We are proud to be a part of a dynamic university in a growing region. Although we have been providing law enforcement and public safety services to the university community for over thirty years, many individuals are not aware of who we are and the role we play in supporting the University’s mission.
The Western Carolina University Police Department (WCUPD) is comprised of professional commissioned police officers and support staff. WCUPD officers receive the same initial level of training as municipal and county law enforcement officers. Officers are required to complete over 700 hours of training at a regional police academy and pass a statewide examination to become certified as a police officer in the state of North Carolina. Additionally, our officers exceed the continuing education and training requirements of the state. WCUPD police officers are certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice.
WCUPD officers are authorized to carry firearms, enforce laws, and make arrests on University property and adjacent roadways. Through our Mutual Aid Agreements, WCUPD works closely with the Sylva Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol to enhance the safety and protection of members of the university community and the surrounding area. The Department works closely with the Department of Student Community Ethics and the Residential Living Department in enforcing the Student Code of Conduct.
The WCU Police Department is a full-service agency that is available 24 hours a day, throughout the year. The Department works towards building partnerships with the university community to provide a safe environment to achieve our academic mission. The Police Department may be contacted at 828.227.7301 (non-emergency) or 828.227.8911 (emergency) for information or requests for services. Additionally, during emergencies, individuals may dial 9-1-1 from their cellular telephones and report an emergency to the Jackson County Communications Center who in turn will relay the information to the WCU Emergency Services Communication Center.
We are concerned with the quality delivery of customer-oriented services. While we realize that not everyone may agree with the laws and rules that we are ethically obligated to enforce, we do invite constructive suggestions that help us improve the delivery of services.