Campus Safety & Security is a non-commissioned department, and works as security liaisons with local emergency responders, including the Tacoma Fire Department, Tacoma Police Department and Pierce County Emergency Management.
UW Tacoma Campus Safety & Security Department staff are not law enforcement. We work in partnership with City of Tacoma Police Department for emergencies that require law enforcement response. City of Tacoma Police officers spend time getting to know our people and our campus. City of Tacoma Police Department will quickly respond to violent crimes and other incidents beyond the capabilities of the Campus Security staff.
We safeguard the dignity and rights of all individuals.
We maintain an environment of trust with each other and the people we serve.
We work with all segments of our community through effective communication and collaboration.
We strive to maintain the highest standards of conduct and training.
We accept individual responsibility for our actions.
Director of Campus Safety & Security
Susan B. Wagshul-Golden has been serving as the Director of Campus Safety & Security at the University of Washington Tacoma since July 1, 2007. She has 30 years of public safety experience in urban college environments; previously she was a Campus Police Lieutenant at Hunter College in Manhattan, the largest college in the City University of New York system. She received a letter of commendation for her service as Campus Police Lieutenant at Borough Manhattan Community College during the World Trade Center Disaster on September 11, 2001.
Throughout her career, she has worn multiple hats beyond the scope of her role. She has been busy community fund-raising for our students experiencing food insecurity, provides leadership as the higher education representative to figure out multiple ways to navigate issues ranging from active threats, crisis management, and working to advocate for community safety. She has helped our community partners during COVID 19 pandemic as our higher education representative with Pierce County Emergency Management guiding K-12 feeding and childcare efforts, and assisted with planning and identifying mitigation strategies for long term food distribution to our most vulnerable communities.
Wagshul-Golden earned her Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Paralegal Studies from LaGuardia Community College, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice , and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML) in Business from Western Governors University. She is a recipient of UW Tacoma Distinguished Service award in 2020. She provides leadership on tri-campus committees, regional coordinating council, and serves on the Homeland Security Emergency Management Advisory Board for Pierce College Emergency Management degree and certificate program. She is passionate advocate for equity and social justice.