Police Department


The UNCW Police Department's organizational structure includes three divisions (Office of the Chief, Operations, Support), sections/units, and shifts/squads. Each division is assigned specific responsibilities associated with achieving the department's goals and objectives.

Major Chris BertramOffice of the Chief

The Office of the Chief is managed by the Chief of Police and consists of the Assistant Chief, the Professional Standards Unit, and the Budget & Planning Unit. The Office of the Chief is responsible for the overall management of the police department.

The Chief of Police provides direction and assigns priorities to departmental initiatives and responsibilities. Various functions associated with business, personnel, and governance are accomplished through this position. The Chief is also responsible for preparing, and managing the department's annual budget and serving as the hiring manager for the department. Assistant Chief Chris Bertram is serving as the Interim Chief of Police.

With executive oversight of the Operations and Support Divisions, the Assistant Chief of Police is responsible for the overall day-to-day operational functions of the department, aligning resources to maintain service levels and achieve stated goals. Chris Bertram may be contacted at 910.962.3136 and bertramc@uncw.edu.


Operations DDeaconivision

The Operations Division is the largest and most visible component of the UNCW Police Department. This division operates 24 hours a day, each day of the week patrolling university property in vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot. Staff resources include sworn and non-sworn personnel according to a traditional rank structure. The Operations Division is the primary provider of police services to the community and is considered to be the backbone of the UPD. They provide a broad range of support to the campus community and remain accessible to members of the community.

In addition to providing support to the University's sworn police officers, Security Guards are responsible for conducting high visibility foot patrols of buildings and grounds; controlling access to certain areas; locking and unlocking facilities; and responding to calls for service, among other duties. The Operations Commander also oversees employee recruiting.

Captain Cynthia Deacon is commander of this division. She may be contacted at 910.962.2413 and deaconc@uncw.edu.

Support DivisionDeacon

The Support Services Division is comprised of Communications, Investigations, Training, Accreditation, Records and Archives, and Crime Analysis.

Police Telecommunicators staff the Communications Center in police headquarters on Lionfish Drive. In addition to receiving incoming telephone calls, monitoring classroom intercoms, and Emergency Callbox activations, these professionals utilize federal, state, and local criminal justice and university databases that support policing and security functions among their many responsibilities.

Investigators conduct follow-up investigations of reported crimes and provide insight into matters of crime prevention, substance abuse, sexual assault, and other areas of concern to the community. Investigators are on duty during business hours and on-call 24 hours a day.

The division also manages the department's technology and communications equipment, reporting processes & compliance, software systems, and workflow. This division ensures communication equipment, technology resources, and systems in the Communications Center remain operational, are tested, and that recovery and continuity of operations procedures are current and available for 24-hour access and implementation. 

Captain Todd Curry is commander of this division. He may be contacted at 910.962.3185 and curryt@uncw.edu.