The SWOSU Campus Police is the law enforcement division of Southwestern Oklahoma State University was authorized by State Statute, Title 74, SS 360.17, in 1963 which gave the Board of Regents authority to appoint peace officers.
The SWOSU Campus Police provide the same services one would expect from any city, county or state law enforcement agency, and is responsible for enforcement of all state laws as well as rules and regulations of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. SWOSU Campus Police have the legal authority to make arrests, issue traffic citations, conduct criminal investigations, serve warrants, and issue summons for parking violations.
The SWOSU Campus Police provide a sensitive, meaningful, measured approach to situations which require police assistance, while at the same time maintaining the autonomy of the University.
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford campus consists of more than 73 acres, 41 permanent buildings; all of which are protected by the SWOSU Campus Police. The department consists of both commissioned police officers and reserve officers along with a police dispatcher/Administrative Assistant and Cadets. The SWOSU Campus Police Department has the responsibility for the protection of persons and property of approximately 5,000 students, 300 faculty and staff members, and many visitors that frequent the campus each year.
SWOSU Campus Police have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a University student, the campus police may also refer the individual to the disciplinary division of Student Affairs.
Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are reported to the local police and joint investigative efforts with investigators from SWOSU, the city police, and OSBI are deployed to solve these serious felony crimes. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at either Municipal, or Custer County.
SWOSU Campus Police personnel work closely with local, county, state, and federal police agencies and have direct radio communication with the Weatherford Police Department on the city police radio network. The SWOSU Campus Police Department is also a part of the Custer County 911 Emergency System.
By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the SWOSU Campus Police Department is connected to SIN (Statewide Intelligence Network). Through this system police personnel can access the national Crime Information Computer system. This computer database is used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.
Through coordination with local law enforcement agencies, any criminal activity engaged in by students at off-campus locations of student organizations, is monitored and recorded. This information is provided to the Dean of Students for any action or follow-up that may be required.