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Dave Goodwin


About Me

I am a Captain with WUPD. I serve as the Commander of the Patrol Division. 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 since 1993. I am a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff School (Common Core) and a Graduate of the National Command and Staff School. I spent 34 years in the US Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2020. I am a decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am a published author and have written two books about the history and hauntings at military bases around the country. My wife Lisa 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 are you looking forward to the most for the 2023-2024 school year?

Unique opportunities to positively engage with student clubs and organizations.

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Where You’re Likely to See Me:

All over campus.