UWPD encourages anyone who has been a victim of a crime or is seeking assistance to contact us at 766-5179.  We are always available to assist. 

Depending on the nature of the crime and the venue in which it is being investigated or prosecuted, there are many different resources available to members of the community.  There are components within UW and Laramie that can provide resources to victims of a crime and their contact information is listed below.   

Albany County Crime Victim Witness 721-1845

Dean of Students 766-3296 

STOP Violence 766-3434

SAFE Project 745-3556

University Counseling Center 766-2187

 

Q: Can I report a crime anonymously?

Yes, the UW Police Department has two options for individuals to submit anonymous tips.  The first is via text message using Tip411/Citizen Observer.  You can submit an anonymous text message by texting UWYO and your message to 847411 (Tips411).  The other method is using our Silent Witness form using your Internet browser.  Both methods are anonymous.  However if you have an emergency please dial 911 or call the UW Police Department at (307) 766-5179.  

 

Q: How do I report a sexual assault or similar crimes?

The UW Police Department recognizes that there are several different factors that influence the reporting of these types of incidents. We encourage all members of our community to report crimes immediately by calling 911 or the non-emergency number at (307) 766-5179, but you can always report confidentially and we will assist you by explaining the process, so you can evaluate your options.

You can also contact the UW STOP Violence Program to access other resources or if you need assistance in coming forward. Additionally, the Albany County Safe Project are always available to assist.

 

Q: I think I lost something on campus. What do I do?

All lost and found items on campus are turned into UWPD where they are stored and cataloged until the next auction. You can report your lost items to UWPD via this page or in person. In the event that your reported item is turned in to UWPD, we will contact you via the contact information given in the report.

 

Q: When is the next Lost and Found Auction?

Our annual property auction is usually held in the first week in September.  Please check our website or Facebook page to updates on our next auction date. 

 

Q: How do I protect my laptop or other mobile devices? 

Always take steps to ensure you never leave your property unattended.  Routinely back up your important data and record your device serial number in a separate location.  For further information UW Information Technology has created a website for tips on protecting your laptop and other mobile devices. 

 

Q: When can I get fingerprints & VIN inspections done?

Currently fingerprint and VIN inspection hours are Tuesday and Wednesdays between 11:30am to 12:30pm and 4:30pm to 5:30pm.  Fingerprints cost $5 per card either with cash or a check. VIN inspections cost $10 either with a cash or check.   

 

Q: Do you provide fingerprint cards? 

No, the entity requiring the fingerprints should supply a fingerprint card to you.

 

Q: Do I have to make an appointment to get fingerprints done?

No, come anytime during our fingerprint hours. 

 

Q: How do I register my bicycle?

Bicycles needing to be registered must be brought to the police department (1426 E Flint St).  There is a one-time $5 fee (check or cash only) to register bikes.  Our staff will gather your contact information and all unique information from the bike.  Your bike is then given a registration sticker and all information is entered into our secure database. 

 

Q: Do I have to register my bicycle?

Yes, all bikes ridden or parked on campus must be registered with the UW Police Department per University Regulations and City Ordinances.  However the most pertinent reason is theft recovery.  When you register your bike the information gathered can be entered into a national database where pawn shops and other law enforcement agencies have access. 

 

Q: Where can I ride my bicycle on campus?

Bicycles can be ridden on all campus property.  Bicyclists are reminded to obey all dismount zones located primarily on Prexy’s Pasture and by the Residence Halls.  A full map of bike paths and dismount zones can be found here

 

Q: Does the UW Police Department store weapons for students?

Yes, the UW Police Department stores weapons for students that currently live on campus.  Students may store 3 weapons plus 1 bow.  A valid WyoOne ID and the weapon itself are needed to check in.  Currently the UW Police Department cannot store gun cases or ammunition.  Weapons can be picked up anytime at our location. 

 

Q: Can I carry a Taser, pepper spray, or a knife on campus to protect myself?

UW regulations state students/staff/faculty can carry pepper spray under 1oz and a knife with a blade under 3 inches.  Tasers, firearms, or other items are prohibited from being carried on campus. 

 

Q: How do I obtain a copy of my police report?

You must fill out a records request form which can be found here or fill one out in person at our location.  The cost is $0.25 per page for reports picked up in person.  For reports sent by mail $2.00 plus a self-addressed envelope and the request form must be sent to our department.  Per Wyoming State Statute records can only be released once all court proceedings have been finalized.  All report requests are subjected to review by the UW Legal department and can take 7-10 business days for release. 

 

Q: UWPD seems to make a lot of arrests and write a lot tickets for alcohol issues. Why is that?

86.3% of Wyoming residents surveyed listed alcohol use by youth under the age of 21 as a serious or somewhat serious problem.

94.6% of Wyoming residents surveyed believe "Local Law Enforcement should strongly enforce laws regulating alcohol use by youth under the age of 21." 

93.9% of Wyoming residents surveyed believe "Adults who supply alcohol to youth under the age of 21 should be prosecuted."

71% of Wyoming residents surveyed believe that binge drinking on college campuses is a serious or somewhat serious problem.

86.8% of Wyoming residents surveyed believe that drinking and driving is a serious or somewhat serious problem.

Source: Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, "Wyoming Alcohol Issues Survey", 2006

Alcohol was a contributing factor in 85.58% of all arrests in Albany County from 2009-2010 

Alcohol was a factor in 85.51% of all arrests by UWPD in 2009-2010 

Source: Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, "Alcohol and Crime in Wyoming", 2010

Click HERE to learn more about the effects of underage drinking in Wyoming

  

Q: Where can I pay my traffic citation?

For citations issued out of the Laramie Municipal Court payments can be made in person at the Municipal Courthouse or online.  For citations issued out of the Albany County Circuit Court payments can be made at the Albany County Courthouse at the Circuit Court desk.   

 

Q: Where can I pay my parking citation?

For UW parking citations payments can be made with the Transit and Parking department.  For parking citations out of Municipal Court payments can be made at the Municipal Courthouse or online

 

Q: What do I do if I get in a car accident?

Wyoming state law requires that ALL motor vehicle accidents (including those involving bicycles) be reported immediately to the proper law enforcement authorities.   Please call the UW Police Department at (307) 766-5179 immediately to report a vehicle accident.

 

Q: What motorized transportation options can I personally use on campus? 

Any personal transportation device with a motor is not allowed to be ridden on campus.  This includes motorized scooters, Segways, and Hoverboards. 

 

Q: Where can I park on campus?

Transit and Parking Services is a separate department from the UW Police Department.  For all parking questions please call Parking Services at (307) 766-9800 or refer to their website

  

 

 

 


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