Police Department

Message from the Chief

David Donaldson

Dear Seahawk Community:

Welcome to the University Police Department’s website! I encourage you to explore the resources we have collected here, in our effort to partner with our students and employees in keeping the UNCW community safe.

Our department is chiefly responsible for providing police and security services to the university community, to solve problems, and prevent criminal activity. However, this amounts to much more than “traditional” policing like patrols and emergency response. We are committed to engaging with you, our students and employees, via programs meant to inform, train, and empower you to play a role in your safety and well-being. These services include programs such as Operation I.D. Drug & Alcohol Awareness, and RAD (self-defense for women and men) that provide information and techniques that, if properly applied, can significantly reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime; active attacker trainings, which are available the second Wednesday of each month or by request; a Medicine Drop Box for safe and secure disposal of your unwanted, unused, and expired prescription and over the counter medications.; Coffee with a Cop – an invitation for the Seahawk community to enjoy coffee and conversation with UNCW Police Officers in a casual setting; and PAC'N and Bike Patrol, designed to provide additional opportunities for personnel of the police department to interact with members of the community.

The University Police Department operates 24 hours a day each day of the year and is the point of origin for all emergency services, as well as a variety of university services after normal business hours. My commitment to you is to provide a professional, accessible police department staffed and equipped to serve and protect this community. In return, I ask that you consider what you can do to protect yourself and your property. If it has been a while since you reviewed basic safety tips, you can do so here [link to page of tips]. My team and I are also available to answer questions, beyond the basics, from students, employees, parents, and members of the Wilmington community.

For more information, contact the University Police Department at (910) 962-2222,
or email me directly donaldsond@uncw.edu.