About VUPD

The Valparaiso University Police Department is a professional full-service police department that is committed to providing campus with the best law enforcement services and protection possible. The department actively builds a positive relationship with the campus community, and it continuously prepares for all hazard emergencies, with a heavy concentration on active threats.

VUPD services are provided 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The department has Patrol, Investigative and Safety Units, as well as a 911 Dispatch Center. The police officers are all certified by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy or Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

The two leaders of the department, Chief of Police Becky Walkowiak and Asst. Chief of Police Chuck Garber, are experienced campus police officers. They are committed to community, fair and impartial and proactive policing, along with emergency tactical response readiness. The police officers conduct safety and awareness training for students, faculty and staff. The department also maintains a close working relationship and radio communication with local police and fire departments, as well as great relationships with federal law enforcement agencies.

VUPD is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run member for Special Olympics Indiana. In this role, they direct the annual Polar Plunge, which raised over $49,000 in 2018.