Bureaus & Divisions
Police Services Bureau
The Police Services Bureau oversees the Administrative Services Division, Uniform Division, Investigative Division, Special Events Division, Emergency Management Division, and personnel assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), providing police services for the Michigan State University Police Department.
Administrative Services Division
The Administrative Services Division is responsible for recruitment, hiring, public information, and policy development. The division also oversees internal affairs and acts as the Department’s Public Information Officer. The division commander manages policy and procedures, the Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit, and serves as ex-officio to the MSU Police Oversight Committee.
The Uniform Division consists of the department’s training officer, officers on patrol, field training officers, specialty teams, and cadres. Uniform Division officers are assigned geographic areas of the campus in a community team policing model and are responsible for crime detection and prevention within those areas. The Training Officer annually manages several department in-service training sessions, in which officers receive instruction on legal updates, first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, behavioral threats, inclusion and anti-bias, emergency management, and other specialized issues.
The Investigative Division is composed of detectives, a court officer, a case manager, and an evidence officer. Other specialized areas include relationship violence and sexual misconduct, behavioral threat assessment, crime scene investigation, records management, fugitive team, violent crimes task force, digital forensic specialists, cybercrime investigators, and dignitary protection.
Special Events Division
The Special Events Division coordinates and assists with planning for any special event on campus that involves resources from the Michigan State University Police Department. In 2017, the MSU Police Department purchased magnetometers to assist with enhanced security efforts at special events.
Emergency Management Division
The Emergency Management Division provides the MSU community with emergency management and fire safety services. In 2017, MSU became the fifth institution of higher education in the nation to become accredited in emergency management programming.
Management Services Bureau
The Management Services Bureau houses the Access Control Division, Parking Division, Business Unit, Technology Unit, and Traffic Engineering Unit. This bureau handles all parking and business-related functions.
Access Control Division
The Access Control Division is responsible for physical security, access control, and alarm monitoring for various buildings on campus.
The vehicle office maintains the faculty, staff, and student vehicle registrations, as well as parking services, including parking enforcement, impounds, and visitor parking.
The Business Unit oversees the department budgets, accounting, and payroll.
The Technology Unit maintains the department’s information technology infrastructure to support all operations in the department.
Traffic Engineering Unit
It is the general duty of the University Traffic Engineer to determine the installation, proper timing, and maintenance of traffic control devices; to plan and direct the operation of traffic on streets within the boundaries of Michigan State University; to establish parking areas, designating limitation and use; and to certify the installation, removal, and/or authorization of traffic control devices and signs.