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Dave Goodwin

Captain- Bureau Commander (Interim Chief of Police)

About Me

I am a Captain with WUPD. I oversee the day-to-day patrol operations of the department. I have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University (NMU) and have worked in the law enforcement and campus security field for over 28 years. I enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard in 1986. I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1992 after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at NMU and currently hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I am a decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I currently serve as an instructor for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. I am a published author and have written two books about the history and hauntings at military bases around the country. My wife Lisa, our daughter, and I currently live in Florissant, Missouri.

How did you decide on your career?

I am a member of Generation X. I grew up watching Adam 12, Emergency and Hill Street Blues. I was drawn to the profession’s courage, dedication and selfless service. Testing in high school and an interview with my career counselor just confirmed what I already knew deep in my heart.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Creative Writing. It allowed me to bring my inner most imagination to life.

What is your favorite thing about WashU?

All of the different types of people. WashU is a melting pot of different cultures and ideas. You learn something new every day.

What police service would you want everyone to know about?

Bear Patrol and the security escorts they provide.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I am an Eagle Scout.

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Where You’re Likely to See Me:

All over campus.