Washburn University announced today that Captain Chris Enos has been named the director of the Washburn University Police Department. Enos has been interim director since the retirement of Dean Forster last year.
“We are very fortunate to have such a capable officer and leader to head our department,” said Jim Martin, vice president of administration and treasurer at Washburn. “He has proven himself a strong leader as well as an outstanding investigator. Our police department and the safety of our campus are in good hands with Chris.”
Martin noted that a campus environment offers some unique challenges but that Enos is well-equipped to handle them.
“Working with students can be very rewarding but it also includes issues that most police officers don’t face,” Martin said. “Our officers have to enforce the law, but they are also guiding young people – many of whom are away from home for the first time and may need some extra guidance to stay safe.”
He also noted that Enos is one of the individuals who will be taking the lead to help the university adjust as state law changes this summer to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus.
“We want everyone to know that we have an extremely safe campus thanks to Enos and his fellow officers and that you don’t have to carry your own firearm,” Martin said. “At the same time, our police department will help to make sure that everyone understands the new rules so that everyone can stay safe.”
Enos worked at the Emporia State University Police Department for five years before starting as a sergeant with WUPD in August 2005. In October 2013, Enos was promoted to captain and assumed duties as the lead investigator for the department. During 2014, Enos graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed his degree in criminal justice at Washburn last December.
The Washburn University Police Department is a sworn police department with full police powers with 19 full and 7 part-time officers as well as 4 communications specialists and 12 cadets watching over the 160-acre Washburn University campus as well as the Washburn Tech campus on Huntoon Street. The department also operates an extensive system of surveillance cameras to help monitor the grounds and quickly dispatch officers as needed. The Washburn University Police Department also regularly assists the Topeka Police Department in handling incidents near the Washburn campus through an interagency agreement.