Limited campus law enforcement authority is granted to LWIT Safety and Security by the Board of Trustees of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and the Washington Administrative Codes. As such, Campus Security Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Under WAC 495D-116-170, LWIT Security Officers have the authority to issue Campus traffic and parking citations which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and staff, or to the private residences of those persons not affiliated with the school. Campus Security Officers do not have arrest powers; all criminal incidents are referred to local Police (Kirkland Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and the King County Sheriff's Department) who have jurisdiction on or adjacent to the Kirkland and Redmond Campuses, respectively. While the College has no written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU's) with the Kirkland, Redmond, or the King County Sheriff's Office, LWIT Security maintains a highly professional working relationship with these Agencies. Crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report criminal activity to the appropriate Police Departments and LWIT Campus Safety and Security. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices of Campus crime and assist in full disclosure of crime statistics.
Law enforcement arrests and incidents involving LWIT students and employees are forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services so the best interests of the community can be served. On-going training is afforded Campus Security as well as contracted Officers. LWIT Security considers personal and property safety a priority; incident reports and safety concerns are reviewed and acted on accordingly. Criminal incident reports generated by Campus Security will be referred to Kirkland Police Department for criminal law considerations. Serial numbers of stolen property are recorded by Campus Security and passed through local law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Students and employees are required to comply with directives of Campus Security and Police Officers and any other College Officials; students are required to present valid ID when requested. Campus Security enforces College policy, rules, and regulations as well as local, state, and federal laws, and reports criminal violations to local authorities. To report criminal or medical emergencies, call 911 (on campus 9-911); for other important campus incidents, call LWIT Campus Security at 425-739-8224 or 8611. Try to remain calm when calling in an emergency; when asked, calmly state your name, the nature of your emergency (criminal or medical), and the location of the emergency when prompted by 911 Operators.