Crime Communications - UWPDWeb
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Madison, WI 53711
As a part of the Cleary Act, the UW Police Department works to ensure clear communication of crimes that happen on and near campus. UWPD utilizes three main methods of communication in order to enhance outreach to the community. These include:
- Wisc Alerts: WiscAlerts are emergency notification messages sent to the entire university, for an imminent threat and ongoing emergency situation. Students, faculty, and staff will automatically receive these via email, but you MUST register in order to receive WiscAlert via text message to your phone. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for text alerts here.
- Timely Warnings: You’ll receive Timely Warnings via email – and the information provided is required by federal law. We try to provide as much information as possible about the incident and the suspect, without jeopardizing the police investigation or a victim’s privacy. In most cases, Timely Warnings are issued regarding cases that are being investigated by the UW-Madison Police Department – but sometimes they involve City of Madison cases, which have occurred on public property within the core of UW community.
- Crime Alerts: When a crime occurs that doesn’t meet the Timely Warning threshold, and there’s valuable information or an important safety message, the UW-Madison Police Department will issue a “Crime Alert.” These are not federally mandated – rather, these are simply alerts to keep our community informed about important safety information related to certain crimes that have occurred on or near our campus. Crime Alerts are distributed through Facebook and Twitter, and can also be viewed on UWPD’s website. At times, depending on the severity and circumstances of the crime, you may receive a Crime Alert via email as well.