Police Protection and Department Information
The Evergreen State College Police Department (Evergreen PD) is responsible for providing police and security services for the Olympia Campus pursuant to RCW 28B.10.550. Evergreen PD is located at 2731 McCann Plaza NW, Seminar I Room 2150 Olympia, WA 98505.
Evergreen provides full-service police protection to the campus community through its Department of Police Services, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department employs eight police officers, fully commissioned by the state of Washington, that have the same arrest and investigative authority as other law enforcement officers in the state. All of the officers are graduates of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Academy or equivalent. Officers are certified as police officers and are trained in all phases of law enforcement, including the use of firearms. Officers carry standard issue or approved firearms at all times and must maintain firearms proficiency through quarterly training, qualification and certification at a local firing range.
The department has the primary responsibility for law enforcement on the Evergreen campus and works closely with all other law enforcement agencies. Evergreen PD has a written agreement with the Thurston County Sheriff's Department, Washington State Patrol, Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater Police Departments that further defines our cooperative policing strategies.
A similar written agreement has been made with all of the Washington four-year public higher education institutions. In some cases individuals will be properly referred to the law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction based on the location of the incident. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day with an emphasis placed on crime prevention and education.
In addition to the officers, the department includes Emergency Communications Officers, Parking Services and CrimeWatch patrol. CrimeWatch is staffed by students who work as Public Safety Assistants and provide escorts and unlocks among other duties. These students are responsible for providing additional “eyes and ears” for the Department.
Evergreen Police Department is headed by a Chief who reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Evergreen Police Department officers cover the Evergreen Campus by foot, bicycle, segways and vehicle patrols. Evergreen Police Department is located in Seminar 1 building, room 2150.
- Washington Mutual Aid Peace Officers Powers Act
- The Evergreen State College's Police Services
- Establishment of a Commissioned Campus Police Force (Resolution No. 92-5)
Working Relationships with Other Law Enforcement Agencies
Evergreen Police Department maintains a close working relationship with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO).
Meetings are held between command staff of these agencies on both a formal and informal basis. The officers of Evergreen Police Department and TCSO communicate regularly on the scene of incidents that occur in and around the campus area. Evergreen Police work closely with the investigative staff at TCSO when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime related reports and exchanges of information, as deemed necessary.
All campus police officers are required to complete 24 hours of training annually as well as weapons qualifications and training quarterly. Training subjects include criminal law, civil law, public relations, race relations, interpersonal communication, crisis intervention, critical incident response and all facets of protection of persons and property. Training includes guest lecturers from the TCSO and other outside agencies, such as the FBI and the Secret Service. Training is also conducted during daily roll call sessions. This training usually includes updates on existing problems, new court decisions impacting the College environment, and other timely topics. In addition, all Evergreen PD police personnel are certified in standard first aid and CPR.
All Evergreen PD incident reports are forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs for review and referral to the Campus Grievance Officer for potential action, as appropriate. Evergreen PD will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation will also be forwarded to the Campus Grievance Officer. If assistance is required from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office or the McLane Fire Department, Evergreen PD will contact the appropriate unit.
If a sexual assault or rape should occur, staff on the scene, including Evergreen PD, will offer the victim a wide variety of services. Evergreen also has a Sexual Assault Response Team that has trained members who are on-call and available to assist a victim of sexual assault 24 hours a day.
This publication contains information about on and off campus resources and is made available to all Evergreen community members. The information about “resources” is not provided to infer that those resources are “crime reporting entities” for Evergreen. Crimes should be reported to the Evergreen Police Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community when appropriate. For example, a crime that was reported only to the Olympia Crisis Clinic would not be included in the Evergreen crime statistics. Evergreen PD sends a request each year to the Coordinator of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention that encourages the counselors to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics, when they deem it appropriate.