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Mission Statement

The UW Oshkosh Police Department is dedicated to developing partnerships with the community we serve in order to support and enhance the mission of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  As a team, we commit to preserving a learning environment that supports inclusivity, excellence, and quality of life for all members and visitors to the University community. We will accomplish our mission through community relationships, problem solving, and data-driven policing.  

Fair and Impartial Policing

UW Oshkosh police officers shall not consider race, color, ethnicity, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, or religion in carrying out law enforcement activities except when locally relevant information links a person or people of certain characteristics/status, as listed above, to a specific unlawful incident, or to specific unlawful incidents, criminal patterns, or schemes.

Bias based profiling by our police members is prohibited and is defined as the following:  police initiated action that relies upon common traits associated with belonging to certain groups; such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political affiliation, cultural group or any other identifiable characteristic of an individual rather than the behavior of the individual, or information that leads police to a particular individual who has been identified as being engaged in or having been engaged in criminal activity.  Police Officers may use common traits as listed above in selecting whom to stop, when a person matches the specific description of an individual who is suspected in being involved in criminal activity.

Chris Tarmann, Acting Chief of Police

June 2020 – Resolution on Police Actions


The UW Oshkosh Police Department’s highly trained, educated and professional state police officers patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our police officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycle and in marked and unmarked police vehicles. Sergeants, Officers and Community Service Officers are assigned a geographic area to which they are responsible for building relationships with community members, identifying trends, developing proactive policing strategies and responding to the needs within their areas.

Duties of the police officers include responding to calls for service, patrolling campus, completing building and property checks, conducting criminal investigations, assisting local law enforcement, presenting safety information to our campus community and attending events held on campus. Officers enforce all State of Wisconsin laws and administrative rules of the University of Wisconsin System.

Through a partnership with the Department of Residence Life, the UW Oshkosh Police Department operates the Community Service Officer (CSO) program, which trains student employees who assist in maintaining campus safety. The CSOs work in a variety of different roles to include; patrol, security stations at residence halls, driving for UWO Go, event security and much more.

Public Procedures

Code of Conduct – Core Values

Use of Force