Capt. Karen Soley joined the UW-Madison Police Department in 1993 as a patrol officer.  In 1999 she was promoted to patrol sergeant and in 2002 she was promoted to lieutenant and served in the areas of Human Resources & Training and Detective & Day Patrol operations.  In 2007 she became the Captain of Field Services.  She served on the University’s multi-disciplinary Intervention Team dealing with trouble students from its inception in 2004 until 2007.  From 2007-2011 she was the co-chair of the multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment Response Team dealing with potential violent threats from students, staff, faculty or non-affiliated persons.  Her current assignment is the Support Services Captain overseeing Information Technology, Communications Center, Personnel, Recruiting, Business Services, and Fleet.



Karen has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Eau Claire and is a 2002 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School where she was the class president.  In addition Karen has attended the Gavin De Becker Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy.  She has trained UW-Madison police officers in basic threat assessment investigations.  She has presented on college threat assessment teams at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals 2011 Chicago Regional Conference.


Karen has been a member of NAWLEE since 2000.  She served as the Publications Chair from 2005 – 2009. In 2009 she was elected as the Secretary for NAWLEE and continues to serve in that role.  Karen is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, International Association of Women Police and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Association.