Washburn University has named a permanent captain for its police force. Matthew Simpson has been appointed to the post after serving on an interim basis since May when former Captain Chris Enos was named the chief of the department.
“Matt has proven himself a very able police officer and a good leader,” said Enos, “and he has earned this key position in our department.”
As captain, Simpson is responsible for front line supervision of the department’s 26 full and part-time officers who watch over the 160-acre campus and assist in patrolling the surrounding area. In addition to protecting the Washburn University campus, the department has a mutual aid agreement with the Topeka Police Department and often responds to assist TPD officers or even respond when TPD officers aren’t readily available.
Simpson joined the Washburn University Police Department in 2015 after serving for four years as a division lieutenant and lead investigator with the Potawatomi Tribal Police in Mayetta, Kan. Prior to that, he had been chief of police for the USD 437 Police providing security and patrolling school buildings, grounds and parking areas.
A Kansas native, Simpson graduated from the Kansas Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 2014, earned his Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Washburn University in 2011 and a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in criminal justice from Fort Hays State University in 2014. He graduated as a certified public manager from the University of Kansas in 2016.
In addition to his 13 years in community-oriented law enforcement, Simpson has completed more than 700 hours of leadership and criminal investigation training and holds multiple law enforcement instructor certifications.