Message from the Chief

Thomas J. Mackel
Chief of Police
tmackel@westga.edu

The University of West Georgia Police Department (UWGPD) is committed to providing the University of West Georgia with a safe environment conducive to the goals of education and research. Although reported crime at West Georgia is relatively low, it is important for students to remember that we are not immune from criminal activity. Therefore, we share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. In partnership with the community, we work to prevent crime and solve problems that affect students, faculty, and staff. The safety and security of the University of West Georgia is the combined responsibility of the entire University community.

To maintain an effective working relationship with the community and to respond to its needs, the University Police Department is organized into three eight hour shifts that work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 day a year. Officers conduct visible patrols, respond to reports of crimes, address problems, and provide information and resources to the community. This information - which includes many practices, procedures, and safety tips for keeping safe at West Georgia, are delivered in several ways. It is published in our Crime Statistics and Crime Logs, which appears on this website. This information is also discussed in safety talks that are conducted by police officers at student orientations, new employee orientations, and other gatherings. Community members interested in arranging safety talks should contact the Office of Professional Standards & Training for scheduling.

I encourage all students, faculty, staff and visitors to be aware of the resources offered from the department and innovative equipment being utilized daily. Our officers are committed to initiating and maintaining close ties with the community. Feel free to stop by our office at Row Hall to ask any questions about security issues that are important to you. Also, by taking the time to familiarize yourself with our resources and by using the information provided on this website, you will be helping us to help you in the pursuit of a safe campus. Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions.